13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 1110
Tampa, FL 33620
Physical Location: MHC is located near East Fletcher Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Blvd. on the north-west corner of the USF campus. The main entrance is at USF Holly Drive.
About the College
Established in 2008, the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences is breaking new ground by combining knowledge gained through the behavioral sciences with knowledge gained from the community. Our emphasis on Behavioral Science reflects a focus on individuals, emphasizing behavioral research that examines the problems and challenges people encounter, as well as their need for clinical and supportive services. Our emphasis on Community Science reflects our commitment to understanding the larger contextual factors that have an impact on the well-being and safety of individuals and their families, such as the effectiveness of systems and policies that impact and support the well-being of individuals. We accomplish this by engaging community and neighborhood stakeholders in a partnered, participatory manner and by collaborating with local, state, and national organizations in both the public and private sectors.
The College of Behavioral & Community Sciences serves approximately 3,000 students with eight (8) undergraduate, (11) eleven master’s, and seven (7) doctoral programs housed in six (6) academic departments/schools. The College is the home of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, one of the largest behavioral health research and training institutes in the country as well as 17 specialized Research Centers and Institutes. Our aim is nothing less than to be among the most influential resources for behavioral and community sciences in the region, nation, and world
Mission, Vision, Values
To advance knowledge through interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service that improves the capacity of individuals, families, and diverse communities to promote productive, satisfying, healthy, and safe lives across the lifespan.
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences envisions the college as a globally recognized leader that creates innovative solutions to the complex conditions that affect the behavior and well-being of individuals, families, and diverse communities.
Inclusion and diversity in all its dimensions are core values that permeate the teaching, research, and service activities of College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. As members of the higher education community, the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences values shared governance, academic freedom, and professional responsibility.
Principles That Guide Our Work
In implementing our work, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences strives to incorporate Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, research, and service; engagement with community partners; and student participation in research, service, and global initiatives.
Entrance Requirement to Declare a Major in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Students must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in any previously attempted USF/overall college-level coursework prior to declaring a major in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis, with departmental approval required, by the CBCS Academic Regulations Committee.
Major Residency Requirement
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences students are expected to complete a minimum of 50% of their major and/or minor coursework in residence at USF. Some College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Departments/programs/majors have established additional major course hours to be taken in residency at USF. See the major or program section of the catalog for these credit-hour requirements.
Other Information - Departmental Minor
Students may not use courses in the major for the minor, unless approved by the department offering the minor.
EACH STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AS FOLLOWS:
- Complete at least 120 accepted semester hours with a minimum USF cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and overall GPA of 2.00. All grades including “D”s and “F”s are used to calculate USF, overall, and major GPAs for students in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.
- Maintain major GPA of 2.00 in USF coursework.
- Complete the Foreign Language Entrance Requirement. Students pursuing a B.A. degree must also complete the Foreign Language Exit Requirement.
- Satisfy the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math). Transfer students who enter USF with 60 or more semester hours from an institution accredited by either the Higher Learning Commission, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the New England Commission of Higher Education, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or the WASC Senior College and University Commission are considered to have met the communication portion of this Regulation.
- Complete 36 hours of General Education State Core courses and Enhanced General Education Curriculum (for more information, see section titled “Enhanced General Education” in Academic Policies and Procedures section).
- Complete at least 9 semester hours at a Florida public university in the Florida State University System during summer terms if entering USF with fewer than 60 semester hours.
- Complete all major course requirements.
- Thirty (30) of the last 60 semester hours must be completed at USF to fulfill the residency requirement.
- When double majoring, a maximum of 2 courses or 8 hours may be used to satisfy requirements between majors. Students should check with the advisors in both departments when pursuing more than one degree.
- S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the term. No credits may be taken S/U in the student’s major unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) may not be taken S/U.
- The Audit option is available only during the first 5 (five) days of classes.
- Complete Civics Literacy requirement.
- Complete a minimum of 42 hours of upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or above).
- Students must apply for graduation by the end of the fourth week of their final semester (See Registrar’s calendar for exact dates.). For late application information, please refer to the Application for Graduation section of the Academic Policy and Procedures division of the catalog.
A Global Pathway is an undergraduate major or degree program that has significant global content. Global Pathways provide students with the opportunity to practice and apply global competencies through the major or degree program. The following programs are designated as Global Pathway Programs:
Undergraduate Research in Behavioral & Community Sciences Certificate
The Undergraduate Research Certificate provides students with a planned sequence of courses to support their systematic development as undergraduate researchers and prepare them for graduate school. The Undergraduate Research Certificate is a cross-departmental initiative within the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences. See https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/undergraduate/certificates.aspx.
Addictions and Substance Abuse Profession Certificate
Undergraduate Advising Information
Please visit the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences website for advisor information at http://www.usf.edu/cbcs/undergraduate/advising.aspx.
To schedule an advising appointment:
School of Aging Studies
Department of Child and Family Studies
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of Criminology
Department of Mental Health Law and Policy
School of Social Work