Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Majors

Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 26.0102

College of Arts & Sciences

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

Major Description

The Biomedical Sciences degree serves as a gateway into a variety of health-professional programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Physical Therapy. Required courses include Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics. This degree provides the flexibility to choose advanced-level science coursework based on academic and professional interests. Students contemplating graduate study should pursue a major in the discipline of their interest, such as Biology, Chemistry, or Microbiology.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community/junior college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • BSC X010 & BSC X010L Biology I & Lab or BSC X010C
  • BSC X011 & BSC X011L Biology II & Lab or BSC X011C
  • CHM X045 & CHM X045L General Chemistry I & Lab or CHM X045C
  • CHM X046 & CHM X046L General Chemistry II & Lab or CHM X046C
  • CHM X210 & CHM X210L Organic Chemistry I & Lab or CHM X210C
  • CHM X211 & CHM X211L Organic Chemistry II & Lab or CHM X211C
  • PHY X053 & PHY X053L General Physics I & Lab and PHY X054 & PHY X054L General Physics II & Lab OR
    • PHY X053C and PHY X054C OR
    • PHY X048 & PHY X048L General Physics I & Lab and PHY X049 & PHY X049L General Physics II & Lab OR
    • BSC X093C Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BSC X094C Human Anatomy & Physiology II OR
    • BSC X093 & BSC X093L and BSC X094 & BSC X094L
  • MAC X241 Life Sciences Calculus or MAC X281 or MAC X311
  • MAC X242 Life Sciences Calculus II or MAC X282 or MAC X312 or STA X023 or STA X024

Total Major Hours: 61-62 Hours

Major Core Courses - 40 Hours

Tier 1

Required Biology Courses (8 credit hours):

Required Chemistry Courses (18 credit hours):

Required Mathematics Courses (6 credit hours):*

Required Physics Courses (8 credit hours):*

Major Elective Courses - 21-22 Hours

Tier 2

Required Biomedical Electives:
Total 7-8 credit hours of required courses:

Minimum of 14 credits from the following to include:

  • Upper-level Biology course (choose one)
  • Upper-level Chemistry course (choose one)
  • Upper-level Chemistry or Biology course (choose one)
  • Upper-level Chemistry or Biology Lab (choose one)
  • Upper-level Additional Biomedical elective (choose one)

Biology Courses:

Chemistry Courses:

Other Courses:

  • HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology
  • PHZ 4702 Applications of Physics to Biology & Medicine I
  • PHZ 4703 Applications of Physics to Biology & Medicine II

Students may not use both HSC 4504 and PCB 4234 to the meet Tier 2 required Biomedical Electives requirements.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

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.

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

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 in violation of 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.

Major Grade Requirement

A grade of C or better is required for science and mathematics courses and each supporting course for the Major. All courses in any chemistry major must be taken with letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, I) except those courses which are graded S/U only.

Major Residency Requirement

Chemistry residency requirement: Seven (7) credits of Chemistry coursework, upper or lower level, must be completed at USF.

Upper-level residency requirement: 12 credit hours of major-applicable, upper-level natural science courses must be completed at USF.

Major Other Requirements

No duplicate credit allowed.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Chemistry offers the opportunity for students to participate in undergraduate research with Chemistry faculty. Students can apply for the Academic Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program and find more information here: http://chemistry.usf.edu/undergraduate/reu/. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course with a Chemistry faculty member 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 a 0 credit research course. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Academic Advisors in the Department of Chemistry, as well as the Office for Undergraduate Research, can assist students in understanding the various course options.


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