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Academic Regulations and Information


Semester System

USF operates on a semester system. Semesters begin in August and January with Summer Sessions beginning in May and June. See Academic Calendar for appropriate dates.

Academic Load

The maximum load of an undergraduate student is 18 hours (Fall & Spring semesters) and 14 hours (Summer Term) unless approval is received from the dean or an authorized representative of the student’s college. Students classified as Undecided must receive approval from the Center for Academic Advising. In the Fall or Spring Semester 12 hours is the minimum load for a student to be considered as full-time.

Full-time Undergraduate Student Definition - Summer Term

Sessions “A” & “B” (6 weeks)
For: Academic purposes 6 hours or more each session
For: Financial aid purposes must enroll for 12 hours (undergraduate) in any combination of Sessions “A,” “B” and “C.”

Session “C” (10 weeks)
For: Academic purposes 9 hours or more
For: Financial aid purposes must enroll for 12 hours (undergraduate) in any combination of Sessions “A,” “B” and “C.”

Students receiving Veterans’ Administration benefits should confirm their Summer Term enrollment with the Office of Veterans’ Services or Veterans’ Coordinator.

Undergraduates may not enroll in 6000-level courses or higher without approval of the college/department in which the course is offered.

Availability of Courses

USF does not commit itself to offer all the courses, programs, and majors listed in this catalog unless there is sufficient demand to justify them. Some courses, for example, may be offered only in alternate semesters or years, or even less frequently if there is little demand.

Transfer of Credit To USF

USF will accept credits only from those institutions accredited by one of the accrediting agencies/commissions recognized by USF. However, USF reserves the right to deny credit for specific courses. The receipt and evaluation of total transfer credit are the responsibility of the Office of Admissions. The college of the student’s major will determine which courses are applicable toward a specific degree and will assign equivalent courses (see Evaluation of Transfer of Credit under Admissions and Related Matters).

USF subscribes fully to all of the provisions of the statewide Articulation Agreement (Rule 6A-10.024) and strongly recommends that students complete the associate of arts degree, or in certain prior-approved areas the associate of science degree, before transferring. Special details for students who do not plan to complete the associate degree requirements are available from the Office of Admissions. Also, all transfer students should refer to other entries about undergraduate transfers in the Admissions section of this catalog.

Former Student Returning

The Office of Admissions will evaluate the acceptability of transfer of credits taken at regionally-accredited institutions since last enrolled at USF. The college of the student’s major will determine which courses are applicable for his/her major. In some instances, exact course equivalents will also be determined by other colleges that offer the same or similar course(s) as a part of their programs of study.

Continuously Enrolled Degree-Seeking Student

The Office of Admissions will determine the acceptability of transfer credits for continuing, degree-seeking students who take courses at regionally-accredited institutions. However, PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL MUST BE OBTAINED from the college of the student’s major if these credits are to be applicable to the USF degree program. A properly-executed Transient Student Form or Cross Enrollment Form should be used for this purpose.

Declaration of Major

First-year students often enter the university undecided about their career plans and intended majors and that usually creates little difficulty for them. Many of the more than 90 majors at USF allow students considerable options in their early course choices. However, some programs require completion of particular courses within the first two years. For instance, students with majors in fine arts and engineering should begin specific coursework in their first year and are best served by declaring their majors upon entering the university. In other fields, such as nursing, natural and physical sciences, education, and business, students must satisfy state mandated course prerequisites and complete specific general education courses during the first two years to be admitted to those major as juniors and to allow graduation on a timely basis. Therefore, students must make early decisions about those majors as well.

Unless restricted by limited access requirements, all students are expected to be officially declared in a major by the time they have completed 45 semester hours of course work. Beginning Fall Semester 2004, FTIC students who have not declared a major (or pre-major) and who have completed 45 or more credits of college level coursework will not be allowed to register for further credit coursework at the university until they have declared a major or pre-major.

Transfer students, especially those who have completed 60 hours of work prior to transferring to USF, should declare their majors upon entry to the university. Transfer students who have not declared a major (or pre-major) and who have completed 75 or more credits of college coursework will not be allowed to register for further credit coursework at the university until they have declared a major or a pre-major. Students transferring in 75 or more credits will be required to declare a major (or pre-major) at the time of admission.

Many resources are made available by the university to assist students in making career decisions and choosing their majors. Information about these resources is readily available from academic advisors. All entering FTIC students who have not made a career/major decision upon entry to the university will be encouraged to enroll in the University Experience course.


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