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 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.
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
PCB 4679 Biology Capstone Course: Evolution 3 PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L; Biology Majors must have Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC
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
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
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