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 before they must officially declare a major. During this time, 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.  

For more information on the various ECM pathways and their recommended coursework, please see the USF Catalog.