Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 26.0102
College of Arts & Sciences
The Biomedical Sciences degree serves as a gateway into a variety of health-professional programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Physician Assistant. 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.
College Level Requirements
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.
- 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
Required Biology Courses (8 credit hours):
- BSC 2010 Cellular Processes
- BSC 2010L Cellular Processes Laboratory
- BSC 2011 Biodiversity
- BSC 2011L Biodiversity Laboratory
Required Chemistry Courses (18 credit hours):
- CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
- CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
- CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
- CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Required Mathematics Courses (6 credit hours):*
- MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I
- MAC 2242 Life Sciences Calculus II or STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I
Required Physics Courses (8 credit hours):*
- PHY 2053 General Physics I
- PHY 2053L General Physics I Laboratory
- PHY 2054 General Physics II
- PHY 2054L General Physics II Laboratory
Major Elective Courses - 21-22 Hours
Required Biomedical Electives: Total 7-8 credit hours of required courses:
- BCH 3053 General Biochemistry
- MCB 3020 and MCB 3020L General Microbiology and Laboratory
Minimum of 14 credits from the following to include:
- Upper-level Biology course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
- Upper-level Chemistry course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
- Upper-level Chemistry or Biology course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
- Upper-level Chemistry or Biology Lab (1 hour minimum)
- Upper-level Additional Biomedical electives (4 hours minimum)
- BOT 3850 Medical Botany
- MCB 4115 Determinative Bacteriology
- MCB 4115L Determinative Bacteriology Lab
- MCB 4404 Microbial Physiology and Genetics
- MCB 4404L Microbial Physiology and Genetics Laboratory
- MCB 4503 Virology
- MCB 3410 Cell Metabolism
- PCB 3023 Cell Biology
- PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory
- PCB 3063 General Genetics
- PCB 3063L Genetics Laboratory
- PCB 3712 General Physiology
- PCB 3713L General Physiology Laboratory
- PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology**
- PCB 4522C Experimental Genetics and Cell Biology
- PCB 4723 Animal Physiology
- PCB 4723L Animal Physiology Laboratory
- PCB 4744 Biomedical Physiology
- PCB 4843 Principles of Neuroscience
- ZOO 3713C Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
- ZOO 4753 Human Histology & Molecular Pathology of Disease
- ZOO 4753L Human Histology & Molecular Pathology of Disease Lab
- BCH 3023L Basic Biochemistry Laboratory*
- BCH 4033 Advanced Biochemistry I
- BCH 4034 Advanced Biochemistry II
- CHM 3120C Elementary Analytical Chemistry
- CHM 3610 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
- CHM 3610L Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
- CHM 3941 Peer Leading in Chemistry
- CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I
- CHM 4410L Physical Chemistry Laboratory
- CHM 4411 Physical Chemistry II
- CHM 4413 Biophysical Chemistry
- CHM 4300 Biomolecules I
- CHM 4230 Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds
- CHM 4274 Introduction to Drug Discovery
- CHM 4292 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
- CHM 4307 BioOrganic Chemistry
- CHM 4455 Chemistry of High Polymers
- CHM 4932 Selected Topics in Chemistry**
- CHS 4300 Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry
- CHS 4301L Clinical Laboratory
*BCH 3023L Satisfies Lab or Additional Biomedical Elective Only
**Contact Advisor for approval of CHM 4932 Courses
- CHM 4060 Use of Chemical Literature
- 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
Additional Major Requirements
General 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
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Chemistry B.A. - including Biochemistry/Biotechnology and Health Professions concentrations
- Chemistry B.S.
- Environmental Biology
- Environmental Microbiology
- Integrative Animal Biology
- Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
- Marine Biology
- Medical Technology
- Microbiology, and
- Pre-Medical Sciences (PMS) students who have not yet declared a major
*Non-science majors are also subject to the D/F Policy
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.