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The D/F Policy states that once a student receives 3 D/F grades (at USF) in applicable science coursework, excluding labs, they are:

  • Redirected out of the major
  • No longer eligible to declare a Biology or Chemistry major at USF Tampa
  • No longer eligible to take Biology or Chemistry courses at USF Tampa


Only the below applicable science coursework count toward the D/F policy:

  • MAT 1033: Intermediate Algebra
  • MAC 1105: College Algebra
  • MAC 1147: Pre-calculus Algebra and Trig
  • MAC 2311 or MAC 2241 or MAC 2281: Calculus I
  • MAC 2312 or MAC 2242 or MAC 2282: Calculus II
  • STA 2023: Statistics
  • CHM 2023: Chemistry for Today
  • CHM 2045, CHS 2440, and CHM 2046: General Chemistry I and II
  • CHM 2210 and CHM 2211: Organic Chemistry I and II
  • BSC 2010 and BSC 2011: Cellular Processes and Biodiversity
  • BSC 2085, BSC 2086, BSC 2093C, and BSC 2094C: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • PHY 2053, PHY 2048, PHY 2054, PHY 2049: Physics I and II
  • BSC 2932: Biology Skills
  • BCH 3053: Biochemistry
  • MCB 3020: Microbiology
  • PCB 3063: Genetics
  • PCB 3023: Cell Biology

**Non Biology majors are still subject to the D/F Policy, however, they will not be redirected from their major.

**Grade Forgiveness has no impact on the D/F Policy.

**Any student who has earned any number of D/F grades in applicable science coursework at USF, prior to Fall 2018, but was NOT redirected under the old policy, will have all of those D/F grades count as 1 D/F grade toward this current policy.

Any student that is redirected out of their Biology major will be notified of the next steps to declaring a new major, via email.

For more information please review the D/F Policy FAQ.

All undergraduate students are eligible for up to a total of five (5) course withdrawals throughout their academic career at USF.

  • Three (3) course withdrawals are allotted to students with less than or equal to 59 attempted semester credit hours
  • Two (2) course withdrawals are allotted to students with 60 or more attempted semester credit hours

If you are considering withdrawing from a class, be sure to contact Financial Aid to determine if this will have any impact on your scholarships or other funding.

You will also want to check in with your advisor to see how this withdrawal will affect your degree progression.

Per the Florida State Legislature, all students are granted a credit hour threshold in which they must complete their degree requirements. Students who exceed their credit hour threshold will be charged additional tuition (the Excess Credit Hour Surcharge, ECHS) on a per credit hour basis.

AP, IB, ACE, and Dual Enrollment credits do not count toward the ECHS policy.

However, withdraws, repeat coursework, and non-passing grades will count against your ECHS threshold.

You can review your threshold through your DegreeWorks. If you have any questions, regarding your ECHS, please contact your academic advisor.

Grade Forgiveness is a University process whose function is to help students get off of Academic Probation. This policy allows a student to retake a class they did poorly in, receive a better grade, and have that better grade be used, in lieu of the worse grade, to calculate their USF GPA.

Courses with S/U grading and FF grades cannot utilize the Grade Forgiveness Policy. All courses being utilized for grade forgiveness must be completed at USF.

The exact same course must be completed in order for this policy to replace the grade in our system. There are exceptions to this in case the previous course is no longer offered at USF.

Grade Forgiveness does not remove a bad grade from your transcript. Therefore, it does not remove a D/F grade from the D/F policy count.

To remain an active student at USF, you must be enrolled in at least 1 semester each calendar year. If you are not enrolled for three (3) consecutive semesters, your student status will be changed to inactive.

Once a student is inactive, they must reapply, and be readmitted to USF, in order to gain active student status again.