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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 85 - 87

Chemistry (CHS/CHM/CHC)

Course Descriptions - Faculty - Printable Degree Requirements

The Department of Chemistry awards two degrees at the baccalaureate level, the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and three degrees at the graduate level, a non thesis Master of Arts, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is also offered with an emphasis in Biochemistry or an emphasis for Health Professions. Each of the graduate degrees offers specialization in the areas of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. The chemistry faculty is comprised of 24 full time members all of whom hold the Ph.D. degree. The combination of a large and strong faculty with a wide variety of courses and electives provides students with programs of study which can be tailored to fit individual needs while maintaining a sound background in all general aspects of chemistry.

Majors in chemistry are well prepared to enter a wide range of chemical careers as well as many interdisciplinary activities that are the hallmark of modern science and technology. These include teaching and research in academic, government and private settings, bio medical research and clinical practice, environmental activities, materials science, law, business and other professions. The Bachelor of Science is particularly designed for students wishing to continue with graduate training in chemistry and closely allied disciplines and graduates are certified for membership in the American Chemical Society. The Bachelor of Arts provides opportunities for curricula individually tailored to meet many career objectives.

General Requirements for the Majors in Chemistry

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 3400 Elementary Physical Chemistry I (B.A. degree) or CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I (B.S. degree), courses which are to be taken in the third year. CHM 4410 is a prerequisite to other advanced courses required for the B.S. degree in chemistry. CHM 4060 “Use of Chemical Literature” also is a prerequisite to several B.S. degree courses.

A grade of C or better is required in each chemistry course and each supporting course specified for a chemistry degree. All courses in a chemistry program must be taken with letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, I) except those courses which are graded S/U only. (D and F grades earned in attempting to satisfy chemistry major requirements will be used in calculating the major GPA.) Nine hours of upper level chemistry courses must be completed at USF.

Liberal Arts Requirement. The student is required to complete the university’s Liberal Arts Requirement. Chemistry and Mathematics courses required for chemistry degrees satisfy the Liberal Arts requirements in the areas of Natural Science and Quantitative Methods.

Free Electives. Courses over and above the required courses should be taken to complete a 120 hour program. Recommended courses are listed in the degree requirements below. 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/junior colleges to the University of South Florida complete whole sequences of chemistry courses, such as general and organic chemistry, before the transfer. Even though courses may carry the same common course number, topics may vary sufficiently from school to school to leave the transfer student ill-prepared to proceed within a sequence.

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites) for Students Transferring from a Community College: Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. These include two semesters each of General Chemistry lecture and lab, Organic Chemistry lecture and lab, Calculus, and General Physics lecture and lab. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Please be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university. This is a non-limited access program with the above courses recommended.

BA in Chemistry (CHM)

The B.A. degree in Chemistry provides a course of study for students whose careers will require a thorough understanding of chemistry required for a variety of professional activities such as in health related professions, science teaching, business, law and other areas. Inherent in this program is a high degree of flexibility which permits tailoring a course of study to the student’s own educational objectives. The B.A. student whose goals change in the direction of graduate study should supplement this curriculum by addition and/or substitution of a selection of advanced courses from the B.S. program. Prerequisites are included in the list below.

Required Chemistry Courses (33 credit hours)

Required Chemistry Electives (6 credit hours)

Required Supporting Courses (14 16 credit hours)

Required natural science or engineering electives (8 credit hours) Suggested courses: BSC 2010, BSC 2011, GLY 2010, GLY 2100, EVR 2001, CGS 2060.

BA in Chemistry, emphasis in Biochemistry (CHM)

The Chemistry B.A. offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue later studies and/or professional emphasis in Biochemistry and Biotechnology along with a strong foundation in the chemical knowledge and skills that are essential to these areas. The following schedule of courses meets the requirements for a B.A. in Chemistry and provides core courses in other disciplines basic to biochemistry and biotechnology. Prerequisites are included in the list below.

Required Chemistry Courses (30 credit hours)

Required Chemistry Electives (9 credit hours)
Minimum of 9 hrs. selected from the following:

*Students anticipating graduate study are advised to select these courses.

Required Supporting Courses (22 24 credit hours)

Other suggested electives important for advanced studies in biochemistry: CHM 4932*, CHM 4070, PCB 3063, PCB 5235, PCB 5525, STA 2023, MCB 3020, MCB 4502, PCB 4253, PCB 5845, EVR 2001.

*Content varies each semester.

BA in Chemistry, emphasis for Health Professions (CHM)

A chemistry core is essential for preparation for medical, dental, veterinarian and other health related professions. The B.A. in Chemistry includes this core as well as the flexibility to incorporate the other science courses required for admission to programs in the health professions. The course of study outlined below incorporates the goals for health related careers. Prerequisites are included in the list below.

Required Chemistry Courses (30 credit hours)

Required Chemistry Electives (9 credit hours)

Required Supporting Courses (22 24 credit hours)

Other suggested electives important for advanced studies in health professional vocations: BSC 2011, PCB 3063, PCB 5235, PCB 5525, STA 2023, MCB 3020, PCB 4723, ZOO 4753, ZOO 3713, MCB 4502, CHM 4932*, PCB 4253, PCB 5845.

*Content varies each semester.

BS in Chemistry (CHS)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is a rigorous program that supplies the foundation in chemistry required for both the student who begins a chemical vocation immediately upon graduation as well as the one who pursues advanced study in chemistry or related areas. In accord with this goal, the curriculum for the B.S. degree in Chemistry meets the requirements for degree certification by the American Chemical Society. Because of the strong base developed in this curriculum, the B.S. in Chemistry also provides entry into other chemistry related advanced studies. Prerequisites are included in the list below.

Required Chemistry Courses (50 credit hours)

Required Supporting Courses (20 23 credit hours)

Required natural science or engin. elective (3-6 hours)

Other suggested chemistry electives: CHM 4970, BCH 3023L, CHM 4070, CHM 4932*.

*Content varies each semester.

Minor in Chemistry

Minimum of 24 total hours. Students apply for a minor when submitting a graduation application (i.e., there is no need to “declare” a minor).

Biomedical Science majors: eight hours of approved Chemistry coursework must be completed at USF.

Required Chemistry Courses (14 credit hours)

Chemistry Electives (Minimum 10 hours)
Choose 10 hours of structured classes, applicable to the major. Chemistry courses used to satisfy a major requirement cannot be used toward a minor in Chemistry.

NOTE: In all laboratory classes the lecture is PR/CR.

*Note: CHM 4932 content varies each semester. Recent topics include: Chemical Archaeology, Applied Spectroscopy, NMR, Toxic Substances, Antibiotics, Analytical Environmental Methods, Chemistry of Materials, Polymer Chemistry, Spectroscopy, & Computer in Chemistry.

Teacher Education Programs

For information concerning the degree programs for secondary school teachers, see College of Education section this Catalog and junior college teachers, see USF Graduate Catalog.


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