Aug 12, 2022
Total Hours: 36
The Exploratory Curriculum (ECM) allows USF students to register for up to 36 credit hours before they must officially declare a major. During this time they will focus on satisfying the State and USF General Education requirements, which are needed for any major at USF. These courses are a great way to learn about career fields and academic disciplines that students may not be familiar with yet.
The cornerstone of the Exploratory Curriculum (ECM) is the customized student success course entitled U-Decide, a first-year experience course with a significant major/career exploration component (offered as IDS 2378 - Critical Thinking: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Inquiry or SLS 2901 - Academic Foundations Seminar ). The goal of the course and the Exploratory Curriculum experience is to equip students with the ability to make decisions regarding their future. The economic and career landscape is always changing, and this new generation of students needs to be able to adapt at a much higher rate than previous generations.
Disclaimer: The Exploratory program is not a major from which you can graduate. During the program, a student will focus on satisfying the Enhanced General Education (Gen Ed.) requirements, which are needed for any major at USF. These courses are a great way to learn about career fields and academic disciplines that you may not be familiar with yet while staying on path for a timely graduation.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
There are no specified common prerequisites for this major. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate of Arts degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution.
The following is language approved by those colleges with BAS degree programs: Admission to Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree programs usually requires an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in a related area. If a student has earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, or an A.S. degree, an A.A.S. degree, or its equivalent in an unrelated area, the student may be admitted on a case-by-case basis with approval of the appropriate academic administrator. Some majors may have licensure or other types of requirements prior to admittance. Due to the variance in specialized B.A.S. degree programs and concentrations, students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor at the B.A.S degree-granting institution.
Program Admission Information
To be admitted to the Exploratory Curriculum (ECM), a student should be at or below 36 college credits at the time of orientation. If a student is in AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, AICE or any other college credit accruing program in high school, please reach out to the Exploratory advisor for further options. You can reach the ECM advisor at ECMadvise@usf.edu.
Exploratory Curriculum Pathways
- Math, Engineering & Technology
- Arts & Humanities
- Health & Natural Sciences
- Global & Social Sciences
Health & Natural Sciences Pathway
This Pathway is designed for students exploring various medical careers. Maybe you know the type of medicine you want to practice, but not which specific health major to choose. Maybe you know you are great at Biology or Chemistry in high school, but not sure what branch of medicine is associated with these academic disciplines. The other type of student this Pathway is designed for is those exploring various research careers such as Environmental Science, Geology, Communication Science and Disorders, or Public Health.
Students from this Pathway often go into the following majors:
||Environmental Science & Policy
|Communication Sciences & Disorders
The following courses are suggested for this ECM Pathway.
Health & Natural Sciences Pathway Electives
Exploratory Curriculum - Additional Information
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.
The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges.
1 Year Plan of Study - Exploratory Curriculum: Health & Natural Sciences
Semester 1 (Fall)
Total Credit Hours: 13
Semester 2 (Spring)
Total Credit Hours: 14
Semester 3 (Summer)
Total Credit Hours: 9