May 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Letter from the President

USF president Steve Currall BustWelcome to the University of South Florida!

I invite you to explore our wide variety of outstanding academic programs that prepare you for a lifetime of personal discovery and professional achievement. Across our campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, undergraduates can choose from more than 200 majors and concentrations, from biomedical engineering to global business, from cybersecurity to marine biology, from architecture to dance, and much more.

This is a university where excellence and opportunity converge. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than the University of South Florida. And in its 2020 rankings, U.S. News and World Report recognized USF as the No. 1 university in Florida and No. 9 in the nation for the social mobility of our students.

USF is an environment where you will learn from, and co-create with, award-winning scholars, scientists, artists and inventors. Everyone in the USF community strives to promote the highest levels of academic achievement.

You also will learn from your fellow students. USF is comprised of a fascinating fabric of individuals whose many perspectives and cultures broaden our horizons. We have always been proud to be an institution that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and is open and inclusive to individuals from many backgrounds.

You also can take advantage of outstanding practical experiences to prepare you for rewarding careers. We partner with many organizations and top international corporations, including Nielsen, Raymond James, TechData and Jabil, to provide outstanding internship and employment opportunities.

We strongly encourage our undergraduates to participate in research. USF is a leader in innovation and invention, and is at the forefront of cutting-edge scholarship in medicine, science, engineering, social sciences, humanities and the arts. There are many benefits to getting involved – especially the excitement of making new discoveries that equip you to address society’s toughest challenges.

Beyond the classroom and laboratory, you will find a comprehensive university experience while also enjoying all the beautiful salt-air and sunshine that the Tampa Bay region has to offer. Recreational, cultural, social, and collegiate/professional athletics opportunities abound throughout the region and our university. With more than 700 student organizations on our three campuses, there is something for every interest.

At USF, we are confident that every student will succeed if given the opportunity to do so. USF is a recognized leader in student success, including providing a campus culture that makes your well-being our priority. USF offers a safe and welcoming community for all students, including those who are first in their families to attend college, those from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds and those with the resilience to overcome adversity.

As you explore our university, please let us know how we can help. Your success is our success, and we look forward to helping you achieve your academic and career goals.

Steven C. Currall

USF President and Professor