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Biological Sciences Courses (BSC)

BSC 1005 Biological Principles for Non Majors

  • Course Description:  A comprehensive introduction to living systems, including the scientific basis of biology, cell structure and function, genetic mechanisms, human anatomy and physiology, and ecological and evolutionary processes. Lecture only. Can count as a General Education Natural Science/Life Science requirement. This course is intended for non-science majors.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Additional Info: Will not count for Biology or Micro majors – gen-ed only, intended for non-science majors

BSC 1020 The Biology of Humans

  • Course Description: This non-science majors course deals with the principles and applications of human biology. Topics include: scientific literacy, cell structure and function, anatomy and physiology, genetics, infectious diseases, and biotechnology. Lecture only. Can count as a General Education Natural Science/Life Science requirement.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Additional Info: Will not count for Biology or Micro majors – gen-ed only, intended for non-science majors

BSC 2010 Biology I Cellular Processes

  • Course Description: This course deals with biological systems at the cellular and subcellular levels. Topics include an introduction to biochemistry, cell structure and function, enzymes, respiration, mitosis and meiosis, genetics and gene expression. Lecture only. Can count as a General Education Natural Science/Life Science requirement.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Co-requisites: BSC 2010L

BSC 2010L Biology I Cellular Processes Laboratory

  • Course Description: Laboratory portion of Biology I Cellular Processes relating to cellular and subcellular structure and function. Mitosis, meiosis, and Mendelian genetics will be stressed. Can count as a General Education Natural Science/Life Science requirement.
  • Credit hours: 1
  • Department: Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Co-requisites: BSC 2010

BSC 2011 Biology II BioDiversity

  • Course Description: An analysis of biological systems at the organismal level: evolution, speciation, history of life, and ecology. Lecture only. Can count as a General Education Natural Science/Life Science requirement.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Co-requisites: BSC 2011L

BSC 2011L Biology II BioDiversity Laboratory

  • Course Description: Laboratory portion of Biology II Diversity relating to organismal structure and function. Microscopy, as well as, plant and animal development will be stressed. Can count as a General Education Natural Science/Life Science requirement.
  • Credit hours: 1
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Co-requisites: BSC 2011

BSC 2093C Human Anatomy and Physiology I

  • Course Description: Basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, anatomical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Combined lecture/lab. Usually only offered in the Fall semester.
  • Credit hours: 4
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, and CHM 2045
  • Additional Info: BSC 1085/L or BSC 2085/L is not equivalent to BSC 2093C.
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology Majors

BSC 2094C Human Anatomy and Physiology II

  • Course Description: Anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems. Combined lecture/lab. Usually only offered in the Spring semester.
  • Credit hours: 4
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2093C
  • Additional Info: BSC 1086/L or BSC 2086/L is not equivalent to BSC 2094C.
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology Majors

BSC 3022 Biology of Aging

  • Course Description: An overview of cellular and molecular aspects of the aging process in human systems will be explored through lecture, discussion, and virtual formats. This course is for Non- Majors and will not count towards any Biology degree.
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 1005 OR BSC 1020, BSC 2085 OR BSC 2093C
  • Additional Info: Will not count for Biology or Micro majors - gen ed only, intended for non-science majors

BSC 3312 Marine Biology

  • Course Description: A survey of the marine environment, the types of organisms found inhabiting a variety of marine habitats, and the adaptations of the organisms to those habitats. Emphasis is placed on shallow water Florida environments. Lecture only.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, and CHM 2046
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Cell and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology Majors

BSC 4313C Advanced Marine Biology

  • Course Description: A detailed analysis of marine environment in the Tampa Bay or surrounding area. Field and laboratory work will provide direct experience with the system. Combined lecture/lab.
  • Credit hours: 4
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 3312
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Cell and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology Majors

BSC 4434 Bioinformatics

  • Course Description: This course covers the basics of molecular bioscience data management/analysis. Focus is on general computational methods, their bio-basis, and how to evaluate analysis results. Qualitative algorithm descriptions are included.
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: PCB 3063
  • Co-requisite: PCB 3023 (may also be taken as a pre-requisite)
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology, and Microbiology Majors

BSC 4905 Independent Study

  • Course Description: May be taken by majors for free elective credit. Specialized independent study determined by the student's needs and interests. The written contract required by the Department of Biology specifies the regulations governing independent study. S/U grade only.
  • Credit hours: variable, 1-3
  • Department: Both, Integrative Biology and Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor is required before registration into this course
  • Additional Info: Will not count for Major credit, only as upper-level credit towards the 48 Hour Rule

BSC 4910 Undergraduate Research

  • Course Description: Individual investigation with faculty supervision. Written contract by Department is necessary prior to registration. S/U grade only.
  • Credit hours: variable, 1-4
  • Department: Both, Integrative Biology and Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: Junior Class Standing, 3.0 USF GPA, 3.0 Biology Majors GPA, and Consent of Instructor is required before registration into this course
  • Additional Info: Only a total of 4 credit hours can count towards Biology Major Electives

BSC 4933 Selected Topics

  • Course Description: The content of these courses will range and depend on student demand and instructor's interest. Note: Some courses offered under this heading are intended for non-majors.
  • Credit hours: variable, 1-4
  • Department: Both, Integrative Biology and Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisites depend on the course being offered.
  • Additional Info: Always refer to the BioAdvise permits page for updated information on the types of Selected Topics being offered, the prerequisites for those courses, and what majors they will count towards.

BSC 4937 Seminar in Marine Biology

  • Course Description: Course focuses on developing the student's understanding of contemporary research in the field of Marine Biology. Background information presented and assigned readings will vary according to instructor. Lecture only.
  • Credit hours: 2
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 3312
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Cell and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology Majors