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Q: Can I minor in Biology?

A: We only offer a Microbiology Minor. IB and CMMB Majors, as well as BMS Majors, are not eligible to Minor in Microbiology.

Please refer to our Minors page for a list of common Minors chosen by Biology Majors.

Grade-related Questions

Q: I received a bad grade in a course. What can I do to make sure I meet my GPA requirements for my scholarships?

A: Grade Forgiveness. If you retake an USF course at USF, you can submit a grade forgiveness form. Grade forgiveness will remove the caluculation of the first course from your GPA. You can find USF's grade forgiveness policy online. Students will only receive a total of three grade forgiveness opportunities. Therefore, it is important to use them sparingly and wisely. Students may not submit the form prior to completing the repeated course unless it is for a student who (1) needs to prevent academic dismissal, or (2) will graduate at the end of the semester. Students have until graduation to submit the all three grade forgiveness forms. Once submitted, the student cannot change the grade forgiveness to use on another course, which is why it is important to use them sparingly and wisely. To process, students must complete a grade forgiveness form and submit to the Registrar’s Office.

Q: If I use Grade Forgiveness, will my bad grade be removed from my transcript?

A: Grade Forgiveness. No, any grade you earn will always remain on your transcript. Grade forgiveness will only remove the worse grade in the calculation of your USF GPA.

Q:Will Grade Forgiveness prevent the D/F rule from applying to me?

A: D/F Rule. The D/F Rule will count all D and/or F grades in the major and supporting science courses taken at USF, even courses which have been processed for grade forgiveness. For more information on the D/F Rule, please see the BioAdvise D/F Policy page.

Q: I disagree with the grade I received in my class. What should I do?

A: Grievances and disputes. The Departmental policy (PDF) is based on the University policy. It is important that you start the process as soon as possible.

Course-related Questions

Q: Will I be required to hurt an animal in lab?

A: Laboratory participation. Some laboratory courses in the Department of Biology require the use, manipulation, and/or euthanatization of live animals, or use of preserved animals, as an indispensable part of the laboratory exercises. By enrolling in one of these courses, a student agrees to participate in the laboratory experiments that involve live or dead animals. Although a student who objects on the basis of religious or moral grounds need not participate directly in the euthanatization and/or ensuing dissection of tissues, if no acceptable alternative is available, as determined by the faculty member in charge of the course, the student is expected to participate in data collection from the preparation or dissection, to monitor/manipulate experimental devices involved in the experimental set-up, to participate in discussion related to the data collection, to write lab reports involving the preparation or dissection, and to be examined on material involving the preparation or dissection. Failure to participate in any of these activities will have a negative impact on the final grade in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to bring any concern that may limit participation to the attention of the instructor by the completion of the first laboratory session. All such concerns will be addressed by the laboratory coordinator. All protocols for the use of animals in Department of Biology courses have been approved by the USF IACUC and adhere to all State and Federal regulations.

Career-related Questions

Q: What can I do for a living with a degree in Biology or Microbiology?

A: There are a wide variety of career paths you can choose that utilize the skills and knowledge gained from one of the six Biology degrees offered at USF. Please make an appointment with an advisor to discuss the many options you have.

Q: Is Biology or Microbiology a good major for a pre-health career student (Medical School, Vet School, etc.)?

A: YES! Please visit the Health Professions website for more information on this topic.

Q: Where can I find information about Master's and PHD programs in Biology and Microbiology at USF?

A: Please see the following departments for biology and microbiology graduate programs, as well as programs related to the biological fields:

Registration-related Questions

Q: I keep receiving error messages when I try to register for a biology course. What should I do?

A: USF's registration system is set up to only allow eligible students to register for biology courses. If you are receiving an error message, then the system does not believe you are eligible to register for the course. If you meet the prerequisites for the course, you will need to request a permit from BioAdvise in order to register for the course.

Q: What is a permit for registration in biology courses?

A: Permits are electronic approval which tells the computer system that a student is eligible to register for a course. Please see the Registration Link on this website for more information.

Non-science degree-related Questions

Q: Do I need Foriegn Language to complete a biology or microbiology major?

A: All students who enter USF must meet the Foreign Language Entrance Requirement (FLENT). FLENT can be met with 2 years of the same foreign language in high school or by showing competency. The biology and microbiology majors do not require additional foreign language. If you choose to double major in a Bachelor of Arts program (like the Chemistry BA) or join Honors College, you will need additional foreign language. You can find out more information about the Foreign Language Placement tests HERE.