Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 40.0501 (Track 1 of 2)
College of Arts & Sciences
The Chemistry B.A. gives students exposure to analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry while providing the flexibility to take additional elective courses. Students interested in professional, law, or graduate school or those who anticipate working in careers related to secondary education or business will find this degree attractive. The B.A. student whose goals change in the direction of graduate study should supplement this curriculum by addition and/or substitution of a selection of advanced courses from the B.S. program.
The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry provides opportunities for curricula individually tailored to meet many career objectives.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course PrerequisitesStudents should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. These include two semesters each of General Chemistry lecture and lab, Organic Chemistry lecture and lab, Calculus, and General Physics lecture and lab. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.
- CHM X045/X045L General Chemistry I (with lab) or CHM 1040 and 1041, or 1045C
- CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II or CHM 1046C
- MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
- MAC 2312 Calculus II or MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
- CHM 2210/2210L Organic Chemistry I & Lab or CHM 2210C
- CHM 2211/2211L Organic Chemistry II & Lab or CHM 2211C
- PHY 2048/2048L Gen Physics I & Lab or PHY 2048C, or PHY 2053C or PHY 2053 and PHY 2053L
- PHY 2049/2049L Gen Physics II & Lab or PHY 2049C, or PHY 2054C or PHY 2054 and PHY 2054L
Total Major Hours: 61-63 Hours
Major Core Courses - 47-49 Hours
- CHM 2045 General Chemistry
- CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab
- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab
- CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
- CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab
- CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
- CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab
- CHM 3120C Elementary Analytical Chemistry I
- CHM 3610 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I
- CHM 3610L Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I Lab
- CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I
- CHM 4413 Biophysical Chemistry
- MAC 2311 and MAC 2312 or MAC 2281 and MAC 2282
- PHY 2053 /PHY 2053L and PHY 2054/PHY 2054L or PHY 2048/PHY 2048L and PHY 2049/PHY 2049L
Major Elective Courses - 14 HoursStudents must choose 6 hours of 3000 level or above; may include not more than 1 hour of CHM 4970.
- Suggested courses:
- BCH 3053 Introductory Biochemistry
- BCH 3023L Basic Biochemistry Laboratory
- BCH 4034 Advanced Biochemistry
- CHM 4300 Biomolecules I
- CHS 4300 Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry
- CHS 4301L Clinical Laboratory
- CHM 4060 Use of Chemical Literature
- CHM 4070 Historical Perspectives in Chemistry
- CHM 4130C Methods of Instrument Analysis
- CHM 4131C Methods of Chemical Investigation II
- CHM 4411 Physical Chemistry II
- CHM 4410L Physical Chemistry Laboratory
- CHM 4611 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
- CHM 4970 Undergraduate Research
- CHM 4932* Selected Topics in Chemistry
- Suggested courses:
- BSC 2010/2010L Cellular Processes/Laboratory
- BSC 2011/2011L Biodiversity/Laboratory
- GLY 2010/2000L Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Physical Geology/Laboratory
- GLY 2100/2100L History of Life/Laboratory
- EVR 2001/2001L Introduction to Environmental Science/Laboratory
- CGS 2060 Introduction to Computers and Computer Programming
- STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I
Additional Major Requirements
CHM 4932 Peer Leading cannot be used as a required chemistry elective in the major.
D/F Policy: The following three departments, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology and the Department of Integrative Biology have instituted a procedure to provide students with the best opportunity to progress toward their degree requirements.
Effective Fall 2009, the following D and/or F grade rules apply for students to continue in all of the following majors:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Biology (including the marine science concentration)
- Chemistry (BA, BS)
- Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (INS)
- Medical Technology and
- Pre-medical sciences students (PMS) who have not yet declared a major
Free Electives. Courses over and above the required courses should be taken to complete a 120 hour program. Additional courses in computer programming, economics, management, engineering, statistics, writing, and other applied disciplines are strongly recommended to strengthen the degree for subsequent professional employment.
Transfer Credit: It is strongly recommended that students transferring from community/state colleges to the University of South Florida complete whole sequences of chemistry courses, such as general and organic chemistry, before they transfer. Even though courses may carry the same common course number, topics covered may vary significantly from school to school.
- All students entering USF for the first time, in Fall 2009 or later, who subsequently earn three (3) D and/or F grades in applicable USF science and math coursework for their major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will be required to change their major to a major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to a major that is not conferred by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
- All continuing USF students who entered USF prior to Fall 2009 and who have not earned any D or F grades in USF science and math coursework for their major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) before Fall 2009, will also be redirected after earning three (3) D and/or F grades in subsequent terms. Upon earning the 3rd D and/or F grade, students will be required to choose another major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to one that is not conferred by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
- All continuing USF students who entered USF prior to Fall 2009 and who have earned one(1) or more D or F grades in USF science and math coursework for the major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) prior to Fall 2009, will be allowed to count all previous D/F grades as one (1) D/F grade. After Fall 2009, students who earn two (2) additional D and/or F grades (resulting in three (3) total D/F grades) in subsequent terms will be required to choose another major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to one that is not conferred by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
- Lab only courses are not counted towards the total number of D/F grades earned for the policy. Grade Forgiveness will NOT apply to the mandated requirement of changing majors.
- If a student is redirected via the D/F policy, regardless of major, they will no longer be able to take any courses offered by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
Exceptions to the required change of major will be considered by the department of the student's major and ONLY for those students with exceptional circumstances.
Major Grade RequirementA grade of C or better is required in each chemistry major course and each supporting course specified for a chemistry degree. All courses in a chemistry program must be taken with letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, I) except those courses which are graded S/U only.
Major Residency RequirementNine hours of upper-level chemistry courses must be completed at USF for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degrees.
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