May 27, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry B.A., with Biochemistry/Biotechnology Concentration


The Biochemistry/Biotechnology concentration offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue later studies and/or professional emphasis in Biochemistry and Biotechnology along with a strong foundation in the chemical knowledge and skills that are essential to these areas.

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Chemistry B.A.

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 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282 - 4 credit hours
  • [(CHM X210 and CHM X210L) and (CHM X211 and X211L)] or (CHM X210C and CHM X211C) - 10 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)** - 8-10 credit hours

* 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 Course for the Major (16-20 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.

Required Courses: 22 Credit Hours

Major (Restricted) Electives: (25 Credit Hours)

Students complete either a General Chemistry program of study or a Biochemistry/Biotechnology concentration.

Biochemistry/Biotechnology Concentration Courses: 21 Credit Hours

Chemistry B.A. - Additional Information

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 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.

D/F Policy

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: BCH 3053 ; BSC 2010 ; BSC 2011 ; BSC 2085 BSC 2086 ; BSC 2093C ; BSC 2094C ; BSC 2932 ; CHM 2023 ; CHM 2045 ; CHM 2046 ; CHM 2210 ; CHM 2211 ; CHS 2440 ; MAT 1033 MAC 1105 ;MAC 1147 ; MAC 2241 ; MAC 2242 ; MAC 2281 , MAC 2282 , MAC 2311 ; MAC 2312 ; MCB 3020 ; PCB 3023 ; PCB 3063 ; PHY 2053 ; PHY 2054 ; PHY 2048 ; PHY 2049 ; PHY 2060 ; PHY 2061 ; STA 2023 .

Residency Requirement

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

Research Opportunities

The Department of Chemistry offers the opportunity for students to participate in undergraduate research with Chemistry faculty. Students can apply for the Academic Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program and find more information here: Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course with a Chemistry faculty member 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 a 0 credit research course. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Academic Advisors in the Department of Chemistry, as well as the Office for Undergraduate Research, can assist students in understanding the various course options.

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. 

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4 Year Plan of Study - Chemistry B.A., with Biochemistry/Biotechnology Concentration



Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Chemist
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $55,000

Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2

Semester 4 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)

  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3

Semester 7 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 8 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

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: 14

Semester 11 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

2 Year Plan of Study - Chemistry B.A., with Biochemistry/Biotechnology Concentration



Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 7

Year 2

Semester 4 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 12