Undergraduate Advisor's Message
On behalf of the faculty in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, I welcome you to the Department. I will serve as your primary contact regarding all matters related to your academic program. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need advice regarding various choices offered by the university.
To be able to bestow the bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree, we must comply with accreditation requirements by the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Basic to accreditation is adherence to published academic policies.
The USF Undergraduate Catalog states 'the responsibility for seeing that all graduation requirements are met rests with the students.' However, the college and the department require that each student meet with the undergraduate advisor each term. We will work together to develop a plan of study for you and will revisit it each term to determine whether any changes need to be made.
Beyond obtaining the B.S. degree in chemical engineering, there are other opportunities available to you and we can talk about these in detail when we meet.
The combined five-year B.S./M.S. program enables students to receive both degrees
at the same time. There are two advantages to this program over the traditional route
of obtaining a B.S. degree and then enrolling in graduate school. First, students
in the five-year program can begin taking graduate courses before they complete their
undergraduate degree, allowing some extra flexibility in scheduling. Second, the department
may double-count six credit hours to both degrees, effectively making the M.S. degree
consist of 24 hours, as opposed to 30.
Co-op Program - Students alternate several semesters of full-time work with semesters of full-time coursework, allowing students to gain practical experience in their field and also to earn some money.
If you are considering graduate school, the department encourages you to gain some research experience at the undergraduate level. This can be done through two different mechanisms – independent study (the department will allow three hours of independent study to be used for technical elective credit) and the REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program.
Finally, I'll note that many students express an interest in biomedical engineering. The College of Engineering offers a minor in biomedical engineering that can be met with only nine credit hours beyond the B.S. degree. Professor Mark Jaroszeski of our department administers this minor and you can feel free to ask him any questions about it.
In closing, let me welcome you once more to the Chemical & Biomedical Engineering program at the University of South Florida. I look forward to meeting you!
Professor Scott W. Campbell
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