Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Majors

Chemistry (CHM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0501 (Track 1 of 2)

College of Arts & Sciences

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

Major Description

The Chemistry B.A. gives students exposure to analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry while providing the flexibility to take additional elective courses. Students interested in professional, law, or graduate school or those who anticipate working in careers related to secondary education or business will find this degree attractive. The B.A. student whose goals change in the direction of graduate study should supplement this curriculum by addition and/or substitution of a selection of advanced courses from the B.S. program.

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry provides opportunities for curricula individually tailored to meet many career objectives.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 24 Hours

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

  • MAC 2311 Calculus I and MAC 2312 Calculus II
    • *MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I and MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II are also accepted for this major
  • PHY 2053 General Physics I and PHY 2053L General Physics I Laboratory and PHY 2054 General Physics II and PHY 2054L General Physics II Laboratory or 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

Students must choose eight (8) hours of required natural science or engineering electives from the following suggested list of courses:

  • BSC 2010 Cellular Processes and BSC 2010L Cellular Processes Laboratory
  • BSC 2011 Biodiversity and BSC 2011L Biodiversity Laboratory
  • GLY 2010 Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Physical Geology and GLY 2000L Essentials of Geology Laboratory
  • GLY 2100 History of Life and GLY 2100L History of Life Laboratory
  • EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science and EVR 2001L Environmental Science Laboratory
  • CGS 2060 Introduction to Computers and Computer Programming
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I

Total Major Hours: 39 Hours

Major Core

Students are required to complete 39 credits of degree applicable Chemistry coursework.

Major Core Courses - 33 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 6 Hours

Students must choose 6 hours of 3000 level or above; may include not more than 1 hour of CHM 4970.

*Contact Advisor for approval of CHM 4932 Courses

Optional Accelerated Program

B.A./M.A.T. Chemistry/Science Education

This program intends for students to complete a B.A. in Chemistry (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 the senior year of their B.A. in Chemistry. This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

  • B.A. in Chemistry
  • 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 programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified chemistry teachers at the secondary level.

Description and Requirements

For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the B.A. in Chemistry major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-one (21) semester hours in chemistry 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.A. in Chemistry

All Chemistry, B.A. students will complete FLENT, FLEX 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 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, the Chemistry, BA students will take 21 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed below. 

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) 

Required Chemistry Courses - 33 credit hours

  • 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
  • CHM 3120C Elementary Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHM 3610 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM 3610L Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHM 4413 Biophysical Chemistry

Required Chemistry Electives - 6 credit hours:

3000 level or above; may include not more than 1 hour of CHM 4970.

Suggested courses:

  • BCH 4033 Advanced Biochemistry I
  • BCH 3023L Basic Biochemistry Laboratory
  • BCH 4034 Advanced Biochemistry II
  • CHM 4300 Biomolecules
  • CHS 4300 Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry
  • CHS 4301L Clinical Laboratory
  • CHM 4060 Use of Chemical Literature
  • CHM 4070 Historical Perspectives in Chemistry
  • CHM 4130C Methods of Instrument Analysis
  • CHM 4131C Methods of Chemical Investigation II
  • CHM 4411 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHM 4410L Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHM 4611 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 4970 Undergraduate Research
  • CHM 4932* Selected Topics in Chemistry
    • *Selected Topics in Chemistry - content varies each semester.

Note: Peer Leading cannot be used as a required chemistry elective in the major.

Required Supporting Courses - 14-16 credit hours:

  • MAC 2311 and MAC 2312 or MAC 2281 and MAC 2282
  • PHY 2053 /PHY 2053L and PHY 2054/PHY 2054L or PHY 2048/PHY 2048L and PHY 2049/PHY 2049L

Required natural science or engineering electives - 8 credit hours:

Suggested courses:

  • BSC 2010/2010L Cellular Processes/Laboratory
  • BSC 2011/2011L Biodiversity/Laboratory
  • GLY 2010/2000L Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Physical Geology/Laboratory
  • GLY 2100/2100L History of Life/Laboratory
  • EVR 2001/2001L Introduction to Environmental Science/Laboratory
  • CGS 2060 Introduction to Computers and Computer Programming
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I

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

According to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, the Chemistry, B.A. students will take 21 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed above. Of this 21 credits, 12 credits will be shared with the M.A.T. 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.A. Chemistry 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.A./M.A.T. Chemistry/Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Chemistry 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.A. 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 major science content area of concentration (plus 9 hours in minor science content area) are required to teach secondary school. Note, to teach secondary chemistry 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 chemistry 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.A./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.A/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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