Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (INS)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 30.0101 - Track 16 of 16
College of Arts & Sciences
The Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences degree serves the academic and career goals of undergraduate students who seek a broad education in the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geology). Students select a sequence of upper-level courses based on career goals, choosing three of the five natural science areas. Students interested in secondary education, public health, and other fields may choose this degree.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students 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.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program. Students are encouraged to complete as many of the following courses as possible, during the program of study at the community college, and when feasible in General Education and State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) courses. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.
- Biology I and II (BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L)
- Calculus I and II (MAC 2241 and MAC 2242 or MAC 2311 and MAC 2312 or MAC 2281 and MAC 2282)
- General Chemistry I and II (CHM 2045, CHM 2045L, CHM 2046, CHM 2046L)
- General Physics (PHY 2053, PHY 2053L, PHY 2054, PHY 2054L) or (PHY 2048, PHY 2048L, PHY 2049, PHY 2049L)
- Introduction to Physical Geology and History of Life (GLY 2010, GLY 2000L, GLY 2100, GLY 2100L)
Total Major Hours: 62-64 Hours
Major Core Courses - 38-40 Hours
Two introductory courses in each of the five (5) natural sciences areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology. Choose from the following courses:
- Mathematics Courses:
- Biology Courses:
- Chemistry Courses:
- Geology Courses:
- Physics Courses:
- PHY 2053 General Physics I and PHY 2053L General Physics I Laboratory
- PHY 2054 General Physics II and PHY 2054L General Physics II Laboratory
Major Elective Courses - 24 Hours
Students are required to complete a minimum total of 24 credit hours. A minimum of 6 credit hours of structured, upper-level (3000-level or higher) courses in three of the five natural sciences areas is required. The remaining six credits of upper-level courses can be taken in any of the three Tier 2 Natural Science areas that the student has selected. All Tier 2 courses in the sciences will be selected by the individual student, but must be chosen from the list of courses approved for department major credit.
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
Twelve hours of upper-level major applicable courses must be completed at USF for the Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences degree.