Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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 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.

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.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Department of Chemistry Advising: chemadvise@usf.edu or http://chemistry.usf.edu/advising/.

Major Faculty

Chairperson and Professor: R. Larsen; Associate Chairperson and Professor: J.E. Lewis; Distinguished University Professor Emeritus: D.F. Martin; Emeritus Professors: J.C. Davis, Jr., J.E. Fernandez, L. Mandell, R.M. O’Malley, G. Solomons; Professors: B.J. Baker, M. Eddaoudi, W.C. Guida, J.P. Harmon, M.D. Johnston, J. Leahy, M.L. McLaughlin, G.G. Meisels, D.J. Merkler, L. Ming, R. Potter, B. Space, E. Turos, P. Zhang; Associate Professors: J. Antilla, K.S. Bisht, A. Malik, A. van der Vaart; Assistant Professors: J. Cai, I. Gelis, S. Lewis, S. Ma, J. Raker, D. Rogers, L. Woodcock; Research Professor: M. Acevedo-Duncan; Research Assistant Professors: X. Cui, M. Kumar, E. Rivera, L. Wojtas; Instructors: L. Anderson, D. Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, K. Fields, U. Kulatunga, C. Vetromile, S.T. Weldegirma.

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