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Majors & Minors

How do I declare my major?
To declare a major in the Chemistry Department (BMS/MET/CHM/CHS/INS) please go through the College of Arts and Sciences website.

I want to change my major, what do I do?
It is NOT required that you make an appointment or see a chemistry advisor before declaring your new major. To change your major within the College of Arts and Sciences or to add a second major within the College of Arts and Science, go to http://www.cas.usf.edu/declare.

Please keep in mind that you will want to make an appointment with the department that houses the new major you are declaring. (Example: If you are switching from Biomedical Sciences to Biology, you will make an appointment with a Biology advisor for questions about the new major.)

Should I choose a minor?
While minors are not required, many departments offer an academic minor that requires approximately one-half of the upper-level credits required for a major. Students interested in a particular minor should obtain the specific requirements from the department that offers the minor. Sometimes minors help students when they need additional upper-level hours that are not science courses to balance their schedule.

Minors that require a declaration/application:
Languages - World Languages Department
Business - College of Business
Fine Arts Theatre minor, Dance minor, Art History minor - College of Visual and Performing Arts
Mass Communication - College of Arts and Sciences
Criminology - College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

Minors that are popular with Pre-health professions students:
Public Health - College of Public Health
Business - College of Business
Psychology - Department of Psychology
Behavioral Healthcare - Florida Mental Health Institute at USF

*Note: You cannot major and minor in the same department, i.e., it is not possible to major in BMS and minor in Chemistry.

How do I declare a double major or dual degree?
If you are interested in double majoring between two Colleges (i.e. Chemical Engineering & Mathematics or Accounting & Public Relations, etc.), please complete the Double Major or Dual Degree Declaration Form and turn it in to SVC 2002. A student at USF may receive two baccalaureate degrees provided he/she meets University graduation requirements for both degrees. In addition to the minimum 120 semester hours that apply toward the first degree and include at least 60 semester hours from a baccalaureate institution, the student must also earn at least a minimum of 30 semester hours in on-campus USF undergraduate courses that will apply toward the second degree. The student must also meet the requirements of the college awarding the degree and the residency requirement.

Can I double major in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry?
Unfortunately, because of too much overlap in chemistry courses, students are not able to double major within the Chemistry Department.

Can I double major in Biology and Chemistry?
Students are permitted to double major with Biology and certain Chemistry majors: Chemistry B.S, Chemistry B.A., and Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry Emphasis. Students may NOT double major in Biology and Biomedical Sciences or Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences because there is too much overlap between the two degrees.

Who advises me for my major and minor?
The Chemistry Advisors are located in the Science Center (SCA 203) and we advise all students who are declared or intending to declare majors in Biomedical Sciences, Medical Technology, Interdisciplinary Sciences, and Chemistry. We also advise students who are pursuing a minor in Chemistry. Please see the Chemistry & Pre-Health Professions Academic Advising section for more information.

Who do I contact for information regarding USF Chemistry Department Graduate Degrees?

Adrienne McCain
Office: (813) 974-4550, CHE 203A
Email: amccain@usf.edu

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General USF Student Information

How do I find out my NetID and USF ID?

  1. To obtain your NetID and USF ID, please visit: University Network Access

How do I apply for graduation?
You apply for graduation by logging into OASIS using your Net ID and self-assigned password, then you click on the Student menu and select Apply for Graduation. For more information, please check out the following link www.usf.edu/registrar/resources/graduation.aspx.

How do I register for the Graduation Ceremony/Commencement?
You can register for Commencement here: Tampa Commencement. Please keep in mind that you are not required to participate in the Commencement ceremony. However, if you do plan to attend, you must register for the ceremony separately from applying for graduation.

How do I contact a professor?
If you know the professor's name, you can use the e-mail search. You can find the e-mail search by going to the USF homepage and clicking on the link to the USF Directory which is located in the top, right hand corner of the page. Contact information for Chemistry faculty members can be found on our Chemistry Faculty Directory.

How do I use grade forgiveness?
You must retake the same course at USF in order to use grade forgiveness. Once you complete the course for the second time, and the grade has posted, you can submit a Grade Forgiveness Form to the Registrar’s Office in SVC 1034 for processing. Once it has been processed, the original grade will show as a forgiven grade, and the new grade will calculate into your USF GPA. Please keep in mind that while grade forgiveness will impact your USF GPA, both grades will show on your transcript and be calculated into your Overall GPA. It is highly recommended that you meet with an advisor before you decide to use grade forgiveness to make sure it is in your best interest. For the official USF policy on grade forgiveness, please click here: Official USF Catalog.

How many times can I use grade forgiveness
You only have 3 opportunities at USF to use grade forgiveness with no more than one repeat per course.

If I take the same course at another school, can I use grade forgiveness?
In order to be eligible to use grade forgiveness at USF, you must have taken and repeated the course at USF. You cannot re-take the course at another institution and use USF grade forgiveness.

How do I join the Honors College?
For first-year students entering USF in or after Spring 2012, the general criteria for admission to the Honors College are: A 3.8 weighted high school GPA and one of the following:

  1. SAT score of 1300 with a minimum verbal score of 580 -OR-
  2. ACT Composite score of 29 with a minimum English score of 29

For students entering the Honors College as transferring/continuing students, the general criteria are: 3.5 cumulative college GPA with at least 45 college or university level credits and must have completed two full semesters of coursework as a degree seeking college student.
The Honors College website is http://honors.usf.edu/. The Honors College email address is contactus@honors.usf.edu.

What if I plan to transfer and want to earn my AA Degree?
USF does not grant an Associate of Arts degree; however, the Transitional Advising Center (SVC 2011) can officially evaluate student records in order to issue an Associate of Arts Certification. Please visit this link for more information on the AA Certification: Official USF Catalog. You will need to complete this form and return it to SVC 2011 by the appropriate date to earn the certificate: Associate in Arts Application.

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Chemistry & Pre-Health Professions Academic Advising

For more links and student resources particular to Chemistry Department majors, please visit your major page on CANVAS. If you are not a member of your major page on CANVAS, please email chemadvise@usf.edu to request to be added. Be sure to include your full USF email address and your U# in the email. You can also join our Facebook page: ChemAdvising Facebook Page and our Twitter page: ChemAdvising Twitter Page.

Who are my Chemistry Department Advisors?
If you are majoring in Chemistry (CHM/CHS), Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (INS), or Medical Technology (MET), your advisors are: Kelly Pearson, Kristi Kirby, Anthony Iannelli Jr., Ashley Dees, Lauren Albaum and Chris Mcdermott.
http://chemistry.usf.edu/advising/
Email: chemadvise@usf.edu

How can I make an appointment to see my Chemistry advisor?
If you are a current USF student, please use the online scheduling system, E-Scheduler. If you are a former or prospective student interested in one of our majors (Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Technology, or Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences), please click here to make an appointment.

Do I have to be declared in the Chemistry Department in order to meet with a Chemistry Advisor?
If you are still officially declared in another department, but you intend to change your major to CHS/CHM, BMS, INS, or MET, you may make a 30 minute appointment with a Chemistry advisor via the E-Scheduler.

How can I change my advising appointment?
You must first cancel, and then reschedule, your appointment via the E-Scheduler.

When is it recommended that I meet with a Chemistry Department Advisor?
It is recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester, prior to registration for the following semester in order to ensure that you are completing major requirements and, if applicable, pre-health professions requirements. The Chemistry Department serves close to 3,000 majors; therefore, it is imperative that you plan ahead if you wish to schedule an appointment!

What do I need to do to prepare before meeting with a Chemistry Department Advisor?
It may be beneficial to review your Degreeworks audit before your meeting. Also, use the schedule search for the upcoming semester to start selecting courses that you may want to take.

I am not yet admitted to USF. Can I meet with a Chemistry Department Advisor?
Yes, prospective students are able to meet with a Chemistry Advisor. Please keep in mind that the months of October-November and March-April are peak registration times and advisors are at our busiest advising current students. Please click here to schedule a 30 minute appointment.

What do I do if I receive an error message when trying to schedule an appointment online?
If you are blocked due to cancellations or missed appointments, please send an email to chemadvise@usf.edu (from your USF email address) stating the reason(s) you were unable to attend your appointments. Please be sure to include your full name, U#, and major in the email.

What if my major is not within the Chemistry Department? Who should I contact for advising?
Follow the links below to find the contact information for your major.

Biology Department Advisors:
Margaret Flores, Mary Cuthbertson and Jessica Davis
biology.usf.edu/bioadvise/advising/people.aspx
Email: cas-bioadvise@usf.edu

Science & Health Professions Honors Students:
Danielle Locke, Reginald Lucien, Arnaldo Mejias, Caroline Twachtman and Katie Kosmoski
www.honors.usf.edu
Email: contactus@honors.usf.edu

Non-Science Majors with Pre-health Professions Track:
Dr. Melvin James
www.cas.usf.edu/healthprofessions/advising/
Email: healthprofadvise@cas.usf.edu

College of Arts & Sciences Advising
College of Business Advising
College of Engineering Advising
College of the Arts Advising
College of Education Advising
College of Behavioral and Community Services Advising

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Taking Courses Away From USF

What is a course evaluation and how do I know if I need one?
A course evaluation is needed to determine if a course from an out-of-state or private institution transfers as equivalent credit for a specific USF course. A course syllabus with a detailed description of the content covered is required for a course evaluation to be completed.

For detailed instructions regarding the Department of Chemistry’s course evaluation process and to submit a Course Evaluation Request form, please visit our website: Course Evaluations.

For detailed instructions regarding the Department of Biology’s course evaluation process and to submit a Course Evaluation Request form, please visit the following site: Biology Course Evaluations.

For detailed instructions regarding the Math Department’s course evaluation process and to submit a Course Evaluation Request, please visit the following site and follow the instructions for submitting a course evaluation: Math Course Evaluations.

For detailed instructions regarding the Physics Department’s course evaluation process and to submit a Course Evaluation Request, please visit the following site and follow the instructions for submitting a course evaluation: Physics Course Evaluations.

How do I take courses at another institution while attending USF?
Under certain circumstances, students may be approved to take courses at another institution while attending USF. Students doing this are considered “transient” students. To receive approval and confirmation of how those courses will transfer back to USF, you will need to complete the online Transient form (found at http://www.flvc.org/) prior to registering for courses at another institution. Students should use the comment section of the online form to explain the purpose of taking coursework at another institution. To be eligible for approval, the courses you are requesting to take at another institution must meet the following criteria:

  1. Course(s) must be necessary for graduation in current declared major. This can include courses which are prerequisite courses necessary to take other major required courses.
    -and-
  2. Either:
    1. Course(s) are not available at USF and are necessary to be taken this semester. This can include courses not offered at USF this semester, courses which are full at USF this semester, or courses which overlap with another required course.
      -or-
    2. Student has an uncontrollable, necessary, and documentable reason which prevents the student from being available to take courses at USF.

Transient Procedure

  1. Log-in to www.flvc.org/home and complete the Transient Request, which is under the Transfer Students tab Transient Student Admission Application.
  2. Your academic college office will receive notification that there is a transient request awaiting their attention.
  3. The academic college office signs-in to www.flvc.org/home to authorize or not authorize your enrollment request, and electronically submits the request to the Regional Records Office for certification.
  4. If you indicate that you would like to receive aid for the course, if eligible, the college office forwards your request on to the Office of Financial Aid for their review.
  5. The Records Office certifies your status and forwards the transient request electronically to the attending institution.
  6. You are then sent an email detailing if your request was approved or not.
  7. The institution you are attending as a transient student will contact you with further steps from that point on.
  8. You are able to log into your FLVC.org account to monitor the progress of your request at all times throughout the process.

Does my Financial Aid cover courses at another school?
Due to recent changes in policy, students are no longer eligible to receive Financial Aid from USF to be paid at another institution unless certain, specific criteria are met. You should consult with your financial aid counselor to determine if your courses are eligible for financial aid. With regard to USF scholarships, you must check with your scholarship administrator directly to make sure they will accept the credits.

I want to take the second course in a sequence at USF. Do I need a permit?
Due to Chemistry, Biology and Math Department policies, if you take pre-requisite courses at another institution, you will have to wait until you have earned a final grade in these courses before you can be issued a permit for the next course in the sequence. For more information on Department of Chemistry courses, please visit our permit website: Chemistry Permit Request Form. For Department of Biology permits, please visit the following website: Biology Permit Request Form. For Department of Math permits, please visit the following website: Math Permit Request form.

For the Department of Physics, students currently enrolled in pre-requisite courses at another institution may request preliminary permits based on their current registration. However, in order to take your seat in the course, you must provide proof of a successful final grade. For Department of Physics permits, please visit the following website: Physics Permit Request form.

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Closed Classes, Schedule Search & Registration Issues

I am confused about the General Chemistry course listing! Do I have to go to the class all of those times?
Example:

Full Term

AS

CHM

80105

CHM 2045

002

Class Lecture

General Chemistry I

3

No

Open

MWF
W
W

8:35am-9:25am
7:35pm-9:45pm
7:35pm-9:45pm
______________

CHE
CWY
CWY

100
107
109

The General Chemistry sequence is comprised of two distinctive course meeting times:
Lecture – this meets 3 times/week and you are expected to attend each time. For example: MWF 8:35 AM – 9:25 AM.
Exams – these are approximately 4 times per semester and you only attend at this time on exam days. For example: W 7:35 PM – 9:45 PM.

I am confused about the Organic Chemistry course listing! Do I have to go to the class all of those times?
Example:

Full Term

AS

CHM

80159

CHM 2210

001

Organic Chemistry I

3

No

Open

MWF
M
T

10:45am-11:35am
7:35pm-9:45pm
8:00am-8:50am
________________

BSF
ULH
CHE

100
101
303

The Organic Chemistry sequence is comprised of three distinctive course meeting times:
Lecture – this meets 3 times/week and you are expected to attend each time. For example: MWF 10:45 AM – 11:35 AM.
Discussion – this is once per week and you are expected to attend each time. For example: T 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM.
Exams – these are approximately 4 times per semester and you only attend at this time on exam days. For example: M 7:35 PM – 9:45 PM.

I am confused about the Organic Chemistry Lab listing! Why are there two times listed and two different places?
Example:

Full Term

AS

CHM

80174

CHM 2210L

002

Lab

Organic Chemistry Lab I

2

No

Open

12:55pm-4:45pm
12:30pm-1:20pm
_______________

NES
CHE

229
111

The Organic Chemistry Lab sequence is comprised of two distinctive course meeting times:
Lab Lecture – this meets once a week in a lecture hall, and you are expected to attend each time. For example: T 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM.
Lab – this meets once per week for three hours and fifty minutes in one of the organic chemistry laboratories, and you are expected to attend each time. For example: M 12:55 PM – 4:45 PM.

What if a class that I need is not appearing on the class schedule search?
There are two reasons why a class would not appear on the class schedule search:

  1. The class is closed.
  2. The class is not being offered that semester.

Examples: CHM 2045, 2046, 2210, and 2211 and their respective labs are generally offered each semester (although the number of available lectures and labs will vary from semester to semester). CHM 3120C and CHM 3610 & 3610L are offered predominantly during the fall and spring semesters, but may also be offered in the summer semester if resources allow. BCH 4033, CHM 4130C and CHM 4410 are only offered in the fall semester. BCH 4034, CHM 4131C, CHM 4411, and CHM 4611 are only offered in the spring semester.

How do I get into a closed class?
Academic Advisors and USF professors are not able to add you to courses that are already full. It is recommended that you continue to check the OASIS schedule search on a regular basis to see if spaces become available. Students are allowed to add and drop courses continuously through the first week of classes. Alternatively, students who are registered for courses but do not attend the first class meeting, are likely to be dropped due to the mandatory first day attendance policy. You want to continually be checking the OASIS schedule search throughout the week for spaces to open up. If you secure a seat in a course after the first class meeting, make sure that you e-mail the professor to let them know that you just added the class and that you plan to be in attendance for the next class meeting. Communication is key and this can help avoid you being dropped due to lack of first day attendance. Communication is key!

What is a permit and how do I know if I need one?
A permit is an electronic approval that indicates to OASIS that a student may register for a course. When the computer cannot recognize a pre-requisite (such as a course from an out-of-state or 2-year institution) on a student's record, he/she cannot register for those courses. The permit will allow the student to register for those courses.
Permit information can be found here: Course Permits.

What if I want to take more than 18 credit hours per semester?
To take more than 18 credit hours during a Fall/Spring semester or 14 credits in the Summer semester, you need to get approval by filling out the Request for Overload Approval form. Students must be in good academic standing for their petition to be considered. Students with GPAs below 3.0 are less likely to be granted an Overload Request.

What do I do if there is a time conflict with two courses I want to take?
Sometimes courses may have times that overlap and OASIS will not let you register for them. Only in rare circumstances will USF permit students to register for courses that are scheduled to meet at the same time or overlapping times. Examples can include:

  • 2 courses required for graduation, last semester for student, and one starts at the same time as the other one ends
  • 1 course has a required common exam time which students only need to attend 4 or less times throughout the semester

To request a time conflict exception, you will need to complete the Time Conflict Form. Time Conflict forms must be submitted during the registration window. Time Conflict requests must be processed through the college with professor approval. Response time to your request will vary based on availability of faculty member. If you have not received a response in 1 week (5 business days), then it is recommended that you follow up with the faculty members for their feedback.

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Holds on OASIS

There is a hold noted on my OASIS account. What does this mean?
Please see the Holds Page for all of your questions regarding AA, AP, AR, CC, IM/MH, or MJ holds: Hold Information.

Academic Advising (AA) Holds
First year students will have an AA hold placed on their account before they can register for their 2nd and 3rd semesters. To have the hold removed, the student must see an academic advisor to discuss an academic plan. For more information on this hold, please visit the AA Holds page.

Academic Probation (AP) Holds
The first time an undergraduate student’s USF grade point average (GPA) falls below a cumulative 2.00, the student will be placed on Academic Probation (AP). From the beginning of academic probation, the student must maintain at least a 2.00 GPA each term, and may not totally withdraw from any semester without cause.

Once on Academic Probation, an AP hold is placed on the student’s account, and academic advising prior to registration is mandatory until the student is removed from probationary status. The student may remain on Academic Probation indefinitely as long as he/she maintains a GPA of 2.00 or greater each semester. If at any time while on Academic Probation, the student’s semester GPA falls below a 2.00, or the student withdraws from all classes after the fifth day, the student will be academically dismissed from the University. Once academically dismissed, a student may only return to USF under the University's Academic Renewal Policies. If academically dismissed from USF, a student may not return to USF as a non-degree seeking student.

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Academic Regulations Committee (ARC)

How Do I properly submit an ARC Petition?
Your completed Academic Regulation Committee (ARC) petition (http://www.ugs.usf.edu/arc/) must be submitted, in person, to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in BEH 201. The personnel in the CAS office will scan your petition and return the original copy to you. Please retain your original for your records.

The College of Arts and Sciences will not accept incomplete petitions – you should have all supporting documentation sent directly to you and include it when you submit your petition. Remember that submitting a petition does not guarantee approval and you may be required to see a college representative before your petition can be presented to the committee.

What if I need to withdraw from a course and it is after the add/drop deadline?
A student may withdraw from a course between the second and tenth week of the semester (except for Summer sessions - see the Summer Schedule of Classes for dates www.registrar.usf.edu/forms/1316Cal2014-05-16_15_40_07.pdf). However tuition and fees will be assessed for any course withdrawn by the student after the first week. The student’s academic record will reflect a “W” grade for any course(s) withdrawal between the second and tenth week of the semester.

Effective Fall 2011, all undergraduate students will be limited to a total of five course withdrawals while enrolled as a degree-seeking or a non-degree seeking undergraduate student at USF. The five course withdrawals will be limited to three course withdrawals for students with less than 60 semester credit hours, and two course withdrawals for students with more than or equal to 60 semester credit hours. Please see the Withdrawal Policy for more information.

Please contact your academic advisor and financial aid counselor before withdrawing from any course.

What if I need to add a course and it is after the add/drop deadline?
Please complete and submit all of the following forms to the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in BEH 201 (full submission direction are below):

  1. Completed ARC Petition form.
  2. Personal statement explaining why you would like to add your class or classes and supporting documentation for your reasons.
  3. Instructor Documentation form for each class.

The forms can be found on the Registrar's Website:

Remember, submitting a petition does not guarantee approval, and you may be required to see a college representative before your petition can be presented to the committee.

What if I need to withdraw from a course and it is after the withdrawal deadline?
Please complete and submit all of the following forms to the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in BEH 201 (full submission direction are below):

  1. Completed ARC Petition form.
  2. Personal statement explaining why you would like to withdraw from your class or classes and supporting documentation for your reasons.
  3. Instructor Documentation form for each class.
  4. Medical documentation as appropriate.

The forms can be found on the Registrar's Website:

Reasons a late withdrawal would NOT be approved:

  • I changed my major and don't need the course.
  • I thought I would do better in the course, but now that it is the end of the semester, I realize I will not pass the course.
  • Completing this course will hurt my GPA.
  • I am trying to improve my GPA.

For more information regarding the Academic Regulation Committee Petition Process, please visit the Guide to Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) Petition Process.

What if I have been academically dismissed?
Beginning in the Fall 2011 semester, students must meet one of the following criteria in order to be eligible for readmission following academic dismissal:

Academic Renewal I - Students academically dismissed with less than 60 hours (or greater than 60 hours in extenuating circumstances) will be considered for reinstatement to the University if they complete an AA degree. If reinstated, the student's GPA is calculated from the re-admission point forward. Students must complete at least 30 hours at USF following re-admission in order to graduate. Students must complete the Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal form, and check the box for “ARI”. In addition, the student is required to complete the Academic Advising Record for Reinstatement Through Academic Renewal I or II form.

Academic Renewal II - Students academically dismissed from USF with greater than 60 hours may return to the university through Academic Renewal II, only with approval from the University Academic Reinstatement Committee. Generally such students will have been engaged in successful non-academic activities such as work or military service for at least one year, or demonstrated recent academic success of a minimum of 12 semester hours with 2.00 GPA, no grades lower than C, and no withdrawals. Upon return to USF, students must complete a minimum of 15 credits at USF from point of re-admission, have a minimum of 30 USF hours of C or higher grades, and have a 2.00 overall GPA in order to graduate. The GPA for students returning under Academic Renewal II will be reset to 2.00 following reinstatement. Students must complete the Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal form, and check the box for “ARII”. In addition, the student is required to complete the Academic Advising Record for Reinstatement Through Academic Renewal I or II form.

Academic Renewal, I or II, can be used only ONE time; applications for a second Academic Renewal will NOT be considered.

Submitting a petition does not guarantee approval and you may be required to see a college representative before your petition will be reviewed by the committee.

If you meet one of the above criteria for readmission, you will need to submit all of the following forms to the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in BEH 201, plus a personal statement explaining why you should be readmitted and supporting documentation for your reasons:

  1. Completed Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal Petition Form
  2. Academic Advising Record for Reinstatement Through Academic Renewal I or II form.

All students petitioning for readmission are required to meet with an academic advisor in the degree program they plan to pursue. The best way to take care of this is to set a 30-minute appointment to see an advisor. Appointments can be scheduled online using the E-Scheduler.

For questions regarding ARC petitions, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate and Undergraduate Studies Office at (813)974-6957.

For more information regarding the Academic Regulation Committee Petition Process, please visit the Guide to Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) Petition Process.

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Grievance Procedures

Academic grievances are clearly defined by the University's policy Student Academic Grievance Procedures. It is not, for example, any general student complaint. The complaint must be academic in nature. More specifically, “a claim that a specific academic decision or action that affects the student's academic record or status has violated published policy and procedures, or has been applied to the grievant in a manner different from that used for other students.” The “burden of proof” will be on the student when challenging the decision, action or grade assigned. Additionally, the student has the burden of supplying documentation that proves that the instructor's decision was incorrect. All parties are expected to act in a professional and civil manner. Please be sure to review your class syllabus, as this will be evaluated during the academic grievance process. In addition, please note that the academic grievance process is not one that will occur immediately, as each step in the process can take up to approximately three weeks to complete.

Below is an overview of the academic grievance process:

  1. The student should first meet with the class instructor to discuss the grievance. The traditional relationship between student and faculty member is the primary means of settling disputes that may arise.
  2. If a resolution cannot be reached and the student intends to pursue the matter, the student should prepare a letter to the Department Chair detailing his or her complaint and the outcome of attempts to resolve the issue. Upon receipt of this document the Department Chair will meet with the student. The letter must include information pertaining to how, in your opinion, University policies or procedures were violated. More specifically, that “a claim that a specific academic decision or action that affects the student's academic record or status has violated published policy and procedures, or has been applied to the grievant in a manner different from that used for other students.” If indicated, a meeting with the Department Chair, Instructor and student will be scheduled through the department office.
  3. If, after the Chair, Instructor and student have met, a resolution is not reached, the student should request that the Department Chair notify the Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies for the College of Arts and Sciences that a resolution could not be reached. This request should be in writing and should contain the same documentation presented to the instructor and Department Chair regarding the nature of the grievance and description of attempts to resolve the issue at the departmental level. The Associate Dean will consult with the student, the instructor and Chair and may schedule one or more meetings which may require their presence.
  4. If resolution is still not reached, the Associate Dean (or his or her designee) will convene a committee to evaluate the grievance. The committee will hear the complaint and the responses, review any evidence that may be presented, and make a written recommendation to the Dean. The Dean will provide a decision in writing to all parties within three weeks of receiving the committee's recommendation.
  5. A student or the instructor may appeal the decision of the College Dean to the University level only if the decision of the College Dean is contrary to the recommendation of the committee, or if there is a procedural violation of the Student Academic Grievance Procedures. Please refer to the University's Student Academic Grievance Procedures policy for more information about this process.

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Biochemistry Changes

How do the changes in the course offerings of Biochemistry affect me? What is the difference between the old Biochemistry courses and the new Biochemistry courses?

You will want to follow up with your advisor to learn how the changes affect you. We also have updated DegreeSheets available at http://chemistry.usf.edu/undergraduate/

Up through Fall 2013 USF’s Biochemistry sequence was as follows:

  • BCH 3023 – Introductory Biochemistry
  • BCH 3023L – Biochemistry Lab
  • BCH 4034 – Advanced Biochemistry


Starting Spring 2014, USF’s Biochemistry sequence will change to:

  • BCH 3053Introductory BiochemistryPrerequisites: CHM 2210 & BSC 2010
    • Intended for students interested in pursuing a health professions career track. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the Biochemistry curriculum and will expose students to more Biochemistry content areas. A new book will be used to teach the content covered in this course.
  • BCH 4033Advanced Biochemistry IFall OnlyPrerequisites: CHM 2211 & BSC 2010
    • A more in-depth examination of the Biochemistry curriculum. Considered to cover the first “half” of the curriculum in greater detail.
  • BCH 4034Advanced Biochemistry IISpring OnlyPrerequisites: BCH 4033 or BCH 3023* (if taken prior to Spring 2014)
    • Covers the second “half” of the Biochemistry curriculum.
  • BCH 3023LBiochemistry LabPrerequisites or Co-Req: BCH 3053 or BCH 4033 or BCH 3023* (if taken prior to Spring 2014)
    • As of now, the Biochemistry lab will remain the same until the Department is able to restructure the lab sequence.


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