Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (INS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 30.0101 (Track 16 of 16)

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Interdisciplinary Natural Science degree serves the academic and career goals of undergraduate students who seek a broad education in the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geology). Students select a sequence of upper-level courses based on career goals, choosing three of the five natural science areas. Students interested in secondary education, public health, and other fields may choose this degree.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet FKL Liberal Arts Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Students are encouraged to complete as many of the following courses as possible, during the program of study at the community college, and when feasible in FKL Liberal Arts/Gordon Rule courses. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.

Total Major Hours: 62-64 Hours

Major Core Courses - 38-40 Hours

Tier 1
Two introductory courses in each of 5 natural sciences areas (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology) totaling 38-40 hours:

Major Elective Courses - 24 Hours

Tier 2

Students are required to complete a minimum total of 24 credit hours. A minimum of 6 credit hours of structured, upper division (3000 level or higher) courses in three of the five natural sciences areas is required. All Tier 2 courses in the sciences will be selected by the individual student, but must be chosen from the list of courses approved for department Major credit.

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

For information on teacher certification in science or mathematics, prospective teachers should consult the section entitled Teacher Education Programs and also consult the College of Education section of the catalog.

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