Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Majors

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

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

Major Description

The Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences 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 the five (5) natural sciences areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology. Choose from the following courses:

  • Calculus I and II:
  • Biology I and II:
  • General Chemistry I and II:
  • Geology I and II: 
  • Physics I and II:
    • PHY 2053 General Physics I and PHY 2053L General Physics I Laboratory
    • PHY 2054 General Physics II and PHY 2054L General Physics II Laboratory 
      • PHY 2048 General Physics I - Calculus Based and PHY 2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based Laboratory and PHY 2049 General Physics II - Calculus Based and PHY 2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based Laboratory are also accepted for this major

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-level (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 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

At least 12 of the 24 hours at Tier 2 must be taken at USF for residency.

Twelve hours of upper-level major applicable courses must be completed at USF for the Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences degree.

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.

Optional Accelerated Program

B.S./M.A.T. Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences/Science Education

This program intends for students to complete a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during their senior year of their B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences. This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
  • M.A.T. in Science Education

Target students and expected outcomes

The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the Department of Chemistry’s degree program that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified science teachers at the secondary level.

Description and Requirements

For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-one (21) semester hours in a science concentration (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics) plus 9 hours in minor science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences

All Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (INS) students will complete FLENT and Summer Enrollment requirements as well as graduation requirements listed in the catalog: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/pdf/cat1213/08ACADEMICPOL.pdf.

Specifically, according to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, INS students will take 21 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed below. Of this 21 credits, 12 credits will be shared with the M.A.T. Science Education program. The entire undergraduate program will total no more than 120 credits.

Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Coursework – 36 credit hours:

  • English Composition (CAEC)
  • Fine Arts (CAFA)
  • Human and Cultural Diversity in a Global Context (CAGC)
  • Humanities (CAHU)
  • Mathematics (CAMA) or 3 Mathematics and 3 Quantitative Reasoning (CAQR)
  • Natural Sciences (Life Science) (CANL)
  • Natural Sciences (Physical Science) (CANP)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (CASB)

Capstone Experience – 6 credit hours

  • Capstone (CPST)
  • Writing Intensive (WRIN) 

TIER 1 – 30-40 credit hours:

Two introductory courses in each of 5 natural sciences areas (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology):

Biology:

  • BSC 2010 Cellular Processes
  • BSC 2010L Cellular Processes Laboratory
  • BSC 2011 Biodiversity
  • BSC 2011L Biodiversity Laboratory

Chemistry:

  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab

Mathematics:

  • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I or MAC 2311 or MAC 2281
  • MAC 2242 Life Sciences Calculus II or MAC 2312 or Mac 2282 or STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I

Physics:

  • PHY 2053 General Physics I or PHY 2048
  • PHY 2053L General Physics I Lab or PHY 2048L
  • PHY 2054 General Physics II or PHY 2049
  • PHY 2054L General Physics II Lab or PHY 2049L

Geology:

  • GLY 2010 Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Physical Geology
  • GLY 2000L Essentials Geology Lab
  • GLY 2100 History of Life
  • GLY 2100L Earth History Lab

TIER 2 – 24 credit hours:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours with Tier 2 coursework. A minimum of 6 credit hours of 3000- to 5000-level 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.

At least 12 of the 24 credit hours of Tier 2 coursework must be taken at USF.

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements

According to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences students will take 18 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed below. Of this 18 credits, 12 credits will be shared with the MAT Science Education program. The shared courses are listed below:

  • SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum
  • SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education
  • SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education
  • SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences

Graduate Degree Requirements for Accelerated M.A.T in Science Education

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: that all M.A.T. programs include as an admission requirement the passing of all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT). Applicants who can document they lived outside the state or country and did not have access to take the GKT before the application deadline may submit passing Praxis scores or GRE scores to be considered for admission. Whether admitted with passing Praxis scores or acceptable GRE scores, the applicant must submit passing scores on the GKT before the last day of classes of the semester of first enrollment, or admission to the College of Education will be revoked,

Total Minimum Program Hours: 39 hours

The courses required for the M.A.T. in Science Education are listed below. Please check with the program for other program requirements.

Core Requirements

Process Core (33 hours minimum)

  • EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement
  • ESE 5342 Teaching the Adolescent Learner
  • ESE 5344 Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society
  • TSL 5325 ESOL Education in Content Areas
  • SCE 5564 Reading and Communication Science Education
  • SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education
  • SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education
  • SCE 6416 Teaching Secondary School Biology
  • SCE 6456 Teaching Secondary School Physical and Earth Science
  • SCE 6634 Current Trends in Secondary Science Education
  • SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum
  • SCE 6947 Internship (PR: CI and passing scores of FTCE exam)
    • Student’s participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
    • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam.
    • Student’s content degree or equivalent (an admission’s requirement).

*Shared courses between B.S. Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences and M.A.T. Science Education

Comprehensive Examination

A written narrative exam tailored to the individual student. The written exam must be completed two weeks prior to final exam week of the student’s graduating semester. Exams will only be accepted during fall or spring semesters, unless a previous contract is established with the student’s graduate advisor.

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Interdisciplinar Natural Sciences undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S. and M.A.T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Graduate School, the College of Education’s Graduate Program, and the Department of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Program.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:
    • Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty.
    • A minimum of 21 hours in a major science content area of concentration (e.g., chemistry, biology, physics) plus 9 hours in minor science content area are required to teach secondary school.
      • Note, to teach secondary science in a specialty area (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics) the State of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in that specialty area with associated laboratory experiences.
    • Documentation of GKT scores.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.S./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.

First and Second Years

  • Courses and credits as designated for freshman and sophomore years

Third Year

  • Apply for Admission to the Integrated B.S./M.A.T. program.

Fourth Year

Student accepted in M.A.T. in Science Education program complete the following shared credits:

  • SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum
  • SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education
  • SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education
  • SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences

Fifth Year

  • EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement
  • ESE 5342 Teaching the Adolescent Learner
  • ESE 5344 Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society
  • TSL 5325 ESOL Education in Content Areas
  • SCE 5564 Reading and Communication Science Education
  • SCE 6416 Teaching Secondary School Biology
  • SCE 6634 Current Trends in Secondary Science Education
  • SCE 6947 Internship (PR: CI and passing scores of FTCE exam)
  • Comprehensive Examination

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