Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

Chemistry (CHM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0501 (Track 1 of 2)

College of Arts & Sciences

http://chemistry.usf.edu/undergraduate/degree/ba/

Major Description

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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students 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.

Total Major Hours: 61-63 Hours

Major Core Courses - 47-49 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 14 Hours

Students must choose 6 hours of 3000 level or above; may include not more than 1 hour of CHM 4970.
Students must choose 8 hours of required natural science or engineering electives.
    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

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)
  • Microbiology
  • 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 Requirement

A 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 Requirement

Nine 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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