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    Jul 27, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry B.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120 

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed for students wishing to continue with graduate training in chemistry and closely allied disciplines and the degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides a firm foundation in all five disciplines of chemistry: organic, physical chemistry, inorganic, analytical and biochemistry. Students interested in research, the pursuit of an advanced degree, employment in the chemical industry, or who want to teach at the secondary education level may find this degree attractive. The curriculum for the B.S. degree in Chemistry meets the requirements for degree certification by the American Chemical Society.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

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. 

  • (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or (CHM X040 and CHM X041) or CHM X045C - 4 - 6 credit hours
  • (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) or CHM X046C - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X311 or MAC X281 - 3-4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282 - 3-4 credit hours
  • [(CHM X210 and CHM X210L) and (CHM X211 and X211L)] or (CHM X210C and CHM X211C) - 4 credit hours
  • [(PHY X048 and PHY X048L)* and (PHY X049 and PHY X049L)*] or (PHY X048C and PHY X049C)* or [(PHY X053 and PHY X053L)** and (PHY X054 and PHY X054L)**] or (PHY X053C and PHY X054C)**

* The PHY X048 and PHY X049 sequence is required for the Bachelor in Science degree.  It is an option for the Bachelor in Arts degree.

** The PHY X053 and PHY X054 sequence is not accepted for the Bachelor in Science degree.

Required Supporting Courses for the Major (22 Credit 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.

Total Major Hours: 54


Major Core (54 Credit Hours)


The required sequence of Chemistry courses should be started immediately in the freshman year; the mathematics and physics requirements should be completed before the junior year as preparation for CHM 4410   Physical Chemistry I (B.S. degree), a course which is to be taken in the third year. CHM 4410  is a prerequisite to other advanced courses required for the B.S. degree in chemistry. Students are strongly encouraged to complete CHM 3415C   prior to their registration in CHM 4410  and CHM 4411  .

Students are required to complete 54 credits of degree applicable Chemistry coursework.

GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements): 2.0  General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements): 2.0
USF GPA: 2.0
Overall GPA: 2.0

Grading Requirements


A grade of C (2.0) or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirements


Department Major Academic Residency Requirement - At least Nine (9) hours of upper-level chemistry courses must be completed at USF.

College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF.

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

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Other Program Information


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 without earning 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.

Included Departments/Divisions


Division of Health Professions Advising; Department of Chemistry ; Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology ; and Department of Integrative Biology .

Included courses


Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course 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 the 0-credit IDS 4914   course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email ChemAdvise@usf.edu

4 Year Plan of Study - Chemistry B.S.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemistry Teacher, Secondary Education

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $55,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

2 Year Plan of Study - Chemistry B.S.


NOTES:

 

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 7

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12