Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Cell and Molecular Biology (CAM)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 26.0101 - Track 1 of 2

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

This degree provides a strong foundation in general biology, with an emphasis on biomedical related areas, but focuses on the cellular and molecular processes that occur within cells. Many of the breakthroughs in the field of biology over the past several decades have shed light on how cells function in the context of the whole organism. The fields of genomics and computational biology have begun to solve the mystery of how networks of genes are regulated and how cells interact with each other and the how complex organisms react to their environment. Advances in cell and molecular biology continually lead to new treatments for age-related diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. This degree prepares students for application to medical school, dental school, graduate school and careers in biotechnology, science policy, biomedical research, teaching, science writing and illustration. Many of our students continue their studies by attending graduate school in biology and other related disciplines.

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.

  • BSC X010/X010L Biology I with Lab or BSC X010C or BSC X040/X040L
  • BSC X011/X011L Biology II with Lab or BSC X011C or BSC X041/X041L or ZOO X010/010L or BOT X010/X010L or BOT X013/X013L
  • CHM X045/X045L General Chemistry I with Lab or CHM X045C or CHM X040 and CHM X041
  • CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II with Lab or CHM X046C
  • CHM X210/X210L Organic Chemistry I with Lab and CHM X211/X211L or (CHM X210C and CHM X211C) or (PHY X053/X053L and PHY X054/X054L) or (PHY X048/X048L and PHY X049/X049L)
  • MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X233 or MAC X253 or MAC X281 or MAC X241
  • MAC X312 Calculus II or MAC X282 or MAC X234 or STA X023 or STA X024 or STA X321

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 32-34 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.

  • 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
  • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I and MAC 2242 Life Sciences Calculus II
    • or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I and MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
    • or MAC 2311 Calculus I and MAC 2312 Calculus II
      • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I may be substituted for any Calculus II
  • PHY 2048/2048L General Physics I and PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II
    • or PHY 2053/2053L General Physics I and PHY 2054/2054L General Physics II

Total Major Hours: 40 Hours

Major Core

Minimum 40 credit hours.

Major Core Courses - 25 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Students choose a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • BCH 3053 General Biochemistry
  • BOT 4434C Mycology
  • BSC 4434 Bioinformatics
  • BSC 4905 Independent Study (1 credit maximum)
  • BSC 4910 Undergraduate Research (1 or 2 credit hours/semester, no more than 4 credits total)
  • BSC 4933 Selected Topics in Biology*
  • BSC 5425 Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA Technology
  • BSC 5931 Selected Topics in Biology (for the accelerated program only)
  • MCB 3020 General Microbiology
  • MCB 3020L General Microbiology Lab
  • MCB 4503 Virology
  • PCB 3043 Principles of Ecology
  • PCB 3043L Principles of Ecology Laboratory
  • PCB 3712 General Physiology
  • PCB 3713L General Physiology Lab
  • PCB 4024 Molecular Biology of Cell (if not used as a core course)
  • PCB 4026 Molecular Biology of Gene (if not used as a core course)
  • PCB 4109 Cancer Biology (if not used as a core course)
  • PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology
  • PCB 4522C Experimental Genetics and Cell Biology
  • PCB 4663 Human Genetics
  • PCB 4671 Molecular Evolution
  • PCB 4744 Biomedical Physiology
  • PCB 4843 Principles of Neuroscience
  • ZOO 4753 Human Histology and Molecular Pathology of Disease
  • ZOO 4694 Developmental Biology

*Selected topics approved for the major by the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

All students majoring in one of the programs offered through the department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology and entering USF for the first time, in Fall 2009 or later, who subsequently earn three (3) D and/or F grades in USF coursework for their major and/or supporting coursework will be required to change to majors more appropriate to their goals and academic performances. Those majors may not include any conferred by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

Effective Fall 2018, all students in the below listed programs must successfully complete the below science and math coursework with no more than a total of 3 D and/or F grades. Students unable to successfully complete these courses within these prescribed parameters will be required to select a different major and will not be permitted to take any additional courses offered  by the below Departments/Divisions. In addition, registration for all courses offered by these departments will be dependent on students meeting the prescribed parameters regardless of their major.

Furthermore, any student who requests a change of major to one offered in the below identified departments will be required to meet these prescribed parameters as well as those criteria outlined in the Degree Progression Policy 10-505. Any continuing student who was previously forced to select a different major based on previous versions of this policy may now be eligible to pursue the majors listed below, but only if they meet both the criteria described here as well as the Degree Progression Policy 10-505 criteria. Students who are able to complete one of the below majors by earning fewer credit hours than required to complete any other major offered at USF may petition to request an exception and should contact the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advising Office for instructions. Grade Forgiveness will NOT apply to the mandated requirement of changing majors.

Included Departments/Divisions:

Division of Health Professions Advising; Department of Chemistry; Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology; and Department of Integrative Biology.

Included courses: 

BCH 3053 BSC2010; BSC2011; BSC 2085; BSC 2086; BSC 2093C; BSC 2094C; BSC 2932; CHM 2023; CHM2045; CHM2046; CHM2210; CHM2211; CHS 2440; MAT 1033; MAC1105; MAC1147; MAC2241; MAC2242; MAC2281; MAC2282; MAC2311; MAC2312; MCB 3020; PCB 3023; PCB 3063; PHY2053; PHY2054; PHY2048; PHY2049; STA 2023.

Major Course Grade Requirement

Please note that some supporting science courses may require a grade of C or better in order to meet the prerequisite requirements for course sequences.

Major Grade Requirement

A student must receive a C- grade or better in all Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology courses and supporting courses in the natural sciences, except if they are used as general elective courses. This specification applies to both USF and transfer courses.

Major Residency Requirement

A minimum of 20 credits hours of courses must be taken in residency and be applicable to the major.

Once a student has matriculated to USF Tampa, he/she is expected to take 100 percent of the required major coursework at USF Tampa.

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