Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

Chemistry (CHS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0501 - Track 1 of 2

College of Arts & Sciences

http://chemistry.usf.edu/undergraduate/majors/bs/

Major Description

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed for students wishing to continue with graduate training in chemistry and closely allied disciplines and the degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides a firm foundation in all five disciplines of chemistry: organic, physical chemistry, inorganic, analytical and biochemistry. Students interested in research, the pursuit of an advanced degree, employment in the chemical industry, or who want to teach at the secondary education level may find this degree attractive. The curriculum for the B.S. degree in Chemistry meets the requirements for degree certification by the American Chemical Society.

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: 22 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 or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I and MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
  • 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
  • BSC 2010 Cellular Processes
  • One 3000-level Natural Science or Engineering course (PHY 3101 suggested) or
  • One 2000-level Natural Science course (BSC 2011, GLY 2010, GLY 2100, EVR 2001)

Total Major Hours: 54 Hours

Major Core

The required sequence of Chemistry courses should be started immediately in the freshman year; the mathematics and physics requirements should be completed before the junior year as preparation for CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I (B.S. degree), a course which is to be taken in the third year. CHM 4410 is a prerequisite to other advanced courses required for the B.S. degree in chemistry. Students are strongly encouraged to complete CHM 3415C prior to their registration in CHM 4410 and CHM 4411.

Students are required to complete 54 credits of degree applicable Chemistry coursework.

Major Core Courses - 54 Hours

Additional Major Requirements

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

Nine 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.

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