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    Apr 04, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry B.S.

(CIP = 40.0501) (CHS) Track 1 of 2

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.

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.

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

Nine (9) hours of upper-level chemistry courses must be completed at USF for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degrees.

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.S. Program

Accelerated B.S. in Chemistry and M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering

This program intends for students to complete a B.S. in Chemistry and M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering over the span of five years. Completion of this program allows students to complete nine (9) credit hours toward the M.S.B.E. during their junior or senior year in the Chemistry (B.S.) major.

Advising Information

Department of Chemistry Advising: or

Chemistry Faculty

Chairperson and Professor: W.C. Guida; Associate Chairperson and Associate Professor: A. van der Vaart; Distinguished 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, U. Kulatunga, S.T. Weldegirma, R. Zhang.

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