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Admission Requirements

Admission to the CSM is open to students who have been accepted to the USFSM and who declare a major in one of its disciplines. Undergraduate students must submit a formal declaration of major to the college. This occurs during orientation and advising for new students.


 


General Requirements

Unless otherwise stipulated below, students in CSM majors must meet all graduation requirements of USFSM. In addition, CSM majors must meet the following requirements of the college.

  1. Only courses earning credit at or above the minimum grade requirement are credited toward the degree.  Any course in which the grade earned is below the program requirement must be retaken; however, the original grade will still affect the GPA unless it is retaken under the grade-forgiveness allowance.
  2. Students may use only one directed-study/-research/-readings course (for a maximum of 4 credits) for elective credit in the major; additional directed-study credit may be applied to hours outside the major.  Directed-study/-research/-readings courses require a professor’s approval.
  3. No S/U credit can be applied to the major, unless S/U is the only grading option.  A maximum of twenty (20) S/U credits are allowed.  Requests for S/U grading must be approved by the professor and submitted to the dean by the end of week three of the term. All work for S/U credit is graded.
  4. Students should take all “core” courses in the major at USFSM unless they have been accepted as transfer credit upon admittance.
  5. Students are encouraged to use credits outside the major to pursue a minor that will be recorded on the transcript. In most cases, minors are composed of 5-6 courses (15-18 credit hours).
  6. The CSM will accept major coursework completed at USFSM or at other accredited institutions as follows:
    1. Courses completed in the past five (5) years are accepted.
    2. Courses completed over five (5), but less than ten (10), years ago must have approval of the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics or designee.
    3. Courses completed ten (10) years ago or longer may only be counted towards general elective credit and only with approval of the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics or designee.

Graduation Requirements

Unless otherwise stipulated below, students in CSM majors must meet all graduation requirements of USFSM. In addition, CSM majors must meet the following requirements of the college.

  1. Unless otherwise stipulated below, students must earn at least a C (not C-) in all course requirements of the major or concentration within a major, minors and certificates.
  2. At least 50% of the major coursework must be completed at USFSM.
  3. For B.A. degrees, students must complete the Foreign Language Exit Requirement by passing or exempting the first two (2)  4 or 5-credit hour courses of a foreign language.

Minor Policies

Majors in the CSM Department of Science and Mathematics are designed to accommodate pursuit of a minor as well. Students with both a major and a minor have a competitive advantage when they graduate.
Policies
1. Students pursuing a minor must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CSM.
2. A minimum of three (3) three-credit courses or two (2) four-credit courses (8-9 credits) of the minor must be completed at USFSM.
3. Only graded credit will be counted for transfer.
4. Requests for transfer of credit must be made in writing when declaring a minor.
5. Course equivalencies need approval from the College Dean.

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