Degree Type: B.S.
CIP Code 26.0101
Major Code BIO
Department Code BIO
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/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 CAS. The following policies also apply:

1. To continue in the program, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 in BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, and BSC 2011L.
2. A 2.5 GPA in the major is required for graduation.
3. A minimum of 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 (30 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
BSC 3453 Research Methods in Biology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, STA 2023  
PHY 2053 General Physics I 3 PR: (MAC 1140 and MAC 1114) or MAC 1147  
PHY 2053L General Physics I Laboratory 1 None  
PHY 2054 General Physics II 3 PR: PHY 2053, PHY 2053L  
PHY 2054L General Physics II Laboratory 1 PR: PHY 2053, PHY 2053L  
PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L and CHM 2045, CHM 2046 and (MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023), CP: CHM 2210  
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1 PR: PCB 3023  
PCB 3043 Principles of Ecology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, and (MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023)  
PCB 3043L Principles of Ecology Laboratory 1 PR: PCB 3043  
PCB 3063 General Genetics 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, and (MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023); CP: CHM 2210  
PCB 3063L General Genetics Laboratory 1 PR: PCB 3063  
PCB 3712 General Physiology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, and (MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023)  
PCB 3713L General Physiology Laboratory 1 PR: PCB 3712  
PCB 4679 Biology Capstone Course: Evolution 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L  

Biology Electives (minimum 12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
BCH 4033 Advanced Biochemistry I 3 PR: CHM 2211 and BSC 2010  
BOT 3152C Field Botany 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046 and (MAC 1105 or higher level MAC course or STA 2023); CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712  
BOT 3850 Medical Botany 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2210, and (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, and CHM 2045
BSC 2094C Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, BSC 2093C, and CHM 2045
BSC 3312 Marine Biology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, and (MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course, or STA 2023); CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712  
BSC 4052 Conservation Biology 3 PR: PCB 3043, BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046 and Calculus (MAC 2241/2281/2311).  
BSC 4057  Environmental Issues 3 None
BSC 4905 Independent Study 1-3 None  May be used for internship
BSC 4910 Undergraduate Research 1-4 PR: CHM 2210 and (MAC 1105 or higher MAC course or STA 2023)  
BSC 4933 Selected Topics in Biology 1-4 None  
BSC 4937 Seminar in Marine Biology 2 PR: BSC 3312C, CHM 2210 and (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 3020 General Microbiology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, and CHM 2210 and 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 4202 Ecology of Infectious Diseases 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, and MCB 3020 or PCB 3043  
MCB 4277 Insect-Borne Diseases and Global Health 3 PR: BSC 2010 and BSC 2011
PCB 4024 Molecular Biology of the Cell 3 PR: PCB 3023, PCB 3063  
PCB 4026 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3 PR: PCB 3023, PCB 3063  
PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology 3 PR: (PCB 3023 or PCB 3063 or MCB 3020) and CHM 2210 and (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  
ZOO 2303 Vertebrate Zoology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L  
ZOO 4454 Fish Biology 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, and (ZOO 3713C or PCB 3712 or BSC 2093C or ZOO 2303)  
ZOO 4513 Animal Behavior 3 PR: (PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063) and CHM 2210 and (MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023); CP: CHM 2211  
ZOO 4694 Developmental Biology 4 PR: PCB 3023, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, BSC 2010, BSC 2010L CHM 2045, and CHM 2046  
ZOO 4753 Human Histology & Molecular Pathology of Disease 3 PR: PCB 3023, PCB 3063, CHM2210 and MAC1105 or higher level MAC or STA2023; CP: CHM 2211  
ZOO 4753L Human Histology and Molecular Pathology of Disease Laboratory 1 CR: ZOO 4753