Exploratory Curriculum


The Exploratory Curriculum (ECM) is proud to welcome students to the University of South Florida, geographically distributed across the Sarasota-Manatee, St. Petersburg and Tampa campuses.

ECM is a first-year only program for students admitted directly from high school.  In this program, USF students may register for up to 36 credit hours (including those accumulated in high school through programs like AP, IB, AICE, CAPE, Dual Enrollment, etc.) before they must officially declare a major. The Exploratory Curriculum advisors assist students with decision-making and course selection while exploring their degree/major options.

During your time in ECM, you will focus on satisfying the Enhanced General Education (Gen. Ed.) requirements, which are needed for any major at USF. These courses are a great way to learn and discover career fields and academic disciplines that may be unfamiliar to you. In addition, Exploratory Curriculum students are required to complete the ECM U-Decide version of IDS2378, Foundations of Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Inquiry, in their first Fall or Spring semester. This will count as their Creative Thinking General Education requirement. We look forward to assisting you with your academic plans.  

The Undergraduate Catalog contains the ECM pathways and their recommended coursework.

Find the pathway links below:

Exploratory Curriculum: Arts and Humanities Pathway 
Exploratory Curriculum: Business Pathway 
Exploratory Curriculum: Global and Social Sciences Pathway 
Exploratory Curriculum: Health and Natural Sciences Pathway 
Exploratory Curriculum: Math and Technology Pathway

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