2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Mar 01, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Biomedical Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology Track (B.S.)


College of Medicine
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
Health Sciences II (HS2), 335

407-823-5932
bsbsadvising@ucf.edu

Director: Dr. Griffith Parks
Burnett Building at Lake Nona (BBS), 101K
407-823-5932

Admission Requirements

  • Students who declare this major come in on a “Pending” status.
  • In order for students to transition out of “Pending” status, students must earn a “C” or better in each of the following courses or their equivalents: BSC 2010C, CHM 2045C, CHM 2046, CHM 2210.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students should complete the General Education Program before transferring within the Florida College System or State University System.
  • Grades below “C” in Common Program Prerequisites, Core Requirements and Restricted Electives are not accepted.
  • Students in undergraduate majors within the College of Medicine are expected to consistently make good progress towards their degrees. Therefore, the COM/BSBS Progress Policy mandates that undergraduate students meet the requirements of the policy.  Below are the specific requirements of the Progress Policy:
    • Students with 3 withdrawal (W) grades will be placed in a probationary status.
    • Students with 5 withdrawal (W) grades will  meet with an advisor from the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center for selection of a different major.
    • Medical withdrawals are not included in this withdrawal component.
    •  Students who earned 5 low grades (C-, D, F, W, NC, U) will be placed on a probationary status and will meet with a peer mentor for major advising.
    •  Students who earn more than 8 low grades (C-, D, F, W, NC, U), will meet with an advisor from Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center for selection of a different major.
    • Students with 2 unsuccessful attempts of the same UCF course will be placed on a probationary status and will meet with a peer mentor for major advising. 
    • Students with 3 unsuccessful attempts of the same UCF course will meet with an advisor from the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center for selection of a different major.
  • Students in this track must maintain a minimum science GPA of 3.2. Students who are unable to maintain such GPA, the student will have to revert back into the non-track Biomedical Sciences B.S.
  • Students should consult with a BSBS academic advisor at least once per semester.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)


Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (7 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)


1 or CHM 2040  and CHM 2041 

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (16 Credit Hours)


See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information.

1 or CHM 2040  and CHM 2041  

Core Requirements: Basic Level


Math and Statistics (6 Credit Hours)


Chemistry (8 Credit Hours)


Core Requirements: Advanced Level (35 Credit Hours)


Restricted Electives


Students must choose three electives from the list below.

At least one must have a laboratory component.

As an alternative to one of these listed electives, students can take part in a GEAR course, the PURE program, the PILOT course, or carry out an HIM thesis. Any one of these courses or programs will substitute for a restricted elective course, including elective laboratory courses.

Additional restricted electives can be taken as approved by the associate director.

Capstone Requirements


  • None

Electives


  • Variable. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research if interested in pursuing graduate or professional education.

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Two years of one foreign language in high school or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.

Graduation

  • None

Additional Requirements


  • None

Required Minors


  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements


  • Students must complete all coursework in the baccalaureate curriculum as shown and earn a GPA of at least 3.2 in the sciences.
  • Independent study, directed research or similar credit may not be used as a restricted elective.
  • A minimum of 20 hours must be taken at UCF in the department of the major.
  • Students will be required to take a comprehensive test during their last semester.

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120


Honors In Major


Application and admission through the Department and the Burnett Honors College.

Fulfill University requirements for Honors in the Major and maintain a 3.2 UCF GPA; 3.5 in the major; 3.2 cumulative average for graded upper division courses regardless of institution.

Complete the following course with a grade of B or better

1 Honors section

Honors Thesis (3 Credit Hours)


Complete the following with a grade of B or better and successfully complete the oral defense of the Honors Thesis

  • MCB 4970H - Honors Undergraduate Thesis II Credit Hours: 1

Additional Information


Related Programs

Certificates

  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Students who begin a two semester sequence course (e.g. General Chemistry) at a Florida College System institution are strongly encouraged to complete the sequence before transferring. If it will not be possible to complete the sequence before transferring, the student should postpone beginning the course until enrolling at UCF.
  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study (120 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Spring


Select One:


Sophomore Year - Summer (9 Credit Hours)


Select One:


Select One:


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)


Select One:


Junior Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)


Senior Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)


Select One:


Select One:


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


Select One:


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3