The following is a list of majors available to Innovation Academy students. We may add to this list in the future as additional majors’ respective colleges and departments develop IA-compatible program plans. Below each major is a sample program plan (in pdf format) showing the required courses and the order in which IA students should complete them.
*All majors are subject to change.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Potential careers for animal sciences majors include livestock production (beef cattle, dairy cattle and horses), livestock processing and utilization (meat, milk, performance and recreation), allied service industries (feed, health care, genetics, equipment, supplies, marketing, promotion, finance and education) and preparation for graduate school or veterinary medical school.
Animal Biology – This specialization is for students who wish to pursue professional or graduate programs. Students who plan to apply to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in the equine, food animal or mixed-practice tracks are encouraged to select electives from the animal sciences programs.
The biology major develops fundamental knowledge of animals, plants and microorganisms. The four specializations offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are tailored to meet the needs of pre-professional students, those preparing for graduate studies in biology or specialized areas such as bioinformatics, ecology, genetics and molecular biology and those seeking a career in biotechnology, education, natural resource management and environmental or biotechnology law.
- Applied Biology is for students interested in learning how fundamental biology is applied to solving problems. This specialization provides exposure to the major issues facing sustainability of human populations and natural resources.
- Biotechnology prepares students for careers where knowledge of molecular biology and genetic engineering are important. Students will have the opportunity to learn various techniques and scientific procedures in molecular biology, virology, bioengineering, cell and tissue culture and bioinformatics.
- Natural Science is for students interested in descriptive and interpretive biology, with an emphasis on field biology. The specialization provides exposure to the major forms of flora and fauna, and integrates some of the major elements that influence flora and fauna, namely soil/water relations and human activities.
- Pre-professional is for students preparing for admission to medical, dental, optometry, veterinary or other professional schools.
Entomology and nematology are biological sciences dealing with insects, mites, ticks, spiders and nematodes. The Department of Entomology and Nematology offers six specializations within the major and are listed below:
- Basic Science – This option prepares students for entry to entomological careers and to graduate school.
- Biosecurity – In this specialization, students receive instruction in biosecurity emphasizing areas of entomology, nematology, plant pathology and weed science. The curriculum focuses on the study of invasive species, including their detection, identification, exclusion, regulation and management.
- Ecotourism – This specialization prepares students for professional careers in the ecotourism industry and is appropriate for employment with nature preserves, nature-based theme parks and in natural history education or nature-based recreation.
- Plant Protection – Students will receive instruction in the pest science areas of entomology, nematology, plant pathology and weed science. Emphasis is placed on understanding the crop/plant ecosystem and the need for managing pests.
- Pre-professional -This option provides preparation for programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary, chiropractic, osteopathy and podiatry.
- Urban Pest Management – This specialization is for entry to the pest control industry. Students receive instruction about arthropods, nematodes, plant diseases and weeds with reference to the pest problems in residential and commercial property.
Plant science is a diverse major offered collaboratively by the departments of Agronomy, Environmental Horticulture and Plant Pathology. Students may earn a B.S. degree with the following specializations.
- Crop ecology – This specialization is designed for students who wish to apply ecological and basic science principles to the design and study of sustainable cropping systems and agricultural ecosystem function.
- Landscape and Nursery Horticulture – This specialization is for students who want to understand the scientific principles of turf and ornamental plant production and use and who desire business knowledge and management skills.
- Plant genetics – This specialization is designed for students who want to learn how to use genetic tools to create plants with characteristics beneficial to the environment and society.
- Sustainable food production – This specialization prepares students for professions in crop production and management. Students will explore and understand production practices that meet present world food needs without compromising quality of life for future generations.
The department of Agricultural Education and Communication aims to serve society by advancing individuals and organizations in agriculture and natural resources through research and evidence-based practice in education, communication, and leadership.
Communication and Leadership Development & Innovation Minor – The Communication and Leadership Development specialization prepares students for entry into agribusiness and communication positions related to human resource development, corporate training and development, political interests and agricultural literacy.
Warrington College of Business
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a four-year degree program that provides an excellent foundation in accounting and business. Its conceptual focus is designed to prepare students for success in a constantly evolving business environment and to prepare students for graduate studies.
The Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-General Studies degree provides a broad overview of the functional areas of business with a selected area of specialization. Students take foundation courses in economics, mathematics, computing skills and accounting; core courses that relate to the basic functions of business, such as finance, management, marketing and operations management; and area of specialization courses that focus on a specific topic, such as international studies, mass communication, criminology, science or a foreign language.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration–Economics degree program provides a broad overview of the functional areas of business with an emphasis in economics. Students take foundation courses in economics, mathematics, computing skills and accounting; core courses that relate to the basic functions of business, such as finance, management, marketing and operations management; and major courses that impart an understanding of how households, firms and governments make economic decisions and how the implications of those decisions affect the business environment, resource allocation, pricing, distribution of income and macroeconomic variables.
*Only available to students admitted in the Spring of 2015 or prior.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance degree program provides a broad overview of the functional areas of business with an emphasis in finance. Students take foundation courses in economics, mathematics, computing skills and accounting; core courses that relate to the basic functions of business, such as finance, management, marketing and operations management; and major courses that develop students’ financial decision-making skills.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration–Information Systems degree program provides a broad overview of the functional areas of business with an emphasis in information systems. Students take foundation courses in economics, mathematics, computing skills and accounting; core courses that relate to the basic functions of business, such as finance, management, marketing and operations management; and major courses that focus on the computing, quantitative and application skills that are vital to a business problem-solving setting.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Management degree program provides a broad overview of the functional areas of business with an emphasis in management. Students take foundation courses in economics, mathematics, computing skills and accounting; core courses that relate to the basic functions of business, such as finance, management, marketing and operations management; and major courses that focus on the behavioral and organizational problems of management.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing degree program provides a broad overview of the functional areas of business with an emphasis in marketing. Students take foundation courses in economics, mathematics, computing skills and accounting; core courses that relate to the basic functions of a business, such as finance, management, marketing and operations management; and major courses that teach students how to plan and execute the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of products and manage customer relationships in ways that benefit organizations and their stakeholders.
College of Design, Construction and Planning
The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment allows students to explore creative solutions for the planning, design and construction of human structures and settlements.
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
The computer science program combines a strong engineering-oriented technical basis with a flexible interdisciplinary component and an emphasis on communication skills. This flexibility will be increasingly important in the future as computers become more important tools in an ever-increasing number of disciplines.
The Digital Arts and Sciences degree is a core computer science degree with special emphasis on human-centered computing, which includes art, design and computing courses that are related to digital media, interaction and communication. Graduates will be well versed in issues and solutions for basic art techniques and graphic art design as well as modeling 3D virtual worlds.
Industrial and systems engineers specialize in coordination, planning and control. Industrial growth has created unusual opportunities for the industrial and systems engineer. Due to increased emphasis on automation and productivity, coupled with higher levels of systems sophistication, there is great demand for engineering graduates with broad interdisciplinary backgrounds.
College of the Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art Studies curriculum is designed for students who seek a liberal arts education with an emphasis in the visual arts. There is less emphasis on studio and design studies and the curriculum is aimed primarily toward experience and understanding rather than professional specialization or preparation for a career in art or design. A portfolio review will be required of students before admission to junior-level studio courses.
College of Journalism and Communications
The advertising curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for advancement to positions of leadership and to prepare students for entry-level positions in account management, media planning, and media sales and research. It also familiarizes students with the design and conceptualization skills necessary for careers in art direction and copy-writing.
The Department of Journalism consistently ranks among the best journalism programs in the country. It is housed in a college professionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The department’s mission is to teach the art and craft of journalism and to foster an appreciation for accuracy, fairness, truth and diversity.
Public relations is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs as technicians (for example, producing news releases), as well as for career advancement as managers (for example, formulating communication strategy for a new initiative). Excellent writing skills are essential.
The Department of Telecommunication consistently ranks among the top five in the United States and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
- Media & Society – This specialization focuses on the theories, methods and techniques used to play, produce and distribute audio and video programs and messages; personnel and facilities management; marketing and distribution; media regulations, law and policy; and principles of broadcast technology. It prepares individuals to work in media organizations and those organizations that use electronic media, such as political campaigns, government, education and business.
- News – The news specialization prepares students for careers as reporters and anchors, or as producers who are responsible for news programs behind-the-scenes. Entry into the broadcast news sequence is limited to students in the Department of Telecommunication who have placed in a competitive entrance exam.
- Production – The production specialization prepares students for careers in program creation, writing and the creative applications of video and audio technology.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The primary emphasis of the African-American studies program is to educate students about the theories and methodologies pertaining to the study of African-Americans. Students will be able to compare and contrast the experiences of people of African descent in the U.S. to those in the wider African Diaspora. They will also learn through participation in community-service activities. After obtaining a degree in African-American studies, students can seek careers as archivists, attorneys, civil rights professionals, community organizers, government employees, librarians, public policy professionals, professors, teachers and researchers.
Anthropology is the study of people in their cultural context and the examination of all aspects of patterned social behavior. The discipline is worldwide in scope and encompasses all aspects of human biological and social life from earliest times to the present. It is a broad, holistic field that seeks to understand human adaptation to natural and social environments.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a biology major that allows students to develop a broad, integrative background in the biological sciences.
Pre-Professional – The pre-professional track is specifically designed for those students who wish to pursue admission to professional healthcare graduate programs.
Chemistry is often called the central science because of the pivotal role it plays in the biological and physical sciences, and in engineering, agriculture, medicine and allied health disciplines. Bachelor”s degree chemists choose from diverse paths for their short-term and lifetime careers, including graduate study in a variety of programs, rewarding employment in industry or government laboratories, professional or law school, or much-needed teaching in high schools.
Undergraduate study in English prepares students for diverse careers in law, publishing, advertising, media and business, teaching and advanced degree work. Courses offered by the department introduce students to a world of experiences that cannot be exhausted in the brief span of a college education; new authors, new works, new media, and new tools for understanding continually enlarge and transform the world.
Geography is the science of place, space, and environment. Each place on earth is distinguished by a unique mix of natural resources, cultural practices, and socioeconomic and political systems. Geographers study what makes each place unique, as well as the connections and interactions between places.
- B.A. in Geography
This degree is best suited for students interested in careers in urban and regional planning, business geography, medical geography, and geographic education, or for students who want a broad overview of the discipline with a focus on human geography.
- B.A. in Environmental Geosciences
This degree is a joint program between the Department of Geography and the Department of Geological Sciences and is intended for students interested in land and water aspects of the environment. The degree focuses on human impacts, water and mineral resource exploitation and management, disasters, environmental planning, earth science education, or environmental law.
- B.A. in Medical Geography in Global Health
This degree is intended for students interested in social and cultural aspects of medical geography and global health and disease issues. The degree focuses on human impacts, cultural and social aspects of health and disease, and public health planning and management.
- B.S. in Geography
This degree is best suited for someone who wishes to pursue a career in environmental consulting or graduate work in physical geography or related natural sciences, including atmospheric science, geosciences, hydrologic sciences, or meteorology.
- B.S. Medical Geography in Global Health
This degree is best suited for someone who wishes to pursue a career in public or animal health or disease management or graduate work in medical geography, public health or related natural sciences, including ecology, biology, or epidemiology/public health. This specialization offers the flexibility for students to prepare for admission to health professions programs.
The history department fosters a learning experience that stands apart from newer modes of instruction at large universities. Amid the shift to larger classes, televised lectures and machine-gradable exams, history faculty have chosen to follow a more traditional path. The department’s emphasis on small courses, analytical reading, lively debate and interpretative writing offers committed students unique rewards. It also comes with high expectations.
Studying mathematics develops such skills as critical thinking, oral and written communication, arguing logically and rigorously, thinking abstractly, formulating and solving problems, analyzing data, analyzing mathematical models, quantitative and computer proficiency, and the ability to work in groups. Employers value these skills; consequently, math majors find themselves in demand by employers for careers in a wide spectrum of fields.
The political science major is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in or near the public sector. Students take coursework in areas as diverse as American and comparative politics, political theory, international relations, public policy and public administration.
Psychology is the science of human and animal behavior. Psychology majors receive a broad science-based liberal arts education. As a result, those with a B.S. in psychology are widely sought in business, education and mental health fields. For a professional career in psychology, a graduate degree is needed.
- General Psychology – This specialization requires courses in four core areas within the discipline as well as elective psychology courses.
- Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience – This specialization focuses on natural science-oriented psychology courses and allows students to take limited approved non-psychology courses relevant to contemporary neuroscience.
Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists examine the structure of groups, organizations and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Sociologists use diverse research methods and many unique perspectives to analyze virtually any social issue.