Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Arts & Sciences

Location: CPR 107


Our Mission

The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual heart of the University of South Florida. We are a community of teachers and scholars united in the belief that broadly educated people are the basis of a just, free and prosperous society. By focusing on the big questions facing all of humanity, we prepare students for successful personal and professional lives. By conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship, we advance knowledge in ways that prepare us to address vexing social problems and enhance quality of life for people and communities.

General Information

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office of Academics is located in the Behavioral Sciences Building (BEH), Room 201. For additional information about the College, visit our web site at http://www.cas.usf.edu and select the Academics tab. Information regarding advising, admission to the College, graduation requirements, special programs, and departments follows.

Health Professions

The University of South Florida is an excellent location to prepare for a career in the health professions. The Veterans Administration Hospital, University of South Florida Medical Center, Shriner's Hospital for Children, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida Mental Health Institute, and Florida Hospital Tampa are within walking distance of the campus and offer students excellent opportunities for observation, research, and experience.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs designed to prepare students for admission to allopathic medicine (M.D.), osteopathic medicine (D.O), chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy. Most of these professions require four years of pre-professional preparation followed by four years of training in a professional school. A few well-prepared students with exceptional qualifications may be admitted to some professional schools as early as the completion of the junior year of pre-professional work. The pre-professional programs do not meet requirements for a degree; therefore, students must choose a major in addition to fulfilling their pre-professional requirements. Most pre-professional students major in biology, biomedical sciences, or chemistry because of their interests in the health sciences, and there is considerable overlap between the pre-professional curriculum and the degree requirements for those majors, however, there is no specific major required for admission into pre-professional programs. Entrance into all professional schools or programs is competitive, and students should begin establishing a record of excellence with the first semester at USF. Furthermore, it is essential that students pursue courses developing a sense of understanding of cultural and humane values as well as basic social problems. Students should also have some clinical and/or volunteer experience related to their intended field.

Students considering one of the health professions should contact the Health Professions Advisors during the first semester at USF to declare their interest in a health professions program.

For specific information about the following programs, please see our health professions website at http://www.cas.usf.edu/healthprofessions/.

Requirements for Health Professions Schools

These courses prepare students for admission to professional schools of chiropractic medicine, dentistry, allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. All of these professional schools have in common the following course requirements, which should be completed by the end of the junior year, the usual time of application:

  • Biology
    • BSC 2010/2010L Biology I: Cellular Processes and Laboratory
    • BSC 2011/2011L Biology II: Biodiversity and Laboratory
  • Chemistry
    • CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHM 2046/2046L General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • CHM 2210/2210L Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHM 2211/2211L Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • Physics
    • PHY 2053/2053L General Physics I and Laboratory
    • PHY 2054/2054L General Physics II and Laboratory

In addition to these requirements, it is generally expected that pre-professional students will complete two semesters of English and mathematics appropriate for their degree. Some schools require calculus and some require one or two courses in biochemistry. CLEP credit usually is not accepted by professional schools, and some schools do not accept AP or IB and have specific restrictions for accepting DE credits. Students should check with the school of their choice regarding acceptable acceleration credit.

Requirements for B.S. in Biomedical Sciences for Early Admission Students

Early admission to professional school is exceptional with today’s competitive applicant pool; however, a few students may be admitted prior to completion of the bachelor’s degree through special programs.

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

Students planning on early admission should begin studies at a 4-year institution, as professional schools require at least 1 year of studies at a university prior to application. Depending upon the professional school, additional science courses may be required or strongly recommended as indicated in the preceding sections. Exposure to a health profession is also strongly recommended.

Students who are admitted to an accredited U.S. medical or dental school after completing their junior year at the University of South Florida may be awarded the B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences subject to the following conditions:

  1. Transfer of a minimum of 30 semester hours of science courses from an accredited medical or dental school.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 prior to transfer to the medical or dental school.
  3. Completion of the following courses with at least a C in each course.
  4. Completion of the University’s Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Requirements.
  5. Completion of the last 30 hours prior to transfer to a medical or dental school in residence at the University of South Florida.
  6. Application for the degree must be received no later than two years from the date of entrance into the professional school.

Students that are admitted to professional schools of veterinary medicine, optometry, physical therapy, or podiatric medicine prior to completion of their degree may also be able to transfer courses from the professional school and receive their bachelor’s degree. However, approval of the courses to be transferred must be obtained on an individual basis from the College of Arts and Sciences, and in some cases, it may be necessary for students to complete more than 90 hours prior to leaving the University of South Florida.

Teacher Education Program

The College of Arts and Sciences offers B.A. and M.A. degree programs for secondary school teachers and the M.A. degree for junior college teachers.

B.S. Degree Programs for Secondary School Teachers

The College of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with the College of Education, offers degree programs in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Foreign Language and Social Science Education. Prospective students should consult the College of Education portion of this catalog under the heading, Department of Secondary Education for degree requirements.

  • Biology
    • Plus two of the following biology courses, including at least one with a laboratory (minimum 7 semester hours):
      • BSC 2010/BSC 2010L Cellular Processes and Laboratory
      • BSC 2011/BSC 2011L Biodiversity and Laboratory
      • MCB 3020/MCB 3020L General Microbiology and Laboratory
      • PCB 3023/PCB 3023L Cell Biology (lab optional)
      • PCB 3063/PCB 3063L General Genetics (lab optional)
      • MCB 4115/MCB 4115L Determinative Bacteriology and Laboratory
      • MCB 4502 Virology
      • MCB 5815 Medical Mycology
      • PCB 4064 Experimental Genetics
      • PCB 4723 Animal Physiology
      • PCB 4723L Animal Physiology Laboratory
      • PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology
      • ZOO 3713C Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
      • ZOO 4753 Human Histology & Molecular Pathology of Disease
  • Chemistry
    • CHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHM 2046/CHM 2046L General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • CHM 2210/CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHM 2211/CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • BCH 3023 Introductory Biochemistry or BCH 3053 or BCH 4033
  • Physics
    • PHY 2053/PHY 2053L General Physics I and Laboratory
    • PHY 2054/PHY 2054L General Physics II and Laboratory
  • Mathematics
    • MAC 2241, MAC 2311, or MAC 2281 Calculus I
    • Plus either the second semester of a calculus sequence OR
    • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences is open to students who have been accepted to the University of South Florida and who declare a major in a particular field. The Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications is a limited access degree program and has additional requirements.

Undergraduate students must submit a formal declaration of major for admission into the College. This usually occurs during orientation and advising for new students. This application is available online for current students at http://www.cas.usf.edu/declare. Students preparing for a science or mathematics career must plan their courses carefully because of the sequential nature of the curricula. Students seeking entrance into a health professional school or the medical technology internship program require specialized counseling, therefore, immediate application for admission into the College is strongly recommended.

Information on admission criteria, departments, majors, programs, advising and other services of the College may be obtained from the Office of Academics (BEH 201), College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620, or visit our web site at http://www.cas.usf.edu selecting the Academics tab.

College Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences offers two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.


Core Curriculum Requirements of 36 hours credit:

EXIT Course Requirements

  1. Students must complete all State and University level graduation requirements.
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in USF coursework. Note: Some Departments/program/major require a higher GPA. Students should refer to Department/program/major specific catalog requirements.
    Physical Education coursework is limited to two (2) semester hours.
  3. ROTC courses that are primarily physical training and field experiences will not be applied to College of Arts and Sciences degree programs. All other military Science coursework will apply, in particular, coursework utilized toward completing an established ROTC minor will be applied to the total hours toward degree. 
  4. When earning a double major/dual degree, a maximum of two (2) departmental courses or eight (8) credit hours may be used to satisfy requirements between majors. Students should check with the college and respective departments when pursuing more than one major/degree. The only exception whereby a student may apply more than eight (8) credit hours of overlapping coursework to their majors/degrees are those students who pursue double majors or two degrees between the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.
    • The College of Arts and Sciences defines a "major" as those courses taught by the department where the major is housed.
    • In the case of interdisciplinary programs (Biomedical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, International Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, French International Studies & Business Concentration, Spanish International Studies & Business Concentration and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) overlapping coursework between double majors/dual degrees requires prior approval.
  5. Maximum of 20 hours of S/U option. S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the term. None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student's major unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum Requirements and the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) may not be taken S/U.
  6. The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
  7. "D" grades are not acceptable in the major and supporting sciences for all natural sciences majors (Biomedical Sciences; Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology; Health Science; Integrative Biology; Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences; Medical Technology; Chemistry; Geology; Math; and Physics). "D" grades are not acceptable for the major area in Anthropology, Communication, English, Geography, History, Humanities, Mass Communications, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.
  8. Complete all major course requirements.
  9. Some College of Arts and Sciences Departments/programs/majors have established minimum major course hours to be taken in residency at USF. See the major or program section of the catalog for these credit-hour requirements.

Student Organizations

Advertising Club - A platform for all students who aspire to be successful in the multifaceted world of strategic marketing communications with a special emphasis on the advertising business. Members are connected with the Tampa Bay advertising community through professional guest speakers, AD2 Tampa Bay, creative workshops, internship/job opportunities and industry events. It provides members first-hand advertising experience while aiding with the communication needs of the university and local community. Through all of this, the USF Ad Club promotes professional growth and provides members with the content and connections to make it in the evolving creative and business world today. For more information, contact Deb Smith at debras@usf.edu.

Africana Studies Club (AFA Club) - Provides a forum for the open discussion of topics related and relevant to people of African-descent both on the African continent and in the Diaspora. The organization provides a vital link between the students and the faculty of the Department of Africana Studies, and acts as a base for student activism on campus and in the community.

American Chemical Society Student Affiliate - (Chemistry Society at USF) -To enhance the students' knowledge of chemistry and chemistry related fields through interaction with faculty and students. This organization allows students to become better acquainted and ensures intellectual stimulation from a professional organization. For further information please call (813) 974-2144, CHE 205 or visit http://chemistry.usf.edu/society/.

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) - To advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations. Open to full and part-time students. Student membership prerequisite: faculty advisor's signature. For more information please go to: http://www.asis.org.

Anthropology Club - To promote and encourage an interest in Anthropology among individuals within the USF community, to provide a forum for the exchange of anthropological ideas between faculty and students, and foster an informal and creative atmosphere for interaction. For further information please call the Department Office at (813) 974-2138.

Classical Society - Open to all USF students and established to promote interest in the ancient world, provide educational and social events among students and faculty, and to foster the Classical heritage of the modern world. For more information, go to the Society website on Canvas.

Colloquia in Literature and Linguistics - Provides a stimulating environment in which graduate students in French, Spanish, and Linguistics can share and expand their scholarly endeavors. Sponsors guest lectures. For further information please go to CPR 419.

Communication Council - To encourage and promote extracurricular learning as well as social interaction among communication majors and minors. For further information please go to CIS 3058.

Economics Scholars Society - We aim to promote and develop the application of economic concepts within the student body and provide a social basis for interaction and networking. For further information visit CMC 205N or email ess.usf@gmail.com.

Eta Sigma Phi - Open to all students of classical Greek and Latin, the purpose of the national honor society for classics is to promote classical studies, and to stimulate interest in the history, literature, and art of ancient Greece and Rome. For further information, visit the Classical Society website on Canvas.

Feminist Student Alliance - Is a feminist organization for social equality and achieves its aim through activism around campus and in our community.

French Club - To promote the interest of the French language, Francophone culture and civilization through programs scheduled at club meetings and through social events of the club. For further information please go to CPR 419.

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) - An international honor society in geography. The purposes of GTU are: to further professional interest in geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field; to strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory; to encourage student research of high quality. For further information, please go to NES 201.

Geographical Society of USF - Open to all undergraduate and graduate students at USF, regardless of academic major. Its goals are to: 1) further professional and personal interests in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field, 2) strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences other than those of the classroom, 3) provide fellowship and guidance for those with an interest in the field of Geography, and 4) engage in community and civic work for the betterment of our university and surrounding community. For further information please go to NES 201.

Geology Club - The Geology Club at USF involves its members along with the department in many activities such as trips, annual T-shirt sales and extracurricular academic participation. These events include hosting weekly lecture series by professional geologists and providing opportunities for members to teach geology to local elementary schools. For further information please contact Dr. Mark Rains, SCA 531; or Geology Web Page at http://geology.usf.edu/.

German Culture Club - To promote the interest of German language, culture, and civilization through programs scheduled at club meetings and through social events of the club. For further information please go to CPR 419.

History Club - see Phi Alpha Theta

Humanities & Cultural Studies Organization - HCSO, through educational, practical, and fun events, provides a solid support group for students by offering them further opportunities to learn, socialize, be heard, and be active members of their university and community. Our events lean toward cultural exploration through the fine arts. We are open to all and welcome those interested in study of the fine arts, American studies, Food studies, and Film studies.

International Studies Society at the University of South Florida - The purpose of the organization is to promote educated discussions and interests of global affairs, allowing students at USF with the same academic interests to meet and share ideas with each other. During organization meetings we also hope to make students aware of any events or activities taking place at USF or in the Tampa Bay area within the International Studies community. To join, please visit http://involvement.usf.edu/orgs.

International Studies Organization - To promote interaction between students and faculty. To enlighten the student populace of USF of the values of International studies and to foster gender relations among international studies majors. For further information please go to SOC 373.

Italian Club - The purpose of the Circolo Culturale Italiano is to provide educational opportunities and experiences in the American Life to its members and help them to improve their knowledge of the Italian language and culture. It also sponsors lectures, social events and grants scholarships to deserving students of Italian. For further information please go to CPR 419.

Kappa Tau Alpha - An honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. The top 10% of the graduating class is invited to join each semester. For more information, please contact Dr. Kelli Burns at kburns@usf.edu.

Lambda Pi Eta - The local chapter of the official honor society of the National Communication Association recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the discipline of Communication. For further information please go to CIS 3058.

LINGO - This is an organization for those interested in language learning and teaching. For more information, please go to CPR 419 or visit the organization's Canvas site.

Iota Iota Iota - Triota for short, is an academic honor society in women's studies. Its purpose is to encourage and support scholarship and excellence in women's studies. Triota members strive to maintain the feminist values central to women's studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and the celebration of the diversity of women's experience. Triota's mission is one of service to other women's studies students.

Mock Trial club: The purpose of USF's Mock Trial Club is to enhance members knowledge of courtroom procedures and decorum. To teach members formal arguing, logic, and critical thinking skills and to create friendships based around a common interest in legal affairs. For more information, email usfmocktrial@gmail.com.

Omicron Delta Epsilon - The international economics honor society promoting outstanding achievements in economics and the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty.

Phi Alpha Delta: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. For more information, email usf.pad@gmail.com.

Phi Alpha Theta - National Honor Society for outstanding History students to promote the study of History. For more information, go to www.history.usf.edu.

PHI ORG (Undergraduate Philosophy Organization) - Open to all USF students with an interest in philosophy. The purpose of the organization is to enhance the study of philosophy and to increase awareness of philosophical issues in the campus community.

Phi Sigma Iota - International Honor Society for outstanding majors and minors in Classics, all Foreign Languages and Literatures, Bilingual Education, Foreign Language Education and Comparative Literature.

Pi Mu Epsilon - The mathematics honor society to which the best scholars among our students are invited. Particular emphasis is given to performance in mathematics courses. For further information please go to PHY 342.

Pi Sigma Alpha - To function as an integral part of the political science department in the promotion of worthwhile extracurricular activities related to public affairs. For further information please go to SOC 352.

Psi Chi - Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) - The Walter E. Griscti Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a pre-professional student organization devoted to learning and exploring within the field of public relations. For more information, contact Kevin Hawley at kevinhawley@usf.edu.

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) - Inspires students interested in a career in mass communications, whether their focus is broadcast news, production or radio. Our monthly meetings include workshops and discussions with some of Tampa's most influential TV and radio broadcasters, as well as prominent journalists, in the nation's 13th largest market. For more information, contact Travis Bell at tbell@usf.edu.

Religious Studies Club - The Religious Studies Club is open to all USF students who are interested in the academic study of religion. The club gives students an opportunity to learn more about religion and its study from one another and guests invited to club sponsored meetings and events. The Religious Studies Club can be contacted at: RSCUSF@yahoo.com.

Russian Club - To promote the interest of Russian language, culture, and civilization through programs scheduled at club meetings and through social events of the club. For further information please go to CPR 427, Olga Oleynik, ooleynik@usf.edu.

Sigma Iota Rho, Honor Society for International Studies - The purpose of this organization shall be to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs. To join, please visit http://involvement.usf.edu/orgs.

Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics National Honor Society. Contact Dr. Robert Criss at (813) 974-0165 for more information.

Sigma Tau Delta - International Honor Society for students of English

Society of Physics Students (SPS) - An affiliate of the American Institute of Physics and includes the honor society of Sigma Pi Sigma. Contact Dr. Robert Criss at (813) 974-0165 for more information.

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) - SPJ is a way for journalism students at the University of South Florida to network and improve on things such as resume building, branding yourself and writing skills. Meetings every other Wednesday at noon in CIS 3075 at 6 p.m. include speakers, workshops and networking. For more information, contact Wayne Garcia at wgarcia@usf.edu.

Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America - A club for students who enjoy doing, discussing and learning mathematics. For further information please go to PHY 342.

Student Environmental Association - The purpose of this organization is to provide interaction among students interested in environmental issues on campus, in our region, and around the world. For further information, please go to NES 201.

University Psychology Association - The purpose of this organization is to foster understanding and stimulate interest in the discipline of Psychology and its sub fields. University Psychology Association is open to all USF students interested in the field of Psychology.

United Nations Association Student Alliance at USF - The purpose and goals of the UNASA are to provide knowledge and understanding to the student body of the University of South Florida concerning the works and happenings of the international organization the United Nations. As well as providing to its members a means to get involved with the international community, learning about the world to become better global citizens. Through these two endeavors and events that have a local and/or larger global impact, UNASA's goal is to help create a better world for all of its citizens. To join, please visit http://involvement.usf.edu/orgs.