May 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science Education B.S., with Chemistry Education Concentration

Science Education

(CIP = 13.1316) (SCE)

Science Education explores educational foundations and methods to prepare educators in middle and secondary schools. It also explores the theory and practice of teaching science education. The objective is to prepare reflective and caring educators for a career in middle and high schools.

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.

All Programs (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics):

  • EDF X005 Introduction to Education - 3 credit hours

Concentration-specific State Mandated Program Prerequisites:

For Biology Teacher Education

  • [(BSC X010 and BSC X010L) and (BSC X011 and BSC X011L)] or (BSC X010C and BSC X011C) - 8 total credit hours
  • Select two of the following options - 8 total credit hours
    • CHM X045 and CHM X045L - 4 credit hours
    • PHY X048 and PHY X048L - 4 credit hours
    • CHM X045C - 4 credit hours 
    • PHY X048C - 4 credit hours
    • PHY X053 and PHY X053L - 4 credit hours
    • CHM X046 and CHM X046L - 4 credit hours
    • PHY X049 and PHY X049L - 4 credit hours
    • PHY X054 and PHY X054L - 4 credit hours
    • CHM X046C - 4 credit hours
    • PHY X049C - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X311 or MAC X241 - 4 credit hours

For Chemistry Teacher Education

  • MAC X311 Calculus I - 4 credit hours
  • [(CHM X045 and CHM X045L) and (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) - 8 total credit hours
  • [(PHY X048 and PHY X048L) and (PHY X049 and PHY X049L)] or [(PHY X053 and PHY X053L) and (PHY X054 and PHY X054L)] or (PHY X048C and PHY X049C) or (PHY X053C and PHY X054C) - 8 total credit hours

​For Physics Teacher Education

  • MAC X311 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X313 - 4 credit hours
  • [(CHM X045 and CHM X045L) and (CHM X046 and CHM X046L)] or (CHM X045C and CHM X046C) - 8 total credit hours
  • [(PHY X048 and PHY X048L) and (PHY X049 and PHYX049L)] or (PHY X048C and PHY X049C) - 10 total credit hours

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required.

Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

FOR EDUCATION MAJORS: General education courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog and delineated in the Statewide Course Numbering System.

Total Major Hours: 35

Major Core (35 hours)

GPA Requirements

Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Course Grade Requirement

Students must earn a C- or higher in all upper-level courses in the major.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Internship Opportunities

All students will enroll in multiple clinical experiences throughout the program which will provide them with the opportunity to engage in the practice of teaching.

Advising Information

Students are encouraged to seek advising in Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979. To schedule an appointment visit us at

Science Education Faculty

Chairpersons: M. Berson, J. Schneider; Professors: A.P. Feldman, B.S. Spector, D. Zeidler.

Chemistry Education

(CIP = 13.1316)

Total Concentration Hours: 60

Concentration Core (31 Credit Hours)

Required Supporting Courses for the Concentration (28 Credit Hours)

The following courses are prerequisites 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.

Students must receive a C- or better to meet the major requirements.

Calculus I

Admission Requirements

Admission to an educator preparation program is contingent upon meeting the following Department of Education’s Teacher Educator Certification requirements:

  1. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all general education and state mandated common prerequisite courses with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at

Plan of Study

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