Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Chemistry (CHM) with a concentration in Biochemistry/Biotechnology (CBY)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0501

College of Arts & Sciences


Concentration Description

The Biochemistry/Biotechnology concentration offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue later studies and/or professional emphasis in Biochemistry and Biotechnology along with a strong foundation in the chemical knowledge and skills that are essential to these areas.

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: 24 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.

  • BSC 2010 Cellular Processes
  • BSC 2010L Cellular Processes Laboratory
  • PCB 3023 Cell Biology
  • PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory
  • MAC 2311 Calculus 1 and MAC 2312 Calculus II 
    • MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I and MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II are also accepted for this major
  • PHY 2053 General Physics I and PHY 2053L General Physics I Laboratory and PHY 2054 General Physics II and PHY 2054L General Physics II Laboratory or 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

Total Major Hours: 39 Hours

Concentration Core

Students are required to complete 39 credits of degree applicable Chemistry coursework.

Concentration Core Courses - 30 Hours

Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

Minimum of 9 hours selected from the following:

*Contact Advisor for approval of CHM 4932 Courses

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