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

Biomedical Sciences B.S.

(CIP = 26.0102) (BMS)

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.

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.

  • 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 X046) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X210C or (CHM X210 and CHM X210L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X211C or (CHM X211 and CHM X211L) - 4 credit hours
  • (PHY X053 and PHY X053L) and (PHY X054 and PHY X054L) - 5 credit hours OR
    • PHY X053C and PHY X054C - 4 credit hours OR
    • (PHY X048 and PHY X048L - 8 credit hours) and (PHY X049 & PHY X049L - 5 credit hours) OR
    • (BSC X093 and BSC X093L) and (BSC X094 and BSC X094L) - 5 credit hours OR
    • BSC X093C and BSC X094C - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X241 or MAC X281 or MAC X311 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X242 or MAC X282 or MAC X312 or STA X023 or STA X024 - 4 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 61-62

Major Core (40 Credit Hours)

Tier 1

Required Biology Courses (8 Credit Hours)

Required Mathematics Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Required Physics Courses (8 Credit Hours)

Major Electives (21-22 Credit Hours)

Tier 2

Required Biomedical Electives (7-8 Credit Hours)

Minimum of 14 credits 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 Chemistry or Biology course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
  • Upper-level Chemistry or Biology Lab (1 hour minimum)
  • Upper-level Additional Biomedical electives (4 hours minimum)
Other Courses

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

Grading Requirement

A grade of C or better is required for science and mathematics courses and each supporting course for the Major. 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.

Residency Requirement

Chemistry residency requirement: Seven (7) credits of Chemistry coursework, upper or lower level, must be completed at USF.

Upper-level residency requirement: 12 credit hours of major-applicable, upper-level natural science courses must be completed at USF.

Other Requirements

No duplicate credit allowed.

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

Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Program

Accelerated B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and M.A.T. in Science Education

This program intends for students to complete a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and M.A.T. in Science Education (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credit hours toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during their senior year in the Biomedical Sciences major.

For more information, see the Graduate Catalog for Accelerated Majors.

Advising Information

Department of Chemistry Advising: or

Biomedical Sciences Faculty

Chairperson and Professor: W.C. Guida; Associate Chairperson and Associate Professor: A. van der VaartDistinguished University Professor Emeritus: D.F. Martin; Emeritus Professors: J.C. Davis, Jr., J.E. Fernandez, L. Mandell, R.M. O’Malley, G. Solomons; Professors: B.J. Baker, J. Cai, J.P. Harmon, M.D. Johnston, R. Larsen, J. Leahy, J.E. Lewis, A. Malik, G.G. Meisels, P. Mercer, D.J. Merkler, L. Ming, R. Potter,  X. Shi, B. Space, E. Turos; Associate Professors: K.S. Bisht, J.R. Del Valle, S. Lewis, S. Ma, L. Woodcock; Assistant Professors: T. Evans-Nguyen, I. Gelis, X. Li,J. Raker, D. Rogers; Research Professor: M. Acevedo-Duncan; Research Assistant Professors: W. Brooks, L. Calcul, E. Rivera, L. Wojtas; Instructors: L. Anderson, D. Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, K. Daniel, K. Fields, J. Figueroa, U. Kulatunga, S.T. Weldegirma, R. Zhang.

Plan of Study

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