Minors and Pre Med Option
The College of Engineering offers a number of certificate programs. These programs usually require 15 credit hours and are a stepping stone toward a graduate degree.
Materials Science and Engineering Certificate Program
The Materials Certificate is awarded through the College of Engineering in recognition of the completion of an organized plan of study in the interdisciplinary materials engineering and science areas at USF. The certificate is awarded in addition to degrees in engineering.
This program is open to all engineering and related field accelerated undergraduates, graduates and industrial outreach students registered at the University of South Florida. Suggested tracks of study include:
1. Electronic materials
2. Biomedical/engineering materials
Chemical Engineering as a Pre-medical Degree
The chemical engineering curricula is particularly suited for those students who like engineering as a way to prepare for entry into medical or dental school while pursuing an undergraduate degree.
The student who successfully completes one of the professional curricula will be well prepared for the study of medicine and will have, in addition, a solid background in engineering. Moreover, the student who decides not to go on to medical school will have an exceptionally wide selection of options, including not only those commonly open to the graduate in engineering, but also those of graduate study in biomedical engineering or, with a semester of additional work, graduate study in one of the biological sciences.
Those planning to go to medical school should include, in addition to the normal degree
requirements, the following courses:
• General Biology: Biol 296A, 297A.
• Advanced Biology: At least one semester which involves laboratory work.
The chemistry requirements for admission to medical school are met by the Organic and Physical Chemistry courses that are part of the normal curriculum.
If you are interested in attending medical or dental school, you are strongly urged to consult Prof. Mark Jaroszeski on our faculty, who has worked at the USF Morsani College of Medicine for a number of years.
There is extensive detailed information concerning the Medical College Admission Test, the choice of advanced biology and chemistry courses, and the choice of medical school that should be discussed prior to the beginning of the junior year.
Co-op Education Program for ChBME students
What is co-op? It's an educational program that combines classroom studies with paid, productive work experience in a field related to your major or career goals.
- Enhances classroom learning by integrating academic curriculum and real-world work experience.
- Enhances affordability of college through employer-paid wages. This is a means of financial assistance that is available to all students, regardless of family income levels or other financial aid arrangements.
- Improves job opportunities after graduation by giving students valuable work experience and contact with potential future employers.
- Teaches valuable job-search skills such as career assessment, resume writing and interviewing techniques.
- Students working under the COOP program can register for 1 unit of COOP study. For more information about coop program benefits click here.
For information regarding enrolling in a coop program at USF click here.
Undergraduates must be enrolled at USF for at least one semester prior to applying
for the Co-op Program and have a GPA of 2.5 or better. Graduate students may apply
the first year of their academic program and must have a GPA of 3.0.
Two Cooperative Education Training Plans:
Alternating Plan - alternates full-time semesters of work ( 40 hours a week) with full time semesters of study.
Parallel Plan - allows you to take classes and work part-time during the same semester. You may choose to participate in the Parallel Plan for either 2 semester or 4 semesters.
Why is gaining experience before graduation so important? Experience in your field of study is not only important it's critical. Students who gain experience before graduation have clearer job targets, more defined career goals and are more marketable because of the knowledge, skills and abilities developed and refined in a real world work setting (and therefore are more successful obtaining offers upon graduation).
Can international students participate in the Co-op program? Yes. Co-op is considered co-curricular training. If you have questions or are unsure of your eligibility to Co-op it is important that you speak with someone in the International Student & Scholars Services (ISSS). The ISSS must verify eligibility and grant clearance, for all international students, who wish to participate. This clearance from the ISSS Office must be obtained prior to submitting a Co-op Application.
Are all Co-op positions paid? How much will I make? All Co-op positions are paid. Co-op students hourly wage ranges from $7-$20+ per hour, with the average between $10 and $12. However, the hiring employer determines the specific wage.
What do I need to do to apply for acceptance in the Cooperative Education Program? Complete a Cooperative Education Application Packet. Follow the steps outlined in the application process, submit the necessary documentation requested, to the Career Center on the Tampa campus.