Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

Chemistry (CHS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0501 (Track 1 of 2)

College of Arts & Sciences

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

Major Description

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed for students wishing to continue with graduate training in chemistry and closely allied disciplines and the degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides a firm foundation in all five disciplines of chemistry: organic, physical chemistry, inorganic, analytical and biochemistry. Students interested in research, the pursuit of an advanced degree, employment in the chemical industry, or who want to teach at the secondary education level may find this degree attractive. The curriculum for the B.S. degree in Chemistry meets the requirements for degree certification by the American Chemical Society.

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: 73-76 Hours

Major Core

The required sequence of Chemistry courses should be started immediately in the freshman year; the mathematics and physics requirements should be completed before the junior year as preparation for CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I (B.S. degree), a course which is to be taken in the third year. CHM 4410 is a prerequisite to other advanced courses required for the B.S. degree in chemistry. CHM 4060 “Use of Chemical Literature” also is a prerequisite to several B.S. degree courses.

Major Core Courses - 70 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 3-6 Hours

Other suggested chemistry electives:

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Chairperson and Professor: R. Larsen; Associate Chair and Professor: W.C. Guida, Assistant Chair and Instructor: P. Muisener; Emeritus Professors: J. Binford, J.C. Davis, Jr., J.E. Fernandez, L. Mandell, B. Stevens, R.M. O’Malley; Distinguished University Professor Emeritus: D.F. Martin; Professors: B.J. Baker, M. Eddaoudi, J.P. Harmon, M.D. Johnston, M.L. McLaughlin, G.G. Meisels, D.J. Merkler, L. Ming, R. Potter, B. Space, E. Turos, M. Zaworotko; P. Zhang; Associate Professors: J. Antilla, K.S. Bisht, J. Lewis, A. Malik, R. Manetsch, A. van der Vaart; Assistant Professors: J. Cai, I. Gelis, S. Lewis, X. Li, S. Ma, J. Raker, D. Rogers, L. Woodcock, S. Sandi-Urena, X. Wang; Research Assistant Professors: M. Kumar, E. Rivera, L. Wojitas; Instructors: L. Anderson, D. Cruz-Ramirez de Arelanno, V. Lykourinou, S.T. Weldegirma.

Major Other Information

Free Electives. Courses over and above the required courses should be taken to complete a 120 hour program. Recommended courses are listed in the degree requirements below. 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.

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