Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Biomedical Sciences B.S.

Plans of Study

The Biomedical Sciences degree serves as a gateway into a variety of health-professional programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Physician Assistant. Required courses include Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics. This degree provides the flexibility to choose advanced-level science coursework based on academic and professional interests. Students contemplating graduate study should pursue a major in the discipline of their interest, such as Biology, Chemistry, or Microbiology.

University Admissions - College of Arts and Sciences

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 and Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

Progression Requirement - College of Arts and Sciences

All students in the below listed programs must successfully complete the below science and math coursework without earning three (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. Grade Forgiveness will NOT apply to the mandated requirement of changing majors.

Included Departments/Divisions:

  • Effective Fall 2022: Department of Physics* and all other Departments/Divisions continued from Fall 2018.
  • Effective Fall 2018: Division of Health Professions Advising; Department of Chemistry; Department of Molecular Biosciences; and Department of Integrative Biology.

Furthermore, any student who requests a change of major to one offered in the above identified departments will be required to meet these prescribed parameters as well as those criteria outlined in the Degree Progression Policy 10-505. Students who are able to complete a major in one of the above Departments/Divisions by earning fewer credit hours than required to complete any other major offered at USF may petition to request an exception to the D/F Policy and should contact the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advising Office (sdfx@usf.edu) for instructions.

*Students who are redirected from one of the above Departments/Divisions as a result of the D/F Policy may pursue the following degrees offered by the Department of Physics: B.S. Physical Sciences and B.A. Physical Sciences.

Included courses:

Graduation Requirements - College of Arts and Sciences

Satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Students must complete all State and University level graduation requirements.
  •  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.
    • The College may approve an exception when a student has successfully earned the minimum grade required for all courses applied in the major but does not have a major GPA of 2.0.
  • Physical Education coursework is limited to two (2) semester hours.
  • 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. 
  • When earning a second degree, double major or concurrent degree, the Major Core and Major Elective/Concentration areas of the degree audit must not overlap for both degrees.  All other areas of the degree audit may have overlapping credit hours applied.
  • 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.
  • The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
  • Complete all major course requirements.
  • College of Arts and Sciences students are expected to complete a minimum of 50% of their major and/or minor coursework in residence at USF. Some College of Arts and 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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Biomedical Sciences B.S.

Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites 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. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • BSC X010C or (BSC X010 and BSC X010L) - 4 credit hours
  • BSC X011C or (BSC X011 and BSC X011L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X045C or (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X046C or (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X210C or (CHM X210 and CHM X210L) - 5 credit hours
  • CHM X211C or (CHM X211 and CHM X211L) - 5 credit hours
  • (PHY X053 and PHY X053L) and (PHY X054 and PHY X054L) - 8 credit hours OR
    • PHY X053C and PHY X054C - 8 credit hours OR
    • (PHY X048 and PHY X048L) and (PHY X049 and PHY X049L) - 8 credit hours OR
    • (BSC X093 and BSC X093L) and (BSC X094 and BSC X094L) - 8 credit hours OR
    • BSC X093C and BSC X094C - 8 credit hours OR
    • BSC X085C and BSC X086C - 8 credit hours OR
    • (BSC X085 and BSC X085L) and (BSC X086 and BSC X086L) - 8 credit hours OR
    • PHY X048C and PHY X094C - 10 credit hours
  • MAC X241 or MAC X281 or MAC X311 - 3-4 credit hours
  • MAC X242 or MAC X282 or MAC X312 or STA X023 or STA X014 - 3-4 credit hours

Required Courses: (21-22 credit hours)

Major Core Courses: 3 courses; 7-8 credit hours

Major Electives Courses: 5 courses; 14 credit hours

Minimum of 14 credit hours (5 courses) from the following to include:

  • Upper-level Biology course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
  • Upper-level Chemistry course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
  • Upper-level Biology or Chemistry course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
  • Upper-level Biology or Chemistry Lab (1 hour minimum)
  • Upper-level additional Biomedical electives (4 hours minimum)*

​*NOTE: Upper-level additional Biomedical electives can be selected from approved Biology, Chemistry, or Other Courses listed below.

Additional Information - Biomedical Sciences B.S.

Other Requirements

No duplicate credit allowed.

GPA Requirement

Major GPA (all USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0

Gen Ed GPA (all USF courses which are applied to gen ed requirements):   2.0

USF GPA:  2.0

Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirement

A grade of C- (1.67) or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere.   All courses in any Chemistry major must be taken with letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, I), except those courses which are graded S/U only.

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

Residency Requirement

Department Major Academic Residency Requirement -  

  1. At least seven (7) credits of Chemistry coursework, upper or lower level, must be completed at USF, and
  2. At least 12 credit hours of major-applicable, upper-level natural science courses must be completed at USF.

College Academic Residency Requirement - Interdisciplinary majors do not have an additional college academic resident requirement. 

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

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.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways

Students majoring in Biomedical Sciences have the option to pursue one of the following Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways:

  • B.S. Biomedical Sciences/MD Medicine
  • B.S. Biomedical Sciences/PharmD Pharmacy

For more information, see the Graduate Catalog.

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 - College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Advising Information

The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Advising Team provides students with support to create timely graduation plans that will integrate both their academic and professional goals.  Each of our undergraduate programs has dedicated professional advisors with specialized knowledge and understanding of the major requirements, course offerings, undergraduate research, and career opportunities in their field.  Additionally, we have dedicated pre-health and prelaw advisors to help students prepare for admission to professional graduate programs.


CAS Academic Advisor Contact information can be found here: CAS Advisors

To schedule an advising appointment: Advising Appointments