Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 40.0501 - Track 1 of 2
College of Arts & Sciences
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.
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 CHM 1041, or CHM 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: 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
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
- 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
- BCH 4033 Advanced Biochemistry I
- CHM 3120C Elementary Analytical Chemistry
- CHM 3415C Physical Chemistry Methods
- CHM 3610 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
- CHM 3610L Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
- CHM 4060 Use of Chemical Literature
- CHM 4130C Methods of Instrumental Analysis
- CHM 4131C Methods of Chemical Investigation II
- CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I
- CHM 4410L Physical Chemistry Laboratory
- CHM 4411 Physical Chemistry II
- CHM 4611 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry offers the opportunity for students to participate in undergraduate research with Chemistry faculty. Students can apply for the Academic Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program and find more information here: http://chemistry.usf.edu/undergraduate/reu/. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course with a Chemistry faculty member should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in a 0 credit research course. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Academic Advisors in the Department of Chemistry, as well as the Office for Undergraduate Research, can assist students in understanding the various course options.