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D/F policy for the Departments of Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology & Integrative Biology:

Information concerning the D/F Policy for the Departments of Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology and Integrative Biology, can be found on pages 99 & 100 of the Undergraduate Catalog.

The Departments of Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and Integrative Biology have instituted a policy designed to provide students with the optimal opportunity to progress toward their degree requirements. Beginning in Fall 2009, the following D and/or F grade rules apply for students to continue in all of the following majors:

  • Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
  • Chemistry B.A. - including Biochemistry and Health Professions emphases
  • Chemistry B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (INS)
  • Medical Technology
  • Integrative Animal Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology, and
  • Pre-medical sciences students (PMS) who have not yet declared a major

*Non-Science majors are also subject to the D/F policy


»  I am majoring in one of the degrees listed above. What does this mean for me?

New Students:
All students entering USF for the first time, in Fall 2009 or later, who subsequently earn three (3) D and/or F grades in applicable USF science and math coursework for their major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will be required to change their major to a major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance.

Continuing Students:
All continuing students who entered USF prior to Fall 2009 and who have not earned any D or F grades in applicable USF science and math coursework for their major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) before Fall 2009, will also be redirected after earning three (3) D and/or F grades in subsequent terms. Upon earning the 3rd D and/or F grade, students will be required to choose another major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance.

All continuing students who have earned one (1) or more D and/or F grades in applicable USF science and math coursework for their major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) prior to Fall 2009, will be allowed to count all previous D/F grades as one (1) D/F grade. After Fall 2009, students who earn two (2) additional D/F grades (resulting in three (3) total D/F grades) in subsequent terms will be redirected and required to choose another major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance.


»  Additional conditions of the D/F Policy for all redirected students:

Students who are no longer eligible to continue in their current science majors due to the D/F policy must change their majors to one that is not granted by the Departments of Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology or Integrative Biology.
Grade forgiveness will not exclude a D or F grade from counting towards the D/F policy. The D/F policy does not apply to science lab requirements (ex. CHM 2045L) or pre-requisite courses necessary to take a major requirement (MAC 1147 Pre-calculus).

Once majors in the Department of Chemistry have received three (3) D and/or F grades in USF major and supporting science coursework, they will be removed from all Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology, Integrative Biology, and Chemistry courses for which they are currently registered, removed from their Department of Chemistry major and reclassified under a non-major code. Students will be notified via their official USF email account concerning their ineligibility to continue as a science major, as well as additional information for selecting a new major at USF.

Additionally, once a student has been redirected based on the D/F Policy, they will no longer be permitted to register for courses offered by the Departments of Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology or Integrative Biology on the USF Tampa Campus.


»  I had to change my major because of the D/F Policy. What are the Re-Instatement Procedures for Department of Chemistry majors?

Students who meet the following criteria, and are interested in being re-instated into their science major, will be required to notify the Department of Chemistry:

  • Have submitted an ARC petition for late withdrawals/drops that has been approved by the Academic Regulations Committee and which impacts the D/F policy;
  • and/or
  • Now have less than 3 D/F grades due to a change of grade in one or more major or supporting science courses (such as due to grading error).

To notify the Department of Chemistry that your academic status with regard to the D/F Policy has changed based on one of the above listed criteria, please send an email to: chemadvise@usf.edu

  1. In the subject heading of the email, please indicate “D/F major re-instatement request”
  2. In the body of the email, include your name, U#, major, and reason for re-instatement request.

Requests are reviewed by the Department of Chemistry and you will receive a response to your USF email account once action has been taken.


»  I am not majoring in one of the degrees listed above, what does this mean for me?

Students who are not declared as a science major are also subject to the D/F Policy. Once a non-science major has received three (3) D and/or F grades in applicable USF science and math coursework (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), they will no longer be permitted to register for courses offered by the Departments of Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology or Integrative Biology on the USF Tampa campus.


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