Africana Studies

An Undergraduate major in Africana Studies provides students with an understanding of the experiences of peoples of African descent on the continent of Africa and in the Diaspora (especially the United States and the Caribbean) and their contributions to human civilization. Like all graduates in Humanities and Social Science disciplines, Africana Studies graduates pursue a wide range of careers that include, but are not limited to, business, human services, law, mass media, government, and education. Whether you are an Africana Studies major or minor, the Africana Studies Department offers courses which prepare you to meet the challenges of a demographically dynamic world and help you to develop analytical skills, and appreciation of human and cultural diversity, that are highly valued in the job market.



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American Studies

The Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies is a place for adventurous students who want to understand the complex interconnections between the arts, social structures, and history. Interdisciplinary and global in scope, our courses provide students with opportunities for detailed cultural analysis in a broad historical and intellectual context. The American Studies major is designed for students who seek to understand the cultural patterns, beliefs, and values that have unified and sometimes divided Americans. American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the diversity of American people and institutions; the importance of gender, race, ethnicity and social class; the material and technological foundations of American society; the development of distinctive regions within the United States; and creative expression in art, architecture, film, literature, music and photography.

We welcome students who are dedicated, open-minded, and willing to work across traditional academic disciplines.



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Anthropology

Anthropologists work on projects ranging from the study of human ancestors from ancient civilizations, tribal groups living in the Amazon, and modern cities. The Department of Anthropology is concerned with applying anthropological knowledge, theory, and method to problems of contemporary society. Illustrative areas of activity include human services needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, public archaeology, social and environmental impact assessment, and public policy analysis. Anthropology aims at comprehending people as biological and social beings. It is concerned with all forms of people through time and space. One consequence of this broad-ranging view is the presence within anthropology of four branches:

  •        Biological anthropology
  •        Archaeology
  •        Cultural anthropology
  •        Linguistics

A bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida signifies that you have a solid liberal arts background with an awareness and understanding of ethnic and cultural differences which is an edge on many careers and jobs in today's globally competitive world.



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Biomedical Science

Our Biomedical Sciences degree is the largest undergraduate degree program within the College of Arts & Sciences and serves as a gateway into many professional programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Physical Therapy. Required courses included Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics. This degree provides the flexibility to choose advanced level science course based on your academic and professional interests.



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Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry awards two degrees at the baccalaureate level:

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
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 students 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. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry degree also has the option of selecting an emphasis in Biochemistry as described below.

To learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at the University of South Florida please visit: http://chemistry.usf.edu/undergraduate/degree/ba/

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry - Emphasis in Biochemistry The Biochemistry emphasis option offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue later studies and/or professional emphasis in Biochemistry along with a strong foundation in the chemical knowledge and skills that are essential to these areas.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides a firm foundation in all five disciplines of chemistry: organic, physical chemistry, inorganic, analytical and biochemistry. This degree is applicable for the student who begins a chemical vocation immediately upon graduation as well as the one who pursues advanced study in chemistry or related areas. The curriculum for the B.S. degree in Chemistry meets the requirements for degree certification by the American Chemical Society.



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Classics

History often repeats itself.  To understand the present, it is helpful to look to the past. The study of Classics embraces the history, politics, language, religion, economics, literature, law, mythology, philosophy, science, art and architecture, daily life of ancient Greece and Rome.  The Major program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree offered in Classics is designed to meet the needs of students who desire competence in Latin and/or Greek and a broad understanding of ancient culture and literature. The major is of particular interest to students who wish to teach the languages, to those who plan graduate study in a humanistic discipline, and to those who want an undergraduate major which focuses on the ancient civilizations which are the cornerstone of the Western tradition. The major in Classical Civilization is a liberal arts degree and is therefore excellent preparation for professional schools.

This interdisciplinary approach offers students their choice of a remarkably wide range of careers after they leave the University of South Florida including:

        Art Critic

        Curator

        Antique Dealer

        Historian



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Communication

Communication focuses on the concepts, theories, and practice of human communication. Students apply their understanding of communication research and principles to personal, professional, and community relationships and concerns.

Students choose one of six concentrations to focus their program of study. The six concentration options include: Culture and Media, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, Public Advocacy, and Relational Communication.



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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders is a discipline that focuses on the on understanding the processes of normal speech, language, and hearing, as well as assessing, diagnosing, and treating those with communicative disorders. The curriculum enables students to develop the essential knowledge of communicative disorders based on scientific principles, skills, and approaches required for working with persons with a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems of all ages.

The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers three curriculum concentrations that lead to the B.A. degree:

1) The undergraduate concentration in Speech-Language-Hearing Science (LSH) provides pre-professional study that prepares the student for Master's level preparation in Speech-Language Pathology, or Deaf Education, or for entry into the clinical Doctor of Audiology degree (AuD).

2) The undergraduate curriculum in the Deaf Studies (DST) concentration focuses on the study of deaf culture through the development of communicative proficiency in ASL and prepares the individual to work with the deaf in a variety of social service settings.

 3) The Interpreter Training undergraduate curriculum prepares individuals to work in educational setting with students who require assistance with educational skills due to their hearing impairment or deafness.

Examples of potential careers include:

  •        Audiologist
  •        Speech Clinician
  •        Speech - Language Educator
  •        Hearing and Speech Scientist
  •        Speech-Language Pathologist
  •        Interpreter for the Deaf
  •        Teacher of Deaf and Hearing Impaired
  •        Speech Assistant (B.A. degree only)
  •        Audiology Assistant


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Criminology

The U.S. Department of Labor lists the fields of law enforcement and corrections among the top 25 fastest growing occupations in the United States. Criminology is an interdisciplinary field of study within the social sciences that focuses on the study of crime and crime control by integrating theory, research, policy and practice. The major in Criminology provides students with an in-depth exposure to the total criminal justice system including law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, and probation and parole. The program concentrates on achieving balance in the above aspects of the system from the perspectives of the criminal justice professional, the offender, and society.

Graduates of the program are prepared for a variety of careers including:

  •          Research and Planning 
  •          Juvenile Justice 
  •          Law Enforcement 
  •          Law
  •          Courts and the Judiciary 
  •          Correction
  •          Probation and Parole
  •          Victim and Offender Counseling/Treatment
  •          Private Security/Loss Prevention 


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Economics

What strategies can a company use to increase the demand of their product? At which price should a company sell their product? How can you predict the behavior of buyers? Which manufacturing company should you choose? These are some examples of the questions that an economist tries to answer.

Economics is the study of how society produces, distributes, and consumes resources and services. Its lessons can be applied to all business and social science disciplines. The curriculum offers a clear and logical way of thinking about complicated issues such as unemployment, inflation, pollution, and crime. The department offers broad course choices allowing students to tailor their programs to provide training for professional careers in business, teaching, government, and law.

The undergraduate program in Economics is unique in that it is offered through both the College of Business Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences. A five-year Bachelor/Master Degree option is available through both colleges.



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English

A degree in English prepares students for any field that values critical thinking, advanced reading comprehension, clear and effective writing, and the ability to interpret and analyze information. Our distinguished faculty teach intellectually engaging courses in literary studies, creative writing, and technical communication. All three of these programs include a study of English and American literature. English majors are also trained to use modern critical methodologies, from formalism and feminist theory to postcolonialism and cultural studies. The literature program uses the study of English and American literature as the vehicle for the exploration of culture, written expression, and the human condition; the curriculum provides a solid foundation in literary history and critical theory. The creative writing program considers writing as a craft; creative writing majors are trained to write in all genres, from poetry to fiction. The program in technical communication and new media offers courses in rhetorical theory, composition, and new media, and trains students to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields, from government and business to medicine. All three of our programs prepare students for careers in education, business, writing and editing, publishing, information technology, advertising, media, and law.



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Environmental Science and Policy

The undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Policy (ESP) is a Bachelor of Science degree. This unique interdisciplinary program incorporates courses from various colleges across the University. Although there are courses in the core of ESP, the degree also offers students the opportunity to choose an area of concentration.

The curriculum has two sub concentrations, one in environmental science and one in environmental policy. Students in both concentrations take supporting courses in physical and natural science, statistics, policy, and ethics. In addition, students select electives to strengthen their knowledge within their concentration. Seniors complete a research project or perform an internship in one of a variety of government agencies or private companies.



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French

Foreign Language major programs are designed to meet the needs of students who desire competency in a language and an expanded understanding of its culture and literature. They are of particular interest to students who wish to teach languages, those who plan to further their studies in graduate school, and those who seek careers in various types of foreign or foreign-related employment, either in government or business.



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Geography

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography undergraduate program offers a variety of courses in aspects of both physical and human geography. The program consists of 11 courses (41 hours total), seven of which are core courses required of all majors. Students choose any four supporting geography courses for their remaining credits. The major offers applied and techniques orientations for students, which is stressed through coursework, advising, and through the core course structure for the major.

Human geography courses focus on the social and spatial effects of the growth of cities, including issues such as the historical evolution of urban form and function, land-use changes and conflicts, economic restructuring, the growth and decline of inner-cities, and urban racial and ethnic relations.

Physical geography courses focus on major environmental systems including the hydrosphere, atmosphere, pedosphere, and biosphere. Particular emphasis is placed on the human modification of the natural environment and the global interconnections of the major earth systems.



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Geology

USF is a major center for environmental geology. USF is the only university that has been designated as one of the five National Centers for Water Treatment Technologies in the country. These centers are sponsored by the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) and the U.S. Dept. of Interior?s Bureau of Reclamation.

Our research encompasses hydrogeology, paleoenvironments, environmental geophysics, geochemistry/petrology, coastal processes, and natural hazard reduction. Geology is one of the broadest of all sciences because of its dependence on fundamentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics as applied to the study of the earth. As a result, undergraduate students are expected to obtain a broad background in the other sciences as well as a concentration in geology.

The Department of Geology offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Bachelor of Science degree program provides the student with a hands-on foundation in the fundamentals of the geosciences. The Bachelor of Arts program is designed primarily for the liberal arts student who has an interest in the subject but who is not preparing for a career in the field, or for the pre-professional school student. A student who elects the B.A. program and decides to pursue the geology profession or attend graduate school will need at least physics and field geology in his/her program.



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German

Learning how to communicate in German and studying the culture of German-speaking regions is interesting and fun. We have a great program here at USF with a variety of classes (language, film, literature, linguistics, and culture), a close-knit community of language learners and instructors who meet regularly, and we frequently organize German-themes cultural events (e.g. Oktoberfest, Fasching, Stammtisch, etc.).

Studying German is an excellent choice that will advance your career after graduation. German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and has over 100 million native speakers around the world. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, and South Tyrol in Italy. German is also a minority language in Denmark, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. German is spoken as a foreign language by approximately 55 million Europeans. Around the world German is the third most taught foreign language. German and English both belong linguistically to the branch of Germanic languages and are therefore "sister languages" with similar vocabulary and grammatical structures. This makes it easier for an English native speaker to learn German.

Germany has been called the land of "poets and thinkers" (the German-speaking writers Elfriede Jelineck, Günter Grass, and Herta Müller are all recent Nobel Prize winners), but it is also one of the world leaders in science and technology, as well as an economic powerhouse. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. There are plenty of career opportunities for German-speaking Americans with German companies. 66 German companies have operations right here in the Tampa Bay region, making Germany the area's third largest investor nation.



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Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of the process of human aging in all its many aspects: physical, psychological, and social. Because of tremendous growth in the older adult population in Florida and the nation, there are numerous employment opportunities for students graduating with a degree in Gerontology. These opportunities include Mental Health Centers, Federal, State and Regional Agencies and Offices in Aging, Community Service Administration, Social Work, Nursing Homes and Senior Centers, and Teaching or Research at Colleges and Universities.

The University of South Florida Department of Gerontology, established in 1967, is one of the nation's oldest degree-awarding programs in Gerontology. The Department offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology, Bachelor of Science in Gerontology, a minor in Gerontology, and Master of Arts in Gerontology. The Department of Gerontology also hosts the university-wide Ph.D. in Aging Studies, and offers 3 certificates in Gerontology.



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Health Professions (Pre-Health)

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs designed to prepare students for admission to professional schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy. Most of these professions require four years of pre-professional preparation followed by four years of training in a professional school. A few well-prepared students with exceptional qualifications may be admitted to some professional schools as early as the completion of the junior year of pre-professional work. The preprofessional programs do not meet requirements for a degree; therefore, students must choose a major in addition to fulfilling their pre-professional requirements. Most pre-professional students major in the sciences because of their interests in the health sciences, and because of the considerable overlap between the pre-professional curriculum and the degree requirements for majors in the biology and chemistry departments. Entrance into all professional schools or programs is competitive, and students should begin establishing a record of excellence with the first semester at USF. Furthermore, it is essential that students pursue courses developing a sense of understanding of cultural and humane values as well as basic social problems. Students should also have some clinical and/or volunteer experience related to the medical field.

All Biology and Microbiology majors interested in health professions will be advised in the Department of Biology.  All Biomedical Science, Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Medical Technology majors will be advised for all aspects of the health professions by the Department of Chemistry. All students who have not declared a major, or who declare a major not listed above will receive academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences Office, BEH 201.



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Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences provides a combination of hard sciences, social sciences and humanities that will prepare students for a career in allied health professions. Students have a wide-range of concentrations to choose from so they can customize their education based on their interests.

This program will expose students to a variety of career opportunities such as pharmaceutical sales, clinical lab management, hospital administration and health information technology. This program is not appropriate for those who are interested in attending medical, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary schools.



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History

History is an essential part of civilized life, its value is simply a basic fact of human experience.  Since the dawn of historical awareness people have been captivated with history because it recorded the actions of great people. More practical reasons for the study of history in our time include its  significance as the basis for society's sense of direction and purpose, its promise to assist in one's efforts of personal cultivation and its potential to help us shape and understand our future.

Studying History is embracing a world of ideas, peoples, and events both past and present. Majoring in history at the University of South Florida offers the student the opportunity to explore civilizations from around the globe and from the ancient through contemporary eras.

Majoring in History provides students with a liberal arts background that is valuable to various career choices including

  •                    Law
  •                     Education
  •                     Government
  •                     Business & Industry


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Humanities

The Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies is a place for adventurous students who want to understand the complex interconnections between the arts, social structures, and history. Interdisciplinary and global in scope, our courses provide students with opportunities for detailed cultural analysis in a broad historical and intellectual context. The Humanities major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that investigates the visual arts, music, and literature, and the cultures from which they emerge.

We also offer a Film & New Media Studies track within the Humanities B.A., a Certificate in Film Studies, and a Certificate in Food Studies.

We welcome students who are dedicated, open-minded, and willing to work across traditional academic disciplines.



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Information Studies

USF offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Studies program which integrates a strong foundation in information technology as well as an understanding of human, organizational, policy and other issues. The goal is to prepare students for leadership careers in a wide array of environments and contexts related to the emerging knowledge economy in Florida and beyond, from e-commerce, to leading IT teams, or as preparation for advanced careers in information architecture, health informatics or other areas. While the degree necessarily provides students with in-depth technical knowledge and skills, emphasis is given to understanding how people interact with information and technology, and other complexities of the information society.



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Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations

An understanding of Ancient Greek and Roman culture is the basis for understanding our own. This major is a broad-based study of literature, religion, philosophy, etc., that has influenced and shaped the modern world. Foreign language study in either Greek or Latin is required.



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Interdisciplinary Natural Science

The Interdisciplinary Natural Science degrees serve the academic and career goals of undergraduate students who seek a broad education in the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geology).



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Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Social Science program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary integration of the social sciences for students who are interested in a broad educational experience. The Interdisciplinary Social Science program offers a wide choice of courses, and an opportunity to design a quality program geared toward individual needs and interests. Students plan their program in ongoing consultation with the advisor who approves each individual curriculum contract.



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International Studies

International Studies provides an excellent preparation for post-graduate studies for students intested in law, government, and teaching. It also provides a foundation for various career choices such as foreign service, military, international business and trade, non-profit organizations, etc. 

In today's world, knowledge on a global level is fundamental for those who seek careers in the international arena, public service and politics. Indeed, no one can ignore the issues that affect all of us.  Knowledge of global affairs, especially with knowledge of foreign languages, is increasingly in demand in all segments of society. 



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Italian

Foreign Language major programs are designed to meet the needs of students who desire competency in a language and an expanded understanding of its culture and literature. They are of particular interest to students who wish to teach languages, those who plan to further their studies in graduate school, and those who seek careers in various types of foreign or foreign-related employment, either in government or business.



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Mass Communications

The School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida is housed in modern facilities located in Florida?s largest media market--the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. School students have been honored in numerous state, regional and national competitions, and graduates hold key positions with major advertising, public relations, print and electronic media organizations throughout the United States.

The school's program introduces students to the theories, principles and problems of mass communications--emphasizing the concept of freedom of information as the cornerstone of constitutional democracy--and prepares students for future leadership roles in communications media. To accomplish this, the school offers four academic sequences of study for undergraduate mass communications majors: advertising, journalism (with magazine, news-editorial and visual communications options), public relations and telecommunications (with news and production options). Each course of study offers a balanced mixture of basic and advanced laboratory and lecture courses. Laboratory courses sharpen students' skills while lecture courses enable students to view the profession from a variety of perspectives.

The school, which is approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, is committed to academic excellence and its standards reflect the highest professional and educational values. Only 25 percent of the 500 mass communications programs in the United States are accredited by ACEJMC.

The School of Mass Communications has the latest electronic information gathering and editing equipment and hosts chapters of the Advertising Club (an affiliate of the American Advertising Federation), Kappa Tau Alpha (the national mass communications honorary society), the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Radio-Television News Directors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.



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Mathematics

Does a negative x a negative ever equal a positive in real life?  Do you know what PEMDAS is an acronym for?  What is the probability that someone in your classroom has the same birthday as you?  How is mathematics used in art?  How did you graduate with a 3.26 GPA? 

The Department of Mathematics offers a diversity of courses designed not only to enable the student to pursue a profession in mathematics itself, but also to enhance the student's competence in the fields of engineering, the physical sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences. The department offers programs leading to the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The undergraduate program emphasizes the broad nature of modern mathematics and its close associations with the real world. The program is designed to prepare students for entry into graduate school or careers in industry or secondary education.

The Department of Mathematics consists of faculty, whose areas of interest include: algebra, applied mathematics, approximation theory, celestial mechanics, complex analysis, dynamical systems, functional anal-ysis, graph theory, logic, number theory, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, potential theory, probability theory, real analysis, statistics, theoretical computer science, and topology.



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Medical Technology

Medical technologists, or clinical laboratory scientists, analyze human blood, tissues, and bodily fluids, or supervise the performance of thousands of types of medical laboratory tests using a wide variety of precision instruments.

The University of South Florida offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. The first three years are completed on campus; the fourth year (12 months) is completed at one of three affiliated hospitals in Florida.

USF's affiliations with area hospitals include: Tampa General, Bayfront Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Medical Center .

Admission to the fourth year is limited by the number of openings in affiliated hospitals and, at the present time, is competitive. Selection for the clinical program is made by the hospitals and students not admitted to a clinical program may need to select an alternative degree. Generally hospitals require a minimum GPA of 2.7.



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Microbiology and Biology

How can the human body be better prepared to fight against infectious diseases? What are the differences between various viruses, bacteria, protozoan, algae, and fungi? How is pollution affecting the environment?  How do microorganisms impact/affect nutrient cycles? A microbiologist attempts to answer questions like these, as well as any questions that deal with matter on a micro scale. Students that major in biology study the relationship between living organisms and their environment. Research in biology continues to provide the building blocks necessary to develop solutions to environmental and human health problems.

A modern biology curriculum is built on a foundation of mathematics, chemistry and physics. Strong collaboration with the College of Medicine, as well as, the Chemistry department, and Florida Blood Services permit true interdisciplinary research with outstanding facilities.  In addition to a set of courses in biology, students have the opportunity to receive a thorough preparation in other areas of natural sciences to be competitive for jobs or for further study beyond the baccalaureate. Two specific Bachelor of Science degrees, Biology and Microbiology, are available for students interested in the biological sciences. The B.S. in Biology allows students to concentrate in such areas as Ecology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Physiology, and Marine Biology. The degree is preparatory for careers in such areas as teaching, agriculture, medicine, dentistry, conservation, and biotechnology, or for post-baccalaureate study in the various life sciences. The B.S. in Microbiology provides students with the broad range of courses necessary to qualify for certification by the National Registry of Microbiologists, American Society of Microbiology, and employment in microbiology and related fields.



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Philosophy

What is good? What is real? Does the state have the right to limit the freedom of expression? Does God Exist? What is our responsibility to the environment? What is truth? What is democracy and how can it be justified? What is knowledge and can it be measured? Is it right to clone a human being? The questions are of great importance to the human race and significant to many fields of study and professions.  Majoring in philosophy serves to develop a student's intellectual and analytical abilities essential for life as a whole, beyond the focus required for any one particular profession.

The broad scope of intellectual curiosity and interdisciplinary nature set the philosophy major apart from many other undergraduate major programs. Graduates go on to find careers in a variety of fields including:

  •   Law
  •   Medicine
  •   Journalism
  •   Teaching
  •   Civil Service
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Physics

Will humans ever be able to travel at the speed of light? What is the difference between zero degrees and absolute zero degrees? What is the mass of a photon? What is the Casimir Effect? Why are certain things magnetic? 

The Department of Physics offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. program is designed for students interested in a more general education in physics. The curriculum allows enough flexibility in electives to enable students to combine a physics major with another major in such areas as mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, business, and teacher education. The B.S. program is for students planning to pursue graduate studies in physics, applied science or engineering. For those students who desire additional capabilities in physics beyond the General Physics sequence, they may pursue a Minor in Physics.



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Political Science
The Political Science major looks into the study of the nature of government, politics and administration at the local, national and international levels. The major in Political Science offers students American government, state and local politics, political theory, and public policy courses. Students who are interested in going to law school will also find law related courses in constitutional law and the judicial process. After earning your degree in Political Science, you will be prepared to work in a wide range of professional settings including:
  • Foreign Service
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Non-governmental Organizations


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Pre-Law

The Political Science Program offers a pre-law plan designed for the undergraduate students who are considering a career related to law (Courses on Law and Politics are listed under Field VII of the Political Science undergraduate curriculum). The courses making up the field are of particular interest to law-oriented students, but may be taken by others as well. Majors are required to complete courses that can help them develop necessary skills to study law. Students receive the skills and information needed for entry into a number of law-related positions in business and government. Please see the departmental pre-law advisor to obtain more information about the pre-law plan.

Prior to admission to law school, a student must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), as given by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey.

The Law School Admission Test is given simultaneously several times each year at the University of South Florida and numerous other testing centers throughout the state. Students should plan to take the test at least one year prior to planned enrollment in law school. Additional information is available from the Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida.



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Psychology

Psychology is 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. Interested undergraduate majors may apply for admission to the Honors Program.



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Religious Studies

The World is currently changing, in great part through the influence of religion. In Religious Studies, students are exposed to a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary study of the way in which both individuals and civilizations are deeply influenced by human religious experience. The goal is to enable the educated person to understand better the various ways in which religious values and institutions shape human behavior through a comparative study of religions and cultures. Such an education is invaluable for careers as diverse as journalism, law, medicine, business, as well as careers more directly related to the practice of religion. Majors in Religious Studies will also find courses such as Introduction to World Religions, The Development of Religious Studies, and a Senior Seminar designed to give them the methodological, theoretical and linguistic skills needed to go on to advanced graduate study in the field.



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Russian

Foreign Language major programs are designed to meet the needs of students who desire competency in a language and an expanded understanding of its culture and literature. They are of particular interest to students who wish to teach languages, those who plan to further their studies in graduate school, and those who seek careers in various types of foreign or foreign-related employment, either in government or business.



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Social Work

The University of South Florida offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree in the School of Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences. This program has been developed in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work education programs, and in accordance with the recommendations of the National Association of Social Workers. The B.S.W. program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The primary objective of the B.S.W. program is the preparation of the graduate for beginning level professional practice as a social work generalist.

The secondary objectives of the B.S.W. program are to

  1. Provide for the social work human resources needs of the university service district (the central Florida west coast area), the State of Florida, and the Southeast Region;
  2. Prepare graduates for additional professional training at the graduate level in social work or in related human service professions;
  3. Provide an exposure to social work as a profession and to contemporary issues in the social welfare field.

In preparing the B.S.W. graduate for beginning professional practice, the curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to develop a knowledge base and skill base as a "generalist" practitioner. The student will develop an understanding of various methods of intervention and skills in their application to a variety of client systems. For example, interventive methods may take the form of individual and group counseling, resource development, consultation, teaching, advocacy, etc. Client systems may be individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities. The student will develop an understanding of the dynamics of human behavior in individual, group and organizational contexts and the influences of the sociocultural environment upon those behaviors. The student will learn about the development of social welfare systems and institutions and the social, economic, and political processes affecting policy development and program implementation. The student will develop an understanding of the utilization of basic social research skills particularly related to the processes of problem-solving, planning, and evaluation.

The student will also become aware of the value base of the profession and engage in a self-examination process as it relates to the development and reflection of ethical and effective professional practice. The B.S.W. program, as any professional program, places great emphasis on the development of a professionally responsible graduate in terms of one's obligations to the client system served, the profession itself, the organization in which one works, and to the general public which ultimately provides any profession with legitimacy.



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Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social organization. How people learn the rules of their society, deviance, ethnic diversity, aging, health and illness, self in society, and social change. The courses are designed to provide students with a greater understanding and insight into the social systems and processes that affect our everyday lives.  The five major social systems are:

           
  1. Family
  2. Education
  3. Religion
  4. Economic institutions
  5. Political institutions

The Sociology major is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts education and a greater understanding and insight into the social systems and processes that bear upon everyday lives. Opportunities for students with Bachelor's degrees in Sociology are quite varied. Some go on to work for human service agencies; others work in personnel, criminal justice, and urban planning; others enter graduate programs in sociology, education, law, medicine, or social work. Toward these ends, all students are encouraged to become skilled in the use of computers and libraries.



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Spanish

Foreign Language major programs are designed to meet the needs of students who desire competency in a language and an expanded understanding of its culture and literature. They are of particular interest to students who wish to teach languages, those who plan to further their studies in graduate school, and those who seek careers in various types of foreign or foreign-related employment, either in government or business.



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Women's Studies

Women's Studies at the University of South Florida offers an interdisciplinary field of study that features and critically examines new knowledge on women's experiences, taking into consideration historical, cultural, racial, class, and social constructs.

The department offers a B.A., a minor in Women's Studies, as well as enhancing knowledge about feminisms and gender studies through teaching, emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity, the department focuses on critical thinking, collaborative learning, and personal empowerment.

Women's Studies offers excellent undergraduate preparation as well for

  • Those who wish to apply to law school or to graduate study in a variety of fields, e.g., Urban or Medical Anthropology, Counselor Education, Criminal Justice, Gerontology, History, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Women's Studies
  • Those who want to focus on women in specific disciplines or professions; and
  • Those whose training would benefit from a close scrutiny of the major issues facing women today.



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