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

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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