Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
Chemistry (CHM) with a concentration in Biochemistry/Biotechnology (CBY)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 40.0501 - Track 1 of 2
College of Arts & Sciences
The Biochemistry/Biotechnology concentration offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue later studies and/or professional emphasis in Biochemistry and Biotechnology along with a strong foundation in the chemical knowledge and skills that are essential to these areas.
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.
- CHM X045/CHM X045L General Chemistry I (with laboratory) or CHM 1040 and 1041 or 1045C
- CHM X046/CHM X046L General Chemistry II or CHM 1046C
- MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
- MAC 2312 Calculus II or MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
- CHM 2210/CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I & Laboratory or CHM 2210C
- CHM 2211/CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II & Laboratory or CHM 2211C
- PHY 2048/PHY 2048L Gen Physics I & Laboratory or PHY 2048C or PHY 2053C or PHY 2053 and PHY 2053L
- PHY 2049/PHY 2049L Gen Physics II & Laboratory or PHY 2049C or PHY 2054C or PHY 2054 and PHY 2054L
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.
- BSC 2010 Cellular Processes
- BSC 2010L Cellular Processes Laboratory
- PCB 3023 Cell Biology
- PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory
- MAC 2311 Calculus 1 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
Total Major Hours: 39 Hours
Students are required to complete 39 credits of degree applicable Chemistry coursework.
Concentration Core Courses - 30 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
- BCH 4033 Advanced Biochemistry I
- BCH 3023L Basic Biochemistry Laboratory
- BCH 4034 Advanced Biochemistry II
Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours
Minimum of 9 hours selected from the following:
- CHM 3610 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
- CHM 3610L Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Lab
- CHM 4060 Use of Chemical Literature
- CHM 4300 Biomolecules I
- CHM 4070 Historical Perspectives in Chemistry
- 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 4410 Physical Chemistry
- CHM 4410L Physical Chemistry Lab
- CHM 4411 Physical Chemistry II
- CHM 4413 Biophysical Chemistry
- CHM 4932 Selected Topics in Chemistry*
*Contact Advisor for approval of CHM 4932 Courses
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.
Concentration 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.
Concentration Residency RequirementNine hours of upper-level chemistry courses must be completed at USF for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degrees.
Concentration Other Requirements
Other suggested electives important for advanced studies in Biochemistry:
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