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Biology

Degree Type: B.S.
CIP Code 26.0101
Major Code BIO
Department Code BIO
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/biology/

Mission

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at USF Sarasota-Manatee prepares students for careers in a broad range of scientific fields. It emphasizes critical thinking and communication using an inquiry-based curriculum that directly involves students in the scientific process. Biology majors gain essential background knowledge and skills necessary to understand the conceptual framework of molecular biology, cell biology, organismal biology, ecology, and evolution. The curriculum provides experience in undergraduate research and community engaged learning to ensure the success of our students beyond graduation. As a result, it prepares students well for admission to graduate programs and professional schools.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in three major sub-disciplines of biology: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which biology interrelates with other sciences, disciplines, and society.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in the scientific process through the planning, execution, and interpretation of laboratory or field studies.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the ethical challenges and practices in the biological sciences.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and evaluation of scientific information.
  6. Demonstrate oral and written skills in the assembly and presentation of scientific reports on biological investigations.

Policies

Students pursuing this degree must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CSM. The following policies also apply:

1. To continue in the program, students must earn at least a “C” in all course requirements and prerequisites.
2. A 2.50 GPA in the major is required for graduation.
3. A minimum of thirty (30) credit hours in the major coursework taken at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Course Number Credit Hours
BSC X010/X010L or BSC X010C or BSC X040/X040L BSC 2010/2010L 4
BSC X011/X011L or BSC X011C or BSC X041/X041L or ZOO X010/X010L or BOT X010/X010L or BOT X013/X013L BSC 2011/2011L 4
CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C or (CHM X040 and CHM X041) CHM 2045/2045L 4
CHM X046/X046L or CHM X046C CHM 2046/2046L 4
(CHM X210/X210L and CHM X211/X211L) or (CHM X210C and CHM X211C) or (PHY X053/X053L and PHY X054/X054L) or (PHY X048/X048L and PHY X049/X049L) CHM 2210/2210L and CHM 2211/2211L 8
MAC X311 or MAC X233 or MAC X253 or MAC X281 or MAC X241 MAC 2311 4
MAC X312 or MAC X282 or MAC X234 or STA X023 or STA X024 or STA X321 STA 2023 3

Program of Study

Biology Core Requirements (18 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ENC 3241 Scientific Writing and Presentation 3 PR: ENC 1101, ENC 1102
OR
BSC 3453 Research Methods in Biology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, STA 2023

 

BSC 3848 Scientific Communication 1 To be taken as a co-requisite with first elective lab. May be repeated for credit.
BSC 4938 Biology Capstone 3 Biology Majors must have Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC
PCB 3063 General Genetics 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023; CP: CHM 2210
PHY 2053 General Physics I 3 PR: MAC 1140, MAC 1114 OR MAC 1147; CR: PHY 2053L:  Must be taken concurrently with lab and, if dropped, then dropped simultaneously; may not receive credit for both the PHY 2053 and PHY 2048 courses SMNS
PHY 2053L General Physics I Laboratory 1 CR: PHY 2053; Must be taken concurrently with lab and, if dropped, then dropped simultaneously; may not receive credit for both the PHY 2053 and PHY 2048 courses
PHY 2054 General Physics II 3 PR: PHY 2053, PHY 2053L; CR: PHY 2054L; Must be taken concurrently with lab and, if dropped, then dropped simultaneously.  May not receive credit for both the PHY 2054 and PHY 2049 courses SMNS
PHY 2054L General Physics II Laboratory 1 PR: PHY 2053, PHY 2053L; CR: PHY 2054; Must be taken concurrently with lab and, if dropped, then dropped simultaneously.  May not receive credit for both the PHY 2054 and PHY 2049 courses

Biology Electives (minimum 20 credit hours)

  • Two (2) Ecological/Organismal Biology Electives from the Ecological/Organismal Biology Electives list below (6 credits)
  • Two (2) Molecular/Cellular Biology electives from the Molecular/Cellular Biology Electives list below (6 credits)
  • Two (2) Labs connected to any two (2) Ecology/Organismal or Molecular/Cellular biology electives (2 credits)
  • Two (2) More Biology Electives (Molecular/Cellular, Ecology/Organismal, or Additional Biology) (6 credits)

Molecular/Cellular Biology Electives

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BCH 4033 Advanced Biochemistry I 3 PR: CHM 2211, BSC 2010
CHS 4411 Chemistry and Microbiology of Beer 3 PR: CHM 2045
MCB 3020 General Microbiology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2210, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023; CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712
MCB 3020L General Microbiology Laboratory 1 CR: MCB 3020
MCB 4503 Virology 3 PR: MCB 3020/L or PCB 3063 or PCB 3023
PCB 3063L General Genetics Laboratory 1 CP: PCB 3063
PCB 4024 Molecular Biology of the Cell 3 PR: PCB 3023, PCB 3063, MCB 3410 or CI
PCB 4026 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3 PR: PCB 3023, PCB 3063, MCB 3410 or CI
PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology 3 PR: PCB 3023 or PCB 3063 or MCB 3020 AND CHM 2210, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023; CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712 and CHM 2211
PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023, CR: CHM 2210
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1 PR: PCB 3023
ZOO 4694 Developmental Biology 4 PR: PCB 3023 with at least a grade of “C-“, PCB 3063 with at least a grade of “C-“, CHM 2046 with at least a grade of “C-” or Chemistry with a minimum score of 5
ZOO 4753 Human Histology & Molecular Pathology of Disease 3 PR: PCB 3023, PCB 3063, CHM2210, MAC1105 or higher level MAC or STA2023; CP: CHM 2211
ZOO 4753L Human Histology & Molecular Pathology of Disease Laboratory 1 CR: ZOO 4753

Ecological/Organismal Biology Electives

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BOT 3152C Field Botany 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, MAC 1105 or higher level MAC course or STA 2023
BSC 3312 Marine Biology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course, or STA 2023
BSC 4052 Conservation Biology 3 PR: PCB 3043, BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, Calculus (MAC 2241/2281/2311).
BSC 4937 Seminar in Marine Biology 2 PR: BSC 3312C, CHM 2210, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023; CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712 and CHM 2211
MCB 4202 Ecology of Infectious Diseases 3 PR: MCB 3020 or PCB 3043
MCB 4277 Insect-Borne Diseases and Global Health 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2011 SMCD
PCB 3043 Principles of Ecology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023
PCB 3043L Principles of Ecology Laboratory 1 CP: PCB 3043
PCB 3404 Medicines of the Rainforest 3 PR: CHM 2211 with a grade of C or higher, BSC 2010 with a grade of C or higher SMCD
PCB 3712 General Physiology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023
PCB 3713L General Physiology Laboratory 1 CP: PCB 3712
PCB 4674 Organic Evolution 3 PR: PCB 3063
ZOO 2303 Vertebrate Zoology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L
ZOO 4454 Fish Biology 3 PR: ZOO 3713C or PCB 3712 or BSC 2094C or ZOO 2303; Senior standing
ZOO 4513 Animal Behavior 3 PR: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 AND CHM 2210, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023; CP: CHM 2211

Additional Biology Electives**

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BOT 3850 Medical Botany 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2210, MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023; CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712
BSC 2093C Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045
BSC 2094C Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, BSC 2093C, CHM 2045
BSC 4905 Independent Study 1-3 May be taken by majors for free elective credit; S/U May be used for internship
BSC 4910 Undergraduate Research 1-4 PR: CHM 2210, MAC 1105 or higher MAC course or STA 2023; CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712 or CHM 2211
BSC 4933 Selected Topics in Biology 1-4 None
CHM 4292 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry 3 PR: CHM 2211, BCH 3023
CHM 4932 Selected Topics in Chemistry 1-3 None
PCB 3346C Field Research Experience Abroad-Costa Rica 3 PR: BSC 3453 with a grade of C or higher SMCD

 


 


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Type: B.S.
CIP Code 51.0201
Major Code CSM
Department Code DEA
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/communication-sciences-and-disorders/

Speech-Language Sciences Concentration (SLS)

The B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Speech-Language Sciences (SLS) prepares students for employment as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant or Audiology Assistant in educational or healthcare settings.  More importantly, it prepares students for graduate study and professional certification in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) or Audiology.  Nationwide, acceptance in SLP or Audiology graduate programs is so competitive that students need to have an undergraduate degree in SLS with a high GPA if they wish to pursue these rewarding careers.

Mission

The mission of the CSD/SLS program is to prepare the student for eventual careers in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) or Audiology. This preparation includes the acquisition of foundational concepts of speech, language, and hearing sciences, advancement of critical thinking and communication skills, and understanding of professional conduct and scope of practice at a level appropriate for the position of SLP Assistant or Audiology Assistant.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the methods used in the evaluation of communication disorders and differences: basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. Aligned with ASHA’s KASA standards.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with treatment of communication disorders: knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. Aligned with ASHA’s KASA standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional conduct and scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills by writing clear and persuasive texts that include correctly applied professional language.

Program Description

  • Twelve (12) courses (36 upper-level credit hours) are required for the SLS concentration in CSD
  • The upper-level CSD-SLS curriculum is delivered completely online. Students are responsible for having technology that meets program specifications, and for completing online orientation and advising prior to registration for classes.
  • Students must earn a C or better (not C-) in all CSD-SLS coursework or co-requisite courses taken at USFSM, and they must have an overall 2.50 GPA to graduate.
  • Transfer students who lack all degree prerequisites, may begin the program, taking needed prerequisites in the first term. Second degree seekers may treat prerequisites as graduation requirements.
  • CSD students are allowed only one upper-level grade forgiveness.
  • Students are encouraged to utilize available electives and consider a minor in an area such as Biology, Gerontology, Psychology or General Business.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Course Number Credit Hours
STA XXXX STA 2023 3
BSC XXXX or APK XXXX or ANT 2511 BSC 1005, BSC 2010/L, or BSC 2011/L 3-4
PHY XXXX or CHM XXXX or PSC XXXX CHM 2045/L, PHY 2053/L or PHY 2020  3-4
PSY XXXX or CLP XXXX or DEP XXXX or EXP XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYD XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX or FYC XXXX or FAD XXXX PSY 2012, DEP 2004, or INP 2101 3

 

Program of Study

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders 3 Junior Standing
SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science 3 PR: SPA 3030, SPA 3112; Junior Standing
SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science 3 Junior Standing
SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3 Junior Standing
SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders 3 None
SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing 3 PR: SPA 3030; Junior Standing
SPA 4050 Introduction to the Clinical Process 3 PR: SPA 3004, SPA 3310 6ACM, SMCC
SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy for Speech, Language and Hearing 3 PR: SPA 3101 (highly recommended)
SPA 4510 Intro. to Clinical Methods and Counseling in CSD 3 PR: SPA 3004, SPA 3310
SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation 3 PR: SPA 3310 with a grade of C- or better
SPA 4250 Introduction to Speech Disorders 3 PR: SPA 3101
SPA 4257 Adult Communication Disorders 3 PR: SPA 4104; Junior Standing

 


Psychology

Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 42.0101
Major Code PSY
Department Code PSY
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/psychology/

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Because of this focus, psychology is relevant to many other areas of study both inside and outside of the social and behavioral sciences. The undergraduate program in Psychology offers the student a well-rounded liberal arts education. In addition, the program provides excellent training for qualified students who wish to pursue graduate work in such disciplines as Clinical, Cognitive and Neural Sciences or Industrial Psychology, Education, Gerontology, Counseling, Management, Medicine, Law, and other human service programs. The undergraduate major emphasizes the breadth of psychology while allowing the student some electives to pursue in-depth a particular aspect of the field.

Mission

The curriculum for a Psychology degree from USFSM prepares graduates for the many occupations (e.g., human services, community or public relations, administration, and advertising and market research) and post-graduate degree programs open to Psychology majors. By the time our majors are ready to graduate, they are equipped with two vital skill sets. First, our majors are familiar with numerous factors influencing behavior and mental processes, and the interactions between them. These factors range from physiological processes to socio-cultural influences. Second, our majors have developed the critical thinking skills necessary for the consumption, production, and application of psychological research. These skills include writing and familiarity with how ethics apply to psychological research and practice. Our majors will have the opportunity to take a capstone course that allows them to demonstrate these competencies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and Application: Understand and apply concepts and theories in multiple areas of psychology (e.g. cognitive, perception, physiological, learning, motivation, developmental, abnormal, industrial, social, and personality).
  • Diversity: Recognize the impact of human diversity (gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, culture, age, religion, disabilities) on behavior and mental processes.
  • Ethics: Demonstrate knowledge of professional ethics in the use of research subjects.
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to critically evaluate various research methods and designs by formulating vital questions; gathering relevant articles; identifying their strengths, weaknesses, and implications for psychological inquiry; and developing an integrative conclusion.
  • Communication: Write effectively by producing work in the APA style and standards.

Policies

Students majoring in Psychology must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CSM, as well as the following:

  • To continue in the program, students must have a GPA of at least 2.00 in PSY 2012, PSY 3204, and PSY 3213.
  • Consistent with USF system policy, a total of 42 upper-level credit hours are required of all undergraduate psychology majors.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites for the major in Psychology:

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
 Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
PSY XXXX Or any other lower level Psychology class within the Psychology Inventory (i.e., CLP, DEP, EAB, EXP, INP, PCO, PPE, and PSB prefixes) DEP 2004, INP 2101  3
PSY X012 PSY 2012 3
STA XXXX STA 2023 3
BSC X0XX or BSC X20X or ZOO X010 Biology BSC 1005, BSC 2010/L, or BSC 2011/L 3 or 4

Program of Study

The following 34 upper-level semester hours are required of all undergraduate majors in Psychology although students can elect to take more.

Required Degree Core (13 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)

3000-Level Core Courses

PSY 3204 Psychological Statistics 3 PR: PSY 2012 Should be taken in the first term of upper-level course work. Students are strongly encouraged to take STA 2023 prior to enrolling in PSY 3204.
PSY 3213 Research Methods in Psychology 4 PR: PSY 3204 or STA 2023 or STA 2122 or QMB 2100, with a grade of “C” or better Should be taken in the first term of upper-level coursework,

4000-Level Core Courses

CLP 4433 Psychological Tests and Measurement 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
OR
PSY 4205 Experimental Design and Analysis  3 PR: PSY 3213 with grade of “C” or better
PSY 4938 Pro Seminar 3 PR: PSY 3213; Area I and Area II requirements complete; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; Should be taken as late in program as possible, ideally in the final term.

Courses in Cognitive/Neural Sciences – Students must choose at least two (2) courses from the following (6 credit hours):

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EXP 4204C Perception 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
EXP 4404 Psychology of Learning 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
PSB 4004C Physiological Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
EXP 4304 Motivation 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
EXP 4680C Cognitive Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better

Courses in Social/Applied Psychology – Students should choose at least two (2) courses from the following (6 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
INP 4004 Industrial Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better SMLE
SOP 4004 Social Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
DEP 4053 Developmental Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
PPE 4003 Personality 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better

Required Electives (9 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
DEP 4135 Psychology of Language Development 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better
PSB 3444 Drugs and Behavior 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None
SOP 4751 Psychology Applied to Law 3 PR: PSY 3213
PSB 3842 Sleep and Dreams 3 None
EXP 4640 Psychology of Language 3 PR: PSY 3213
SOP 4777 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 PR: PSY 2012, PSY 3204, STA 2122 and a General Biology course USFSM considers STA 2023 to be equivalent to STA 2122
PSY 4931 Selected Topics: Seminar 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; Junior or Senior Standing, Psychology Majors only May be repeated with different titles
PSY 4913 Directed Study 1-3 PR: PSY 3213 No more than three (3) credits may be applied toward the major

Electives and Minors

The requirements for the Psychology degree allow for electives outside the major. Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies. Students may elect to pursue any minor; however, the following minors at USFSM would well complement a Psychology degree:  Applied Statistics, Biology, Criminology, Gerontology, Leadership Studies, or Sociology.

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