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Post-baccalaureate students are those taking undergraduate coursework after already completing a bachelor’s degree. Post-baccalaureate students pursue second bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, and graduate certificates.

The post-baccalaureate Biology and Microbiology programs are appropriate for those with a previous degree who need to enhance their science GPA for a graduate or pre-professional school. Although the post-baccalaureate program is available to all, a second bachelor’s degree in Biology or Microbiology is more appropriate for anyone who would like to complete their credentials for graduate school or pre-professional schools, such as medical school.

While pursuing the post-baccalaureate, you should work closely with your academic advisor and grad/pre-professional school admissions officers to plan your courses and discuss other aspects of the graduate or pre-professional school application process.

Since you have a previous Bachelor’s degree, you will not need to meet the liberal arts, foreign language, and other university bachelor degree requirements. If you haven’t already, you will be required to meet all sciences necessary for a modern biology/microbiology curriculum that will prepare you for graduate and pre-professional schools.

1. Must meet all of the major and supporting science requirements for the incoming catalog year. Biology major and microbiology major requirements are listed on the degree sheets, which are available in our main office or on our website (see Degrees link to the left).

2. Must meet department residency requirement of 20* hours.

  • Starting from acceptance to the program, students must take at least 20 hours of new biology coursework which apply to the major. If a student needs less than 20 hours to complete the major, the student must take additional biology or microbiology major electives to meet this residency requirement.
  • Up to 6 hours of the residency requirement can be retakes of previously completed biology or microbiology major coursework. Therefore, if it is important for the student to retake a course to meet graduate/pre-professional school admissions requirements, the retakes may be included in meeting the residency requirement.

3. Must complete a total of 150 non-repeated credit hours.

4. Must meet the USF Tampa Residency Requirement, which states that 30 of the last 60 credit hours must be completed at USF Tampa.

  • If you are pursuing a second Bachelor's at USF Tampa after completing your first from USF Tampa, this requirement should already be met.

**Only 14 credit hours of coursework taken as a Non-Degree Seeking student can be used towards a Post-Bacc degree.

USF BMS students cannot double major with Biology. However, they are eligible to pursue the Post-baccalaureate option.

All Students need to apply to the University as a Second-Degree Seeking student. The USF application can be found on the USF Admissions website: http://www.usf.edu/admissions/. You can apply for any semester as the coursework is offered year-round.

Once you are admitted to USF, we strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor prior to your first semester at USF for planning and registration help. You will be required to follow the same process as our incoming transfer students. Please see our incoming transfer student webpage for more information.