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Beginning in 1985, the State of Florida instituted the College Preparatory or Pre-Collegiate Program. Students who score below a certain level on specified sub-tests of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American Collegiate Test (ACT) are placed in the College Preparatory Program. Upon entering the university, these students are given placement tests to determine their need to be in the College Preparatory Program. Students who score below the following placement tests remain in the program.

  Standard Score
SAT-I, The College Board  
Verbal 440
Mathematics   440

Enhanced ACT, American Testing Program Standard Score
Reading 18
English 17
Mathematics 19

Based on the scores above, students will receive college preparatory instruction in the areas of English, mathematics, and/or reading. The college preparatory courses, although required for identified students, do not carry college credit, and student performance is evaluated on an S/U basis. Students have three semesters to complete successfully any required college preparatory course.

The college preparatory courses at the university are:

  Semester hours
English - ENC 0015 Developmental Writing I 3
English - ENC 0025 Developmental Writing II 3
Mathematics - MAT 0018 Developmental Mathematics I 3
Mathematics - MAT 0028 Developmental Mathematics II 3
Reading - REA 0007 Developmental Reading I 3

For further information see College Preparatory Program listed elsewhere in this publication.

The State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.30(2), commonly known as the “Gordon Rule,” specifies that all state universities require in all baccalaureate degree programs, satisfactory completion of twelve (12) semester hours of English course work in which all students are required to produce written work of at least 24,000 words and completion of six (6) hours of mathematics course work at the level of college algebra or higher. A grade of “C” or better is required in each course in the communication, mathematics and humanities/social sciences lists. Subsection (3) (d) of the rule authorizes alternative plans to the subsection (2) requirements. Accordingly, Florida A&M University’s alternative plan is as follows:

I.    COMMUNICATION - (6 Semester Hours).  Estimated number of words for each course is 6,000
ENC  1101,   ENC 1102  Freshman  Communication  Skills  I & II
ENC  1121,   ENC 1122 Honors Freshman Composition  I & II
II.    MATHEMATICS - (6 Semester Hours)
       Choose two Mathematics or computation coursework at or above College Algebra from the following approved mathematics course list.

Course Prefix # Course Title Credit Hours
MAA  4211 Advanced Calculus I 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
MAC 1114 Alg. & Trig Functions 3
MAC 1147 Pre-Calculus Math 4
MAC 2223 Calculus for Arch 4
MAC 2233 Calculus for Business  I 3
MAC 2234 Calculus for Business II 3
MAC 2311 Calculus I 4
MAC 2312 Calculus II 4
MAD 2120 Finite Mathematics 3
MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Math I 3
MGF 1107 Liberal Arts Math II 3
MTG 2206 College Geometry 3
STA 2023 Intro. to Probability & Stat I 3

Note: Any 3 credit hour course offered by the Mathematics Department may be used.

        Choose four courses from the following approved topical humanities course list. Estimated number of words for each course is 3,000.

Course Prefix #Course TitleCredit Hours
AFA 3104The African Amer. Experience3
AMH 2010U.S. History 1492-18653
AMH 2020U.S. History 1865-Present3
AMH 2091Intro. to African-American History3
AMH 3571Afro-American History to 18653
AMH 3572Afro-American History Since 18653
AML 2010American Literature I3
AML 3041American Literature II3
AML 4154Modern American Poetry3
ARC 2701Survey of Arch. History I3
ARH 2000Art Appreciation3
ARH 2050Art History I: Prehistory to Rennaiss.3
ARH 2051Art History II: Baroque to Modern3
ARH 3610American Art3
ARH 4410Modern Art History3
ARH 4614African-American Art3
ENL 3013English Literature to 18th Century3
ENL 3034English Literature II3
EUH 3100Ancient History3
EUH 3120Medieval History3
EUH 3501History of England, 1485-17143
HUM 2211Historical Survey I3
HUM 3214Early Civil & the Classical World3
HUM 3217Judeo Christian & Medieval Cultures3
HUM 2230Historical Survey II3
HUM 3237Counter Reformation Bar. & Enlight.3
HUM 3238The European Rennais. & Reform.3
HUM 324419th Cent. Rev.: Historic & Artistic3
HUM 3255Modern and Post-Modern Culture3
HUM 3401Asian Humanities3
HUM 3421African Americans in Film3
HUM 3425African Humanities3
HUM 3546Caribbean Literature & Popular Cult.3
HUM 3930Special Topics in Humanities3
LIT 2110Intro to Literature I3
LIT 2120Intro to Literature II3
LIT 3196African-Caribbean Literature3
LIT 3824Latino Literature3
MMC 2000Introduction to Mass Media3
MUH 3116Jazz History3
MUH 3211History and Literature of Music I3
MUH 3212History and Literature of Music II3
MUH 3561Afro-American Music3
MUL 2111Intro. to Music I3
MUL 2112Intro. to Music II3
PHH 2102Ancient and Medieval Philosophy3
PHH 3400Modern Philosophy3
PHH 3600Contemporary Philosophy3
PHI 2010Intro. to Philosophy3
PHI 2101Intro. to Logic3
PHI 3601Ethics3
PHI 2801Intro. to Aesthetics3
PHM 3120Contemporary Black Social Phil.3
REL 2000Intro. to Religion3
REL 3120Religion in American Culture3
REL 2135Black Religion in America3
REL 3145Women in Religion3
REL 2210Intro. to Old Testament3
REL 2240Intro to New Testament3
REL 2320Western World Religion3
REL 3310Eastern World Religions3
REL 3383Caribbean Religion & Culture3
REL 4440Contemporary Religious Thought3
THE 2000Intro. to Theatre3
THE 3112Theatre History I3
THE 3113Theatre History II3
THE 3232Black Theatre/Film & Rel. Studies3
THE 3235Cont. Black Theatre3
WOH 1012History of Civilization3
WOH 1022History of Civilization: Ren. to 18483
The following social science courses may be used to satisfy the humanities/social science part of the Gordon Rule requirement: 
ANT 2000Intro. to Anthropology3 
ECO 2013Prin. of Economics I3 
ECO 2023Prin. of Economics II3 
GEA 2000World Regional Geography3 
POS 2001Intro. to Political Science3 
POS 2041American National Government3 
POS 2112American State and Local Government3 
PSY 2012Intro. to Psychology3 
SYG 2000Intro. to Sociology3 
General Education Approved
Course List

All students enrolled in the lower division programs of the university must complete the following sequence of general education courses for a total of 35-36 credit hours:

ENC 1101, ENC 1102  Freshman Communication Skills I & II  or ENC 1121, ENC 1122   Honors Freshman Composition I & II

Humanities [6]*
Complete two courses from the following approved humanities course list:

Course Prefix # Course Title Credit Hours
AFA 3104 The African American Experience 3
AMH 2010 U.S. History 1492 - 1865 3
AMH 2020 U.S. History 1865 - Present 3
AMH 2091 Intro. to African-American History 3
AMH 3571 Afro-American  History  to 1865 3
AMH 3572 Afro-American History  Since 1865 3
AML 2010 American Literature I 3
AML 3041 American Literature II 3
AML 4154 Modern American Poetry 3
ARC 2701  Survey of Architectural History I 3
ARH 2000 Art Appreciation 3
ARH 2050 Art History I: Prehistory to Renaiss. 3
ARH 2051 Art History II: Baroque to Modern 3
ARH 3610 American Art   3
ARH 4410   Modern Art History 3
ARH 4614 African-American Art 3
ENL 3013 English Literature to 18th Century 3
ENL 3034 English Literature II 3
EUH 3100 Ancient History 3
EUH 3120 Medieval History 3
EUH 3501 History of England, 1485-1714 3
HUM 2211 Historical Survey I  3
HUM 2230    Historical Survey II 3
HUM 3214 Early Civil & the Classical World 3
HUM 3217 Judeo Christian & Medieval Cultures 3
HUM 3237 Counter Reformation Bar. & Englight.  3
HUM 3238 The European Rennais. & Reform.  3
HUM 3244 19th Century Rev.: Historic & Artistic  3
HUM 3255  Modern and Post-Modern Culture  3
HUM 3401  Asian Humanities  3
HUM 3421 African Americans in Film  3
HUM 3425 African Humanities  3
HUM 3546 Caribbean Literature & Popular Culture  3
HUM 3930 Special Topics in Humanities  3
LIT 2110 Intro. to  Literature I 3
LIT 2120 Intro. to Literature II 3
LIT 3196 African-Caribbean Literature 3
LIT 3824 Latino Literature 3
MMC 2000 Introduction to Mass Media 3
MUH 3116 Jazz History 3
MUH 3211 History and Literature of Music I 3
MUH 3212 History and Literature of Music II 3
MUH 3561 Afro-American Music 3
MUL 2111 Intro. to Music I  3
MUL 2112 Intro. to Music II   3
PHH 2102 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3
PHH 3400   Modern Philosophy 3
PHH 3600    Contemporary Philosophy 3
PHI 2010   Intro. to Philosophy 3
PHI 2101 Intro. to Logic 3
PHI 2801 Introduction to Aesthetics 3
PHI 3601 Ethics 3
PHM 3120 Contemporary Black Social Phil. 3
REL 2000 Intro. to Religion 3
REL 2135 Black Religion in America 3
REL 2210   Intro. to the Old Testament 3
REL 2240   Intro. to the New Testament 3
REL 2320 Western World Religions 3
REL 3120 Religion in American Culture 3
REL 3145 Women in Religion 3
REL 3310 Eastern World Religion 3
REL 3383 Caribbean Religion & Culture 3
REL 4440 Contemporary Religious Thought 3
THE 2000 Intro. to Theatre 3
THE 3112 Theatre History I 3
THE 3113 Theatre History II 3
THE 3232 Black Theatre/Film & Rel. Studies 3
THE 3235 Contemporary  Black Theatre 3
W0H 1012 History of  Civilization 3
W0H 1022  History of  Civilization: Ren. to 1848 3

Mathematics [6]*
Complete two Mathematics or computation coursework at or above College Algebra from the following approved course list:

Course Prefix # Course Title Credit Hours
MAC 4211 Advanced Calculus 4
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
MAC 1114 Algebraic and Trigonometric Functions 3
MAC 1147 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4
MAC 2223 Calculus for Architecture 4
MAC 2233 Calculus for Business  3
MAC 2234 Calculus for Business II 3
MAC 2311 Calculus I  4
MAC 2312  Calculus II 4
MGF 1106  Liberal Arts Mathematics I 3
MGF 1107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II  3
MGF 2212 Finite Mathematics (MAD 2120) 3
MTG 2206 College Geometry 3
STA 2023  Intro to Probability & Statistics I 3

Natural Science [6-8]**
Complete any two 3 credit hour courses in the following approved Natural Science course list. Department chairs are requested to revise students' curriculum plan to replace 2 credit hours of natural science laboratory requirement with elective courses.  However, science majors are required to complete two courses with corresponding laboratory for each science course for a total of 8 semester credit hours.

Course Prefix # Course Title Credit Hours
AST 1002 Astronomy 3
AST 1002L Astronomy Lab 1
BOT 1010 Elementary Botany 3
BOT 1010L Elementary Botany Lab 1
BSC 1005 Biological Science 3
BSC 1005L Biological Science Lab 1
BSC 1010C General Biology  I  3
BSC 1010L General Biology I Lab 1
BSC 1011C General Biology II  3
BSC 1011L General Biology II Lab 1
CHM 1015 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
CHM 1015L Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab 1
CHM 1030 Intro. Chemistry for Health Science 3
CHM 1030L Intro. Chemistry for Health Science Lab 1
CHM 1031 Chemistry for Health Sciences 3
CHM 1031L Chemistry for Health Sciences Lab 1
CHM 1045  General Chemistry I /with Lab 3
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab 1
EVY 2570 Prin. of Environmental Entomology 3
EVS 4007 Intro. Environmental Sciences 3
HUN 2401 Human Nutrition 3
ISC 1006 Wide World Science I  3
ISC 1006L Wide World Science I Lab 1
ISC 1007 Wide World Science II  3
ISC 1007L Wide World Science II Lab 1
PHY 2048 General Physics I 3
PHY 2048L General Physics I Lab 1
PHY 2049 General Physics II  3
PHY 2049 L General Physics II Lab 1
PSC 1121 Physical Science  3
PSC 1121L Physical Science Lab 1

Social Sciences  [6]*
Complete AMH 2091 Introduction to African-American History or any AFA prefix course and one course from the following approved course list:

Course Prefix # Course Title Credit Hours
AEB 2104 Economics of Agric. and Natural Resources 3
GEA 2000 World Geography 3
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology 3
ECO 2013 Principles of Economics I  3
ECO 2023 Principles of Economics II 3
POS 2001 Introduction to Political Science 3
POS 2041 American National Government 3
POS 2112 American State and Local Government  3
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology 3
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3

Note: AMH 2091 may also be used to satisfy humanities requirement. However, a student must complete a total of 35-36 general education credit.

Electives [4-6]*
Complete SPC 2600 Public Speaking or HSC 1100 Health Modern Living or a course from any of the approved Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities courses listed above.

Note: Each school/college may require students to be computer literate by requiring them to take an appropriate course or by certifying that the student has mastered certain computer competencies specified by the school/college.

* A minimum grade of "C" is required.

** Please refer to academic department for minimum grade requirement for the natural science course list.

Health Careers Preparatory Program
Health Careers Preparatory Programs are designed to prepare students to meet the critical manpower needs in the health professions. They are interdisciplinary programs that are open to all students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the health related areas - such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and allied health. Detailed programs with specific discipline emphasis are outlined in the areas of chemistry and biology and in the division of agricultural sciences.

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry
- These areas prepare students to pursue studies at any medical or dental school. Emphasis is placed not only upon the academic work, but considerable attention is devoted also to developing those inter-personal attributes, which are necessary to become a good doctor or dentist. Every opportunity is taken to permit students to interact with medical and dental personnel. Students are encouraged to make surveys or carry out other special projects of interest.

Program in Medical Sciences (PIMS) - This inter-institutional program involving Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and the University Of Florida College Of Medicine serves as an alternate tract for students who seek to pursue a career in medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Students in the program can complete the equivalent of the first year of medical school (the basic medical sciences) while completing their baccalaureate degree. From among those students participating in the program, up to fifty (50) a year may be guaranteed a position at the University of Florida College of Medicine upon successful completion of all PIMS required courses and a baccalaureate degree. A separate bulletin describing this program is available.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine - A student who is aspiring to pursue a career in veterinary medicine should plan to complete either Plan I or Plan II of the pre-veterinary program as outlined in the division of agricultural sciences.

Honors Program Mission

The mission of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Honors Program is to provide a series of challenging courses and academic enhancement experiences for undergraduate students who excel.  Enhancement of academic performance should lead to consummate intellectual engagement and strong research orientation as a launch to both graduate and professional schools, as well as career paths.  The program stresses four major areas of concentration: academic achievement, development of leadership potential, community service and cultural enrichment.

Honors Program Objectives

1.    To create an environment where academically talented students can develop and thrive.
2.    To provide mentoring, nurturing and academic support to assist students in achieving their full potential.
3.    To promote students' interest in international education.
4.    To provide opportunities for internships and service learning involvement.
Honors Program Admission Requirements

The University Honors Program has a separate admissions process from the University as a whole. The criteria for admittance into the University Honors Program depend on a student’s classification and enrollment status.

1.    GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
2.    SAT of 1700 or ACT of 27.
3.    Two letters of recommendation.
4.    A copy of the high school transcript.
5.    Writing sample.
Continuing and Transfer Students

1.    Continuing college student, transfer student, or community college graduate with an AA or AS degree
2.    GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0
3.    Two letters of recommendation
4.    A copy of the college transcript(s)
5.    Writing sample

The latest point at which students may apply for admissions to the program is the first semester of their junior year. In order to remain in the program, student must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Qualified applicants are accepted from all disciplines.

The Office of International Education and Development (OlED), a component of the Division of Academic Affairs, supports and promotes the inter-nationalization of the University through the incorporation of international curriculum support and academic enhancement activities related to teaching, research, and public service. OlED seeks to enhance the University's relevance in an interdependent global village and to facilitate greater appreciation of cross-cultural relations and global issues. OlED strives to establish and maintain a University environment that encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in a process that enhances and broadens the global role of the University. Services to students, faculty, and staff are provided through three units: (1) International Student and Scholar Services; (2) International Education and Exchange Programs; and (3) International Research and Development. (For updated information on the Office of International Education and Development, please see Appendix B).

International Student and Scholar Services
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Department provides resources to facilitate the adjustment process of international students in their new cultural environment. ISSS coordinates the Florida West Africa Institute (FLAWI) and monitors the programs of students supported by other institutions in Florida. ISSS administers and oversees all international F-1 and sponsored J-1 students enrolled at FAMU and provides assistance to faculty and staff who apply for the H-1 B visas. In addition to administrative support and referral services related to immigration and other needs, ISSS offers a range of programs and activities to enhance the overall educational experience of international students and scholars at FAMU.

All incoming international students and scholars are provided orientation to the university and the local community. The staff provides international students and scholars individualized advising related to academic issues, housing, health issues and other concerns. It also sponsors outreach initiatives, which include an active Host Family Program and participation in the community international awareness activities. OIED also sponsors the International Student Association. (For updated information on International Student and Scholar Services, please see Appendix B).

Education Abroad and Exchange Programs

The Education Abroad and Exchange Programs (EAEP) Department, a Title III funded activity, provides FAMU students a substantial array of resources to help them identify opportunities for study, travel and work abroad. The International Resource Center consists of print directories, guidebooks, pamphlets, brochures, a TV monitor and a computer to access electronic bookmarked websites of diverse education abroad opportunities. Education abroad consists of service learning, traditional year-long or semester study abroad internships, departmental-sponsored short-term study and outreach.

OIED administers a year-round semester program study abroad program in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, for students seeking to experience a Latin American/Caribbean country. Classes are taught at the Pontlficia Universidad Cathlica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). The prescribed academic program consists of Spanish Language studies, Dominican and Afro-Caribbean culture and literature, directed individual study in the student’s major field, and community service component.

The education abroad staff organizes several short-term academic excursions with a service learning component during the spring break or summer sessions for faculty, staff, and students. The enriching activities can be customized to the faculty member’s class syllabi or a department research project.

FAMU is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of accredited two- and four-year U.S. and foreign colleges and universities which share a commitment to developing a variety of international programs. FAMU coordinates the CCIS Summer Program in the Dominican Republic. Through its consortia affiliations with CCIS and the Council for International Education & Exchanges, a student can study in over 100 countries and in most fields. Applications are processed through the Office of International Education and Development.

The Diplomat-In-Residence (DIR) Program is another component within OIED. Since 2001, FAMU has hosted three Diplomats-in- Residence, a program supported by the U.S. Department of State to encourage more students to pursue careers in the Foreign Services.

The education abroad staff seeks to identify opportunities for faculty and staff to study, work, teach, or conduct research abroad. They assist with travel arrangements, travel document issues, pre-departure orientation, and other concerns related to travel abroad. The staff maintains an array of resources for faculty and staff and regularly informs them of the various opportunities available to them through public and private agencies- for exchanges, research opportunities, and technical assistance to other universities.

International Research and Development
The International Research and Development Department (IRD) facilitates the development of international collaborative projects by providing technical assistance to faculty and staff that enables FAMU faculty, staff, and students to become involved in international collaborative research and development activities. The staff monitors or assists in coordinating collaborative inter-national projects to be implemented by faculty and staff. It networks with professional international consortia, organizations and government agencies for grants to support FAMU internationalization.

IRD is the custodian of all international Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) signed with other entities abroad.

If you need any of these services, please contact the Office of International Education and Development, located in 302 Perry-Paige North or call 850-599-3562 or 850-599-3295. (For updated information on International Research and Development, please see Appendix B).