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Welcome! We are so excited to see that you are interested in the USF Tampa Biology programs!

There are 2 biology departments at USF Tampa, the Integrative Biology (IB) department and the Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology (CMMB) department.

These 2 departments offer a wide variety of majors, which can be reviewed under the Undergraduate Majors tab.

For answers to our most frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page.

USF is one of the top research institutions in the US. This means that all of our Biology Faculty are working on exciting research every day!

As a USF Biology student, you will have the opportunity to participate in this research, gaining hands-on experience in the field or lab!

Use the buttons below to explore all of the amazing research being done by our faculty as well as the facilities for each department:

There are some things that you, as a propsective student can do to prepare yourself as a new USF Bull.


Find out more about applying to USF, including all deadlines, on the USF Admissions website!

How to Prepare for a Biology Major at USF Tampa

  • Build a strong background in the sciences by taking Biology and Chemistry courses in high school, Physics if possible.
  • Develop strong math skills by completing Pre-calculus and Trigonometry in high school, Calculus if possible.
  • Complete 2 years of the same Foreign Language in high school


Things to Note about Accelerated Credit

Accelerated credit includes AP, IB, AICE, and/or CAPE credit as well as Dual Enrollment coursework.

You can review how accelerated credit is accepted by USF on the USF Credit-By-Exam website.

If you have completed accelerated credit, please speak with your advisor before re-taking any courses. We can help you to plan for your future and professional goals without repeating unnecessary coursework.


How to Prepare for a Biology Major at USF Tampa

We normally recommend that students complete all of the following before transferring to USF from another college or university:

  • Your Florida AA Degree
  • BSC 2010/L: Biology 1 with Lab
  • BSC 2011/L: Biology 2 with Lab
  • CHM 2045/L: General Chemistry 1 with Lab
  • CHM 2046/L: General Chemistry 2 with Lab
  • Math up to Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2 or STA 2023: Statistics
  • One of the following course sequences:
    • CHM 2210/L and CHM 2211/L: Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 with Lab
    • PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L: Physics 1 & 2 with Lab
    • PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L: Calculus based Physics 1 & 2 with Lab

In order to transfer to USF as a full-time Biology major, you must meet the USF Science Admissions Criteria.

If you have further questions regarding your future transfer to USF, please reach out to at


Important Things to Note

The following science courses from a Florida Community or State College are not applicable to a Biology Major at USF Tampa

  • BSC 1005/L: Principles of Biology with Lab
  • BSC 1020: Human Biology
  • BSC 1085/L and BSC 1086/L or BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 with Labs
  • MCB 2010/L or MCB 2000/L: Microbiology with Lab
  • OCE 2001: Introduction to Oceanography