Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
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
Major DescriptionThe 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.
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 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.
Division of Health Professions Advising; Department of Chemistry; Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology; and Department of Integrative Biology.
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 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.
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.
Optional Accelerated Program
B.S./M.A.T. Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences/Science Education
Accelerated B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences and M.A.T. in Science Education
This program intends for students to complete a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and M.A.T. in Science Education (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credit hours toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during their senior year in the Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences major.
Additional Major Information
Chairperson and Professor: W.C. Guida; Associate Chairperson and Associate Professor: A. van der Vaart; Distinguished University Professor Emeritus: D.F. Martin; Emeritus Professors: J.C. Davis, Jr., J.E. Fernandez, L. Mandell, R.M. O’Malley, G. Solomons; Professors: B.J. Baker, J. Cai, J.P. Harmon, M.D. Johnston, J. Leahy, J.E. Lewis, X. Li, G.G. Meisels, D.J. Merkler, L. Ming, R. Potter, B. Space, E. Turos; Associate Professors: K.S. Bisht, J.R. Del Valle, S. Ma, A. Malik, X. Shi, L. Woodcock; Assistant Professors: T. Evans-Nguyen, I. Gelis, S. Lewis, J. Raker, D. Rogers; Research Associate Professor: M. Acevedo-Duncan; Research Assistant Professors: L. Calcul, E. Rivera, L. Wojtas; Instructors: L. Anderson, D. Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, K. Daniel, K. Fields, U. Kulatunga, S.T. Weldegirma, R. Zhang.
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