Sep 24, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts and Sciences



About the College

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USF College of Arts and Sciences is committed to promoting globally-competitive undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that support interdisciplinary inquiry, intellectual development and skill acquisition.

USF’s academic programs are designed to meet the needs of all learners, including traditional learners, special needs learners, adults interested in advancing their careers, veterans and distance learners. The College of Arts and Sciences offers 41 undergraduate majors, 13 undergraduate certificates, 65 graduate programs and 30 graduate certificates. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of undergraduate research opportunities and study abroad programs.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences focus on a specific discipline, but degree programs and opportunities for research and internships encourage students to get a broad, interdisciplinary liberal arts education. The Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies helps to oversee the administration of these programs and provides resources for faculty members and students to facilitate effective learning.

Mission, Vision, Values

The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual heart of the University of South Florida. We are a community of teachers and scholars united in the belief that broadly educated people are the basis of a just, free, and prosperous society. By focusing on the big questions facing all of humanity, we prepare students for successful personal and professional lives. By conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship, we advance knowledge in ways that prepare us to address vexing social problems and enhance quality of life for people and communities.

The College of Arts and Sciences aspires to be a national model for integrating the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences into a dynamic, trans-disciplinary entity focused on knowledge generation, global problem solving, skills development, and real-world applications. We will nurture academic success for a diverse population by creating engaged, inclusive learning environments that prepare students for productive personal and professional lives as global citizens. Through innovative, interdisciplinary research, creative activities, and mutually beneficial community partnerships, the college seeks to become a global leader in scholarship that addresses vexing social and environmental challenges and consequently enhances quality of life for all..

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences is open to students who have been accepted to the University of South Florida and who declare a major in a particular field. The Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications is a limited access degree program and has additional requirements.

Undergraduate students must submit a formal declaration of major for admission into the College. This usually occurs during orientation and advising for new students. This application is available online for current students at Students preparing for a science or mathematics career must plan their courses carefully because of the sequential nature of the curricula. Students seeking entrance into a health professional school or the medical technology internship program require specialized counseling, therefore, immediate application for admission into the College is strongly recommended. 

College-Level Graduation Requirements

  1.  Students must complete all State and University level graduation requirements.
  2.  Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in USF coursework. Note: Some Departments/program/major require a higher GPA. Students should refer to Department/program/major specific catalog requirements.
  3. Physical Education coursework is limited to two (2) semester hours.
  4. ROTC courses that are primarily physical training and field experiences will not be applied to College of Arts and Sciences degree programs. All other military Science coursework will apply, in particular, coursework utilized toward completing an established ROTC minor will be applied to the total hours toward degree. 
  5. When earning a double major/dual degree, a maximum of two (2) departmental courses or eight (8) credit hours may be used to satisfy requirements between majors. Students should check with the college and respective departments when pursuing more than one major/degree. The only exception whereby a student may apply more than eight (8) credit hours of overlapping coursework to their majors/degrees are those students who pursue double majors or two degrees between the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. 
    • The College of Arts and Sciences defines a “major” as those courses taught by the department where the major is housed.
    • In the case of interdisciplinary programs (Biomedical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, International Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, French International Studies & Business Concentration, Spanish International Studies & Business Concentration and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) overlapping coursework between double majors/dual degrees requires prior approval.
  6. Maximum of 20 hours of S/U option. S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the term. None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student’s major unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements and 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.
  7. The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
  8. “D” grades are not acceptable in the major and supporting sciences for all natural sciences majors (Biomedical Sciences; Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology; Health Science; Integrative Biology; Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences; Medical Technology; Chemistry; Geology; Math; Physics, and Physical Sciences). “D” grades are not acceptable for the major area in Anthropology, Communication, English, Geography, History, Humanities, Mass Communications, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.
  9. Complete all major course requirements.
  10. Some College of Arts and Sciences Departments/programs/majors have established minimum 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 - Health Professions

The University of South Florida is an excellent location to prepare for a career in the health professions. The Veterans Administration Hospital, University of South Florida Medical Center, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, and Florida Hospital Tampa, are within walking distance of the campus, and offer students excellent opportunities for shadowing, clinical volunteering and research.

The Division of Health Professions Advising (DHPA) in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers programs designed to prepare students for admission to allopathic medicine (M.D.), osteopathic medicine (D.O.), chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, anesthesiologist assistant, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Most of these health professions require four years of undergraduate pre-professional preparation, followed by four years of training in a professional school. A few well-prepared students with exceptional qualifications may be admitted to some professional schools, as early as the completion of the junior year of pre-professional work. The pre-professional programs do not meet requirements for a degree; therefore, students must choose a major in addition to fulfilling their pre-professional requirements. Most pre-professional students major in biology, biomedical sciences, or chemistry, because of their interest in a health profession. There is considerable overlap between the pre-professional curriculum and the above majors’ requirements. However, there is no specific major required for admission into a health profession. Entrance into all professional schools or programs is competitive, and students should begin establishing a record of academic excellence within their first year at USF. Furthermore, it is essential that students also pursue courses in the social sciences and humanities. Students must have shadowing and clinical volunteer experiences related to their intended profession.

Students considering one of the health professions should visit the DHPA website at They can also contact the Division by email at Admitted students to USF should declare their interest in a health profession when they attend Orientation.

For specific information about the following programs:

General Requirements for Health Professions Schools

The following courses prepare students for admission to professional schools of chiropractic medicine, dentistry, allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. All of these professional schools have in common the following course requirements, which should be completed by the end of the junior year, the usual time of application:


BSC 2010 - Cellular Processes /BSC 2010L - Cellular Processes Laboratory 
BSC 2011 - Biodiversity /BSC 2011L - Biodiversity Laboratory  


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 Laboratory I 
CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry II /CHM 2211L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II  


PHY 2053 - General Physics I /PHY 2053L - General Physics I Laboratory 
PHY 2054 - General Physics II /PHY 2054L - General Physics II Laboratory  

Some schools require calculus and some require one or two courses in biochemistry. CLEP credit is not generally accepted by professional schools. Some schools do not accept AP or IB credit and have specific restrictions for accepting dual enrollment credits. Students should check with the school of their choice regarding acceptable acceleration credit. To be competitive for acceptance into health professions schools, students need to take upper level natural science coursework.

The following websites provide information on the study of medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy and physicians assistant programs at the University of South Florida.

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences for Early Admission Students

Early admission to professional school is exceptional with today’s competitive applicant pool; however, a few students may be admitted prior to completion of the Bachelor’s degree through special programs.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Students planning on early admission should begin studies at a 4-year institution, as professional schools require at least 1 year of studies at a university prior to application. Depending upon the professional school, additional science courses may be required or strongly recommended as indicated in the preceding sections. Exposure to a health profession is also strongly recommended.

Students who are admitted to an accredited U.S. medical or dental school after completing their junior year at the University of South Florida may be awarded the B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences subject to the following conditions:

  1. Transfer of a minimum of 30 semester hours of science courses from an accredited medical or dental school.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 00 prior to transfer to the medical or dental school.
  3. Completion of the following courses with at least a C in each course.
  4. Completion of the University’s General Education Requirements.
  5. Completion of the last 30 hours prior to transfer to a medical or dental school in residence at the University of South Florida.
  6. Application for the degree must be received no later than two years from the date of entrance into the professional school.

Students that are admitted to professional schools of veterinary medicine, optometry, physical therapy, or podiatric medicine prior to completion of their degree may also be able to transfer courses from the professional school and receive their Bachelor’s degree. However, approval of the courses to be transferred must be obtained on an individual basis from the College of Arts and Sciences, and in some cases, it may be necessary for students to complete more than 90 hours prior to leaving the University of South Florida.

Baccalaureate-Level Degree Programs

Global Pathways

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:


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Africana Studies

This program provides all students with the opportunity to study the history, culture and lived experiences of people of African descent in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere; study the influence of Africa and people of African descent on world and U.S. thought, culture and politics; study the social construction and consequences of race and racism; develop needed critical thinking skills to address the often narrow and Eurocentric bias in the current knowledge base; and examine their personal experiences, prejudices and possible contributions in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.

Specializations: African American Studies, African Studies, African Diaspora Studies

Career Options: Africana studies alumni have many career opportunities in the areas of business, communications, government, research, law, politics, teaching and counseling, to mention a few.


Anthropology provides excellent preparation for advanced academic degrees, such as those obtained in medical school, law school, and graduate school in anthropology and other social sciences. Thinking anthropologically fosters critical understanding of cultural assumptions, social conventions, information, and even the concept of culture itself. This level of critical thinking builds the skills and attitudes necessary for working and living in diverse social environments.

Specializations: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology

Career Options: This degree prepares students for a number of careers, including: education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, historic preservation, government, non-profit management and forensics. Most professional anthropological jobs require a graduate degree.


The B.A. provides a course of study for students whose careers will require a thorough understanding of chemistry required for a variety of professional activities such as in health-related professions, science teaching, business, law and other areas. Students can choose to specialize in biochemistry or health professions. Two semesters of foreign language is required for this degree.

Specializations: Biochemistry, Health Professions

Career Options: This degree will prepare students for a career in entry-level research positions, entry into health professional schools, and graduate programs. Students completing this degree can teach secondary school with additional certification. Students who would like to teach at universities or pursue research positions in science industries and government will need a Ph.D.


Communication focuses on the concepts, theories and practice of human communication. Students apply their understanding of communication research and principles to personal, professional, and community relationships and concerns.

Specializations: Culture and Media, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, Public Advocacy, Relational Communication

Career Options: Students will develop strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, all which are essential to any career. Students will be prepared for careers in education, law, government, nonprofit and business.


This degree program fully prepares students for a prosperous career in any number of fields such as business and government. Students pursuing an economics degree learn problem-solving skills that can be applied to any career. Specifically, economics students learn how to allocate scarce resources, estimate demand curves or forecast inflation.

Career Options: This degree prepares students to conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts on a wide variety of issues, including energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes and employment levels. Economists can be found working for corporations, banks, government, academia or consulting agencies.


Students can choose from three specializations in the English program. Technical Communication and New Media prepares students to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields. Literary Studies provides a solid foundation in the study of British and American literature, which can provide students with many skills such as critical thinking and effective self-expression. The creative writing program is designed for aspiring writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Specializations: Technical Communication and New Media, Literary Studies, Creative Writing

Career Options: An English degree prepares students for a wide array of professional and educational fields, including teaching and higher education, law, editing and publishing, corporate and not-for-profit management, medical school, and graduate study in English as well as other disciplines.


This program offers a variety of courses in physical and human geography. Human geography courses focus on the social and spatial effects of the growth of cities, including issues such as the historical evolution of urban form and function, land-use changes and conflicts, economic restructuring, the growth and decline of inner cities, and urban racial and ethnic relations. Physical geography courses focus on major environmental systems including the hydrosphere, atmosphere, pedosphere and biosphere. Particular emphasis is placed on the human modification of the natural environment and the global interconnections of the major earth systems.

Career Options: Geography is an interdisciplinary field that offers diverse career opportunities. Geographers work in many different areas, such as environmental management, education, disaster response, city and county planning and community development.


The B.A. program is designed primarily for the liberal arts student who has an interest in the subject but who is not preparing for a career in the field, or for the pre-professional school student. Students who elect the B.A. program and decide to pursue the geology profession or attend graduate school will need to take at least physics and field geology.

Career Options: The B.A. program meets the needs of many students who plan to use geology as a basis for careers in law (environmental, oil, gas, etc.), medicine, technical writing, education, and resource-related sales and marketing, to name a few possibilities.


History embraces a diverse world of ideas, people and events. Our faculty seeks to inform and question, to provoke and to challenge students to a higher level of understanding of the past.

Career Options: Accomplished history majors are attractive to all kinds of employers in any number of fields, as well as to graduate and professional schools. Alumni can be found in such diverse professions as law, medicine, business, government, foreign service, politics and education.

Humanities & Cultural Studies

This degree focuses on the complex interconnections between the arts, social structures, and history. Interdisciplinary and global in scope, our courses provide students with opportunities for detailed cultural analysis in a broad historical and intellectual context. We create an interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizing material culture, music, literature, intellectual history, and social history in order to understand how the arts participate in the cultural construction of social reality. We welcome students who are dedicated, open-minded and willing to work across traditional academic disciplines. The major develops students’ analytical, research and writing skills, as well as their creative and technical abilities.

Specializations: Humanities, American Studies, Film and New Media Studies

Career Options: This degree is a great preparation for graduate school and a variety of jobs. Many alumni go on to careers in law, medicine, business, education and publishing. Most film studies students directly enter the communications job market. Advertising, public relations, technical writing, educational media and freelance filmmaking, just to name a few.

Interdisciplinary Classical Civilization

Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations is a broad-based area study encompassing the literature, history, linguistics, art, archaeology, philosophy and religion of Greece, Rome and the Near East from prehistory to late antiquity. Two semesters of Greek or Latin are required.

Career Options: This is an excellent all-around liberal arts degree that serves as a superb preparation for virtually any field of professional endeavor. Many alumni pursue careers in law, medicine, business, education and publishing.

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

This program provides students with the flexibility to pursue a course of study from a range of disciplines. Rather than simply looking at the world through the lens of one discipline, the core of the ISS program encourages students to think in interdisciplinary ways. ISS majors gain an understanding of the linkages between social science disciplines, and develop the ability to creatively synthesize the tools of these traditional disciplines to examine and analyze social issues in new ways.

Career Options: Graduates are prepared for the holistic problem solving required in the public and private sector (business, government, legal and nonprofit), as well as further study in graduate school.

International Studies

This program provides a general background in world affairs with a special emphasis on political and economic aspects. Courses focus on both general topics (such as conflict, globalization, terrorism and human rights) and area or country studies (the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan and Latin America are among the current offerings).

Career Options: Graduates from the program have pursued careers in government, business or non-government organizations that deal with international or global issues. Others have continued their education by attending graduate school or law school.

Mass Communications

The mass communications program is a conditional access program, meaning there are additional admission requirements after a student has been admitted to USF. Students will have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom by working for the campus TV station or campus newspaper. In addition, the School of Mass Communications is home to the Zimmerman Advertising Program. ZAP is a unique partnership with Zimmerman Advertising, the 13th-largest agency in the U.S., and features Zimmerman’s top executives who teach USF students the latest skills necessary to thrive in the advertising industry.

Specializations: Advertising, News (Editorial), Magazine, Telecommunications (News), Telecommunications (Production), Public Relations

Career Options: Students are taught to think critically, report accurately, research thoroughly and write clearly and effectively, skills that are essential for any career. This degree will prepare students for careers in newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, advertising and public relations. Located in Florida’s largest media market, USF students can take advantage of numerous internships offered in the Tampa Bay area.


This program offers diverse courses designed not only to enable the student to pursue a profession in mathematics itself, but also to enhance the student’s competence in the fields of engineering, the physical sciences, the life sciences and the social sciences. The program emphasizes the broad nature of modern mathematics and its close associations with the real world and prepares students for careers in industry or secondary education as well as entry into graduate school.

Career Options: Mathematics is good preparation for a variety of careers, many of which make no special use of mathematics itself, but do require the ability to reason carefully and express oneself clearly. Alumni can be found working as an actuary, industry mathematician, educator or researcher. Almost every bureau and branch of the federal government – including the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Security Agency – employ mathematicians in various capacities.


The concerns of philosophy range from the arts, the methods and foundations of the sciences, politics, education and religion, to the complex questions relating to the meaning of reality, truth, values and the significance of human history.

Career Options: This program provides skills that are useful in any career that demands critical thinking skills, creative problem solving skills, the ability to explain and see ideas, the ability to understand and organize complex information, analytical thinking skills, communication skills, writing skills, comfort with disagreement, calm and rational thinking, and an ability and interest in understanding ideas. Graduates go on to medical school, law school, graduate school or choose to enter the workforce in public, private, governmental and nonprofit agencies.


This program offers the student a general cultural background with a specialization in physics, offering a wide flexibility in electives. This gives the student the possibility to combine the physics major together with a concentration in other areas such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer science, premedical science, business, geology or social sciences.

Career Options: Students develop essential job skills such as problem solving, information handling, critical reasoning, logical thought, clear communication and use of computers as an analysis tool. Graduates can be found working in education, medicine, public service, management and research.

Physical Sciences

The degree in Physical Sciences will prepare students for employment in technical fields requiring a background in one or more of the physical sciences.

Political Science

This program provides students with a detailed study of the institutions and processes of American government, foundations in political theory, as well as an examination of the international system and foreign political systems through the study of international relations and comparative politics.

Career Options: This program prepares students for careers in law, government, political consulting, lobbying, nonprofit sector, education and publishing, just to name a few.


This program prepares students to better understand behavior and mental processing. The program emphasizes critical thinking skills and knowing how to formulate effective questions and research the answers.

Career Paths: Many graduates go on to graduate study in psychology, counseling, law or medical school and other graduate programs. Other graduates find employment in various organizations and businesses.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies is concerned with those features of the human experience that commonly are referred to as sacred or religious. The matter of the sacred or religious deals with what human cultures and societies regard as the most important and of ultimate concern, past and present.

Career Options: The vast majority of religious studies majors do not become members of the clergy, but go on to lead their fields in many other areas. This program is an excellent preparation for law, business school, medicine, or graduate study in counseling, humanities or administration. Additionally, many people with religious studies degrees find employment in social services, international relations, music, and health and welfare organizations, and many others start businesses, found nonprofit organizations, just to name a few.


Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human action. It investigates the structure of groups, organizations and societies ranging from intimate families to hostile mobs; from crime to religion; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a culture; from the workplace to the intimate corners of private life. Students acquire a broad liberal arts education and a greater understanding and insight into the social systems and processes that bear upon everyday lives.

Career Options: Employment opportunities are quite varied. Some go on to work for human service agencies; others work in personnel, criminal justice, and urban planning; others enter graduate programs in sociology, education, law, medicine or social work.


Statistics is a science of information gathering, data analysis, and decision making. It is a discipline that blends the applied with the. These courses provide an excellent preparation for careers in industrial statistics, actuarial science, biostatistics and statistical research.

Career Options: Statistics can be used in a wide variety of fields within science, technology, business, health and social sciences. Statistics graduates work in education, banking and finance, production management, insurance, risk management, health and medicine, and government.

Women’s and Gender Studies

This program critically examines women’s experiences and takes into consideration historical, cultural, racial, class and other differences. Enhancing knowledge about feminism and gender studies through teaching, emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity, the department focuses on critical thinking, collaborative learning and personal empowerment.

Specializations: Women of Color Studies

Career Options: This program prepares students for positions in organizations that focus on gender and diversity issues, such as government, research and service organizations. Students graduate with strong writing, critical thinking, research, public presentation and leadership skills that are valued by many employers.

World Languages and Cultures

The B.A. in World Languages and Cultures offers students a solid foundation in language and linguistic skills as well as knowledge of diverse cultures. Students may choose one concentration or may combine two concentrations. 

Bachelor of Science

Biomedical Sciences

This program is designed to fulfill many of the admissions requirements for professional schools in the health sciences (e.g. medicine, pharmacy, dentistry). Students contemplating graduate study should pursue a major in the discipline of their interest, such as biology, chemistry or microbiology.

Career Options: Most students pursuing this degree wish to attend graduate or professional school in medicine, optometry, dentistry or biomedical research. This degree can prepare students for a variety of research positions for government agencies and health care companies.

Cell and Molecular Biology

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.

Career options: This program prepares students for application to medical school, dental school, graduate school, and many careers especially in the fields of biotechnology, science policy, biomedical research, genomics, and computational biology.


The B.S. in chemistry is a rigorous program that supplies the foundation in chemistry required for both the student who begins a chemical vocation immediately upon graduation as well as the one who pursues advanced study in chemistry or related areas. The curriculum for this degree meets the requirements set by the American Chemical Society.

Career options: This degree will prepare students for a career in entry-level research positions, entry into health professional schools, and graduate programs. Students completing this degree can teach secondary school with additional certification. Students who would like to teach at universities or pursue research positions in science industries and government will need a Ph.D.

Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology is the study of how organisms interact with the environment, and how they adapt to changing environments. It explores the interconnections among biology, ecology, evolution, and conservation. The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on natural ecosystems.

Environmental Microbiology

The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on environmental microbiology. Coursework within the Environmental Microbiology major can lead to ASM certification.

Environmental Science and Policy

Students take supporting courses in physical and natural science, statistics, policy and ethics. In addition, students select electives to strengthen their knowledge within their concentration. Seniors complete a research project or work as an intern for a government agency or private company.

Specializations: Environmental Science, Environmental Policy

Career Options: This program prepares students for a variety of careers such as environmental policy, environmental science, environmental law, nonprofit and education. Potential employers include the Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA, engineering firms, nonprofit environmental agencies, consulting companies and state/local government.


Overview: Geology is one of the broadest of all sciences because of its dependence on fundamentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics as applied to the study of the earth. Geologists study landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanoes. This program provides the student with a hands-on foundation in the fundamentals of geosciences. A summer field camp is offered for students to learn crucial skills needed by every geologist. Students will be prepared to sit for the state of Florida exam to earn their geologist license.

Career Options: Geologists work in a variety of settings. These include: natural resource companies, environmental consulting companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and universities. Many geologists do field work at least part of the time. Others spend their time in laboratories, classrooms or offices.

Health Sciences
Effective Fall 2019.  This program has moved to the College of Public Health. For more information, see
Information Studies

This program integrates a strong foundation in information technology as well as an understanding of human, organizational, policy and other issues.

Career Options: Areas that information science professionals work in include: information architecture, information management, knowledge discovery in databases/data mining, human computer interaction, information retrieval/extraction, natural language processing, semantic interoperability, systems analysis and design, library science, informatics (various contexts, such as medical, legal, music, museum, etc.) and a host of areas where information technology is central.

Integrated Animal Biology

Integrative Animal Biology is the study of the biology of animals, including humans. It explores the structure and function of invertebrates, vertebrates, and humans. The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on animals.

Career options: It will prepare students for further education in medicine, veterinary medicine, animal biology, and evolutionary biology or for careers in fields such as medical assistance, veterinary assistance, animal care, and aquarium and zoo biology and education.

Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences

This degree offers flexibility for the student interested in the broad spectrum of natural sciences. The interdisciplinary natural sciences program features the introductory sequence in all of the five natural sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics.

Career Options: This program will prepare students for entry into health professional schools and graduate programs. Students completing this degree can teach secondary school with additional certification. Students who would like to teach at universities or pursue research positions in science industries and government will need a Ph.D.

Marine Biology

Marine Biology is the study of life in the oceans. It explores the unique marine environment and the nature of the organisms that inhabit the oceans. The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on marine ecosystems.

Career options: It will prepare students for further education in ecology, marine science, biological oceanography, and evolutionary biology or for careers in fields such as aquaculture, animal husbandry, aquarium biology and education, conservation biology and education, environmental consulting, and wildlife biology.

Medical Technology

This program teaches students to exercise independent judgment, correlate test results, and interpret test findings. This program includes three years of study on campus and a fourth year of internship at one of three participating hospitals: Tampa General (Tampa), Bayfront Medical Center (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and St. Vincent’s Hospital (Jacksonville, Fla.). Our students have a nearly 100 percent success in job placement and in passing licensure exams.

Career Options: This program will prepare students for a career as medical technologists, or clinical laboratory scientists, who analyze human blood, tissues and bodily fluids, or supervise the performance of thousands of types of medical laboratory tests using a wide variety of precision instruments. They also may conduct research and develop scientific methods to advance the study of disease processes.


This degree emphasizes a comprehensive program of coursework designed to cover the various sub-disciplines of microbiology, together with requirements for hands-on laboratories to expose the students to practical aspects of microbiology.

Career Options: Microbiology is an excellent preparatory major for students interested in medical, dental and other health professional training. There are opportunities for employment in government, hospitals, public health laboratories, research laboratories and industrial laboratories (e.g. food, chemical and pharmaceutical companies). Graduates can teach secondary school, as long as they meet teaching certification requirements.


This is a professional program designed to meet today’s standard of science and technology, opening doors to industrial and governmental jobs, and the appropriate level of physics for those students who intend to proceed with graduate studies in physics or related fields.

Career Options: Some of the better-known careers for physics majors include academic and industrial research, electronics, alternative energy development, communications or the vital area of medical physics. Physicists are in demand for their analytical skills in many financial, fund management and research roles, in law, as weather forecasters, computer programmers, and as physics and science teachers.

Physical Sciences

The degree in Physical Sciences will prepare students for employment in technical fields requiring a background in one or more of the physical sciences

Quantitative Economics & Econometrics

Students pursuing an economics degree learn problem-solving skills that can be applied to any career. Specifically, economics students learn such things as how to allocate scarce resources, estimate demand curves or forecast inflation.

Career options: This degree prepares students to conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts on a wide variety of issues, including energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes and employment levels. Economists can be found working for corporations, banks, government, academia or consulting agencies. 

Accelerated Programs

  • B.S. Biomedical Sciences/M.A.T. Science Education
  • B.S. Biology/M.S. Biology (non-thesis)
  • B.S. Cell and Molecular Biology/M.S. in Biology (non-thesis)
  • B.A. Chemistry/M.A.T. Science Education
  • B.S. Chemistry/M.S.B.E. Biomedical Engineering
  • B.S. Environmental Biology/M.A.T. Science Education
  • B.S. Environmental Microbiology/M.A.T. Science Education
  • B.A. Humanities and Cultural Studies/M.A. Liberal Arts
  • B.S. Integrative Animal Biology/M.A.T. Science Education
  • B.S. Marine Biology/M.A.T. Science Education
  • B.A. Mathematics/M.A. Mathematics
  • B.S. Microbiology/M.S. Microbiology
  • B.A. Physics/M.A.T. Science Education 


Minors are offered in the following areas:

  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Anthropology
  • Biomedical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Film and New Media Studies
  • French
  • Geographic Information Systems and Technology
  • Geology
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Linguistics
  • Literary Studies
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Modern Greek
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Queer & Sexual Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urban Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies


 A concentration is any organized set of courses that is offered as part of a major and enhances or complements the degree program to be awarded in a manner that leads to specific educational or occupational goals, and/or from different disciplines that provide an interdisciplinary focus.


  • Biochemistry/Biotechnology
  • Health Professions (no longer accepting new admits)


  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Studies
  • Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology


  • General Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography

Humanities and Cultural Studies:

  • American Studies
  • Film and New Media Studies
  • Humanities

Information Studies:

  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Health Information
  • Information Security
  • Information Science and Technology


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences:

  • Africana Studies
  • Aging Sciences
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Mass Communications
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Deaf Studies
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science and policy
  • Geography
  • Humanities
  • History
  • Information Studies
  • International Studies
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • Multidisciplinary Behavioral Sciences
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Communication
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Mass Communications:

  • Advertising
  • Journalism-News-Editorial
  • Journalism-Magazine
  • Broadcast News
  • Broadcast-Program and Production
  • Public Relations


  • Applied/Computational Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics


  • Identity and Community
  • Inequality and Social Justice

World Languages and Cultures:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classics
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • French International Studies and Business
  • French
  • German
  • Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish International Studies and Business
  • Spanish


A certificate is a non-degree program designed to provide students with specialized knowledge that is less extensive than, and different from, a degree program. Certificates are offered in the following areas:

Africana Literatures

The Certificate in Africana Literatures is designed for majors in all colleges as well as non-degree seeking students who wish to engage in a focused study of Africana literatures, acquire appreciation and knowledge of these literatures, and have that knowledge formally recognized in their academic record.

Agricultural Sustainability and Food Biosecurity

The certificate is designed to enhance majors within the Integrative Biology Department, particularly majors in Environmental Biology. It addresses a national need for increased agricultural training opportunities outside Land Grant institutions. The certificate will enhance the student’s academic growth, facilitate the student’s use of academic training to address important societal problems, and improve the student’s prospects of finding gainful employment.

Arabic Language and Culture

This certificate is constructed for individuals who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in any field and are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture. This certificate will prepare students for working in global business companies, the U.S. Department of State and other governmental or diplomatic positions, research centers, etc. in the future. It is offered through the Department of World Language Education.

Asian Studies

The Certificate in Asian Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain a broad knowledge of a world area that is of unique importance. Courses counted for the Certificate also may be counted for the major (when applicable).

Film Studies

The Certificate in Film Studies is designed for undergraduate students majoring in another field who also desire a concentration in film studies. The certificate program is a carefully structured, interdisciplinary sequence of four courses (12-15 credits) that provides students with a broad introduction to the field of film studies. Receipt of a Certificate in Film Studies is recorded on the student’s transcript. Spanning colleges, departments and academic disciplines, the Film Studies Certificate provides students with a balanced and multi-faceted course of study that will focus on the functions and manifestations of film as a medium in contemporary Western society.

Food Studies

The Certificate in Food Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain an interdisciplinary knowledge of the social, cultural, anthropological, historical and philosophical study of the production, consumption and representations of food. Food Studies is a growing field that offers students the opportunity to be genuinely interdisciplinary in their methodological approach, while studying a subject that is of tremendous social, personal, ethical, environmental and global significance. The certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours and will be effective as of fall 2012.

India Studies

The certificate in India Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain a broad knowledge of Indian culture and society.

Italian Studies

The certificate will encompass courses in several departments in two colleges. The majority of courses will focus on the study of history and culture of the people who inhabit or originated from the Italian peninsula and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily from pre-historic times to the present. In addition, however, offerings will also focus on the Italian diaspora with specific reference to the experiences of people of Italian descent in the many nations in which they settled from the early 19th century to the present.


The certificate is constructed for individuals who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in any field and desire to advance their Japanese learning. By developing individuals’ knowledge and understanding for the Japanese language and culture, this certificate will prepare them for working in Japan or for Japanese companies, working as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State, or applying for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, etc. in the future. The certificate is offered through the Department of World Languages.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies for students who wish to gain an intensive multi-disciplinary understanding of this important area, and have that knowledge formally recognized in their academic record. This program is open to all USF majors of all colleges.

Modern Western European Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers this certificate through the collaboration of the Departments of English, Geography, History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Government and International Affairs, World Languages, and Philosophy. It is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain a multi-disciplinary understanding of a part of the world that has shaped much of our civilization and holds great significance for Americans in the present and the future.

Russian Studies

College of Arts and Sciences offers this certificate through the collaboration of the Department of World Languages, Government and International Affairs, and History. Courses from other departments may count if their subject matter has significant Russian or Eurasian content.

Undergraduate Advising Information

The College of Arts and Sciences’ decentralized advising provides students the opportunity to work with a professional who has specialized knowledge and understanding of the major requirements, course offerings, and undergraduate research and career opportunities in their field. In addition to major advising, the college offers pre-professional advising for students intending to pursue careers in law and the health professions. Each program has its own advising office. The advisor should be contacted for information on curriculum planning, graduation requirements, and admission to professional schools.

Undergraduate Advisers List


The Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications




Department of Anthropology




Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology




Department of Chemistry




Department of Communication




Department of Economics




Department of English




School of Geosciences




Department of History





Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies




School of Information




Department of Integrative Biology



School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies





Department of Mathematics & Statistics




Department of Physics




Department of Philosophy




Department of Psychology




School of Public Affairs



Department of Religious Studies




Department of Sociology




Department of Women’s and Gender Studies




Department of World Languages