Undergraduate

Majors

For all degrees/ concentrations course offerings may vary by campus. You may mix and match courses across all campuses to complete your degree requirements.

Internships, undergraduate research experiences, upper level seminars, and reading from the primary literature will develop critical thinking skills. Preparing students to address the many complex issues in marine biology, thereby practicing critical thinking and the application of science to grand societal/economic challenges.

Biology (CIP26.0101)

Offered at all 3 campuses to completion

The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a broad, robust foundation in the biological sciences. It prepares students for graduate programs in biology (e.g. zoology, botany, conservation biology, microbiology, marine biology, ecology and evolution), as well as professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and pharmacology, or biology careers with industry and government agencies. The program emphasizes the development of critical thinking and communication skills, as well as competency in experimental design, data analysis and methodology for lab and field research.

A wide range of skill-building opportunities are available to students through undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, service learning, and field courses. This program also allows students the option to concentrate in one of four subdisciplines of biology: Animal Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Medical Biology, and Plant Biology.

Ecology and Evolution Biology

This concentration is intended to serve students interested in ecology, environmental management and consulting, restoration, and natural resources management, environmental justice, museum conservators, as well as other biological and professional careers.

Plant Biology

The plant biology concentration is intended to provide students with a firm foundation in the principles of biology, with special emphasis on the form and function, ecology and evolution, and diversity of plants. This concentration is intended to serve students interested in careers or graduate studies in the plant sciences.

Animal Biology

The animal biology concentration is intended to provide students with a firm foundation in the principles of biology, with special emphasis on the form and function, ecology and evolution, and diversity of animals. This concentration is intended to serve students interested in veterinary medicine, wildlife management, careers working in a zoo or aquarium, as well as other biological and professional careers.

Medical Biology

The medical biology concentration has a pre-professional focus and is intended to prepare students for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, veterinary medicine, physical therapy and nursing.

Marine Biology (CIP26.1302)

Easiest completed through Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses

Students completing the B.S. in Marine Biology at USF will explore the ecology of marine environments and the nature of organisms inhabiting the oceans. The objective of the proposed degree is to augment the students’ foundation in basic biology with specialized knowledge and skills in marine biology that address contemporary issues such as coastal resilience, coastal pollution, diseases of marine organisms and restoring damaged habitats. An emphasis on data collection and research methods in the field and laboratory will ready students for employment in places such as consulting firms, environmental agencies, aquaria, and parks, while also preparing them for graduate school.  

Legacy Majors In BIOLOGY

Students enrolled at USF prior to July 1, 2020 may have declared for one of four majors in our previous Biology degree program; listed below.

Integrative Animal Biology

Integrative Animal Biology is the study of the biology of animals, including humans. It explores the structure and function of invertebrates, vertebrates, and humans. The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on animals. It will prepare students for further education in medicine, veterinary medicine, animal biology, and evolutionary biology or for careers in fields such as medical assistance, veterinary assistance, animal care, and aquarium and zoo biology and education. The Degree is separated into two tracks, the Human Track and the Animal Track.

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Marine Biology

Marine Biology is the study of life in the oceans. It explores the unique marine environment and the nature of the organisms that inhabit the oceans. The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on marine ecosystems. It will prepare students for further education in ecology, marine science, biological oceanography, and evolutionary biology or for careers in fields such as aquaculture, animal husbandry, aquarium biology and education, conservation biology and education, environmental consulting, and wildlife biology.

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Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology is the study of how organisms interact with the environment, and how they adapt to changing environments. It explores the interconnections among biology, ecology, evolution, and conservation. The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on natural ecosystems. This major prepares students for further education in ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, and field botany or for careers in fields such as environmental biology, environmental consulting, agricultural and forestry resource management, conservation biology and education, and wildlife biology.

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Environmental Microbiology

Environmental Microbiology is the study of the roles that microorganisms play in the environment. It explores the diversity of microorganisms and their functioning within natural systems. The objective of this program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with a special emphasis on environmental microbiology. Coursework within the Environmental Microbiology major can lead to ASM certification.

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