Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

Physical Sciences (PSBA)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0801 - Track 1 of 3

College of Arts & Sciences

Major Description

The degree in Physical Sciences will prepare students for employment in technical fields requiring a background in one or more of the physical sciences.

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/X045L General Chemistry I (with lab) or CHM X040 & CHM X041 or CHM X045C
  • CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II (with lab) or CHM X046C
  • MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X281
  • MAC X312 Calculus II or MAC X282
  • MAC X313 Calculus III or MAC X283
  • PHY X048/X048L General Physics I or PHY X048C
  • PHY X049/X049L General Physics II or PHY X049C

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 28 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.

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.

  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I and CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II and CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
  • MAC 2312 Calculus II or MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
  • MAC 2313 Calculus III or MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III
  • PHY 2048 General Physics I – Calculus Based and PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory
    • or PHY 2060 Enriched General Physics I with Calculus and PHY 2048L is strongly recommended
  • PHY 2049 General Physics II – Calculus Based and PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory
    • or PHY 2061 Enriched General Physics II with Calculus and PHY 2049L is strongly recommended

Total Major Hours: 25 Hours

Major Core Courses - 6 Hours

Computational Science Requirement (6 credit hours)

Choose any two of the following courses:

Major Elective Courses - 19 Hours

Choose 19 credit hours from the following list of courses:

Other courses may count, subject to approval by the Physics Undergraduate Coordinator. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be included from courses in Chemical, Biomedical, Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering that have either PHY 2049, PHY 2061 or CHM 2046 as prerequisites.

Note: Students may need to satisfy additional prerequisites prior to taking some of the listed courses.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course 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 the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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