Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


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


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 Requirements

Major Requirements

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

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.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement

FKL or Liberal Arts Requirement.The student is required to complete the university's Liberal Arts Requirement. Chemistry and Mathematics courses required for chemistry degrees satisfy the Liberal Arts requirements in the areas of Natural Science and Quantitative Methods.

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