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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

 
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

This section of the Preliminary 2015-2016 University Catalog includes revisions received after the 2014-2015 catalog's publish date of June 3, 2014. Revisions appear in red.

Bachelor's Program Information

Combined Program Information

Master's Program Information

Doctoral Program Information

Certificate Programs


Interdisciplinary Programs

Departments
Biological Sciences

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

Geosciences
Mathematical Sciences

Physics

Psychology


Link to Course Descriptions for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers baccalaureate programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Neuroscience and Behavior. The degrees awarded are Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.).

The Bachelor of Arts programs are offered in the liberal arts tradition. They permit greater elective breadth with less specialization than the Bachelor of Science programs. B.A. programs are available for the preparation of secondary school science and mathematics teachers, for preprofessional programs such as dentistry and medicine and for graduate school preparation in certain interdisciplinary fields.

The Bachelor of Science programs meet the requirements of professional associations and provide the more intensive training required for admission to graduate work. They are normally elected by students intending to pursue careers in these fields.

Programs leading to the master's degree are available in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. These degrees are Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), as appropriate to the academic objectives of the student.

Doctoral programs (Ph.D.) are offered in Integrative Biology, Chemistry, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

Bachelor's Degree Program Information

Admission Requirements and Recommendations
The undergraduate applicant for admission to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science must meet the general freshman or transfer admission requirements of the University. In addition, the student should consider the list of science and mathematics courses required and recommended by the major department of choice in planning the lower-division program. In general, transfer students should not take more work in their proposed major field than is recommended in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog under Lower-Division College and Department Requirements and Recommended Courses. Freshmen should review the core curriculum also in the Degree Requirements section.

Degree Requirements
All candidates for a baccalaureate degree from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science must satisfy:

1. All of the general baccalaureate degree requirements of the University (see the Degree Requirements section).

2. The foreign language requirement as outlined in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

3. All of the special requirements for the degree as specified by the department in which the program is offered; these requirements are listed in this section.

4. All the requirements of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Requirements
1. Department major: Credits in the major field as designated for each student by the major department. In order to graduate, a student must maintain a "C" average in Departmental major courses unless otherwise specified by the department. Any coursework in the major field transferred from another institution must be approved by the major department.

2. Cognate work: Supporting work in departments related to the major as specified by the student's advisor.

3. Transient Work policy: After matriculation into the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, transient work is not permitted except in unusual circumstances. In these cases, an academic petition showing justification is required.

Pre-Health Professional Programs
The University provides curricular sequences that satisfy the requirements for preprofessional students aspiring to the practice of medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, etc.

New students in this category are urged to seek advisement from the Pre-Health Professions Office prior to registration and to start a special file at this time. The office may be reached at 561-297-3307.

The Pre-Health Professions Office provides continual guidance and helps students realize their maximum potential for success in applying for admission to professional schools. The office serves the Pre-Health Professions Committee of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, which has functioned for many years with ever-increasing success in helping qualified applicants enter the professional school of their choice. The office maintains a preprofessional discussion group, Premed-L.

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Cooperative Education Program
The College's Cooperative Education Program enables interested students from all departments in the College to take advantage of the opportunity to alternate periods of academic study with periods of paid work experience. The program is available on an optional basis to all students in accordance with the description shown in the Student Services and Activities section of this catalog. In addition, students in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science must meet the following requirements:

1. Students wishing to participate in the co-op plan in the College of Science should contact their major department to determine which of the co-op plans is available to them.

2. The maximum amount of credit that may be earned is 10 credits, a portion of which may be part of the degree program (non-additive) and a portion of which may be in addition to the requirements of the degree program (additive) as outlined below:

  Non-additive Additive
Biological Sciences 4 6
Chemistry 10 0
Geology 4 6
Mathematics 4 6
Physics 3 7
Psychology 8 2

3. The following reflects the minimum credits per work period that may be allowed. Students should contact their major department to determine which plan is available to them:

Alternating Plan (40 hr./wk.) 2-4 credits
Parallel Plan (20 hr./wk.) 1-2 credits
Special Plan (40 hr./wk.) 2-4 credits

4. The student will be evaluated as follows:

a. Technical report
b. Employer's evaluation
c. Final co-op report

5. Student will be graded as satisfactory/ unsatisfactory.

6. A student's participation in the program must be approved by all of the following:

a. The department;
b. The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science;
c. The Director of Cooperative Education.

7. A job related to the student's major must be available.

8. The student must accept the job.

9. The employer must accept the student.

Combined Degree Program Information

The College of Science offers three combined B.S./M.S. programs in the following areas: Biological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Biological Sciences/Environmental Science. The College also offers a combined B.A./M.A. program in Geography.

For the Biological Sciences B.S./M.S. program, a Molecular Biology and Biotechnology path of study prepares students to enter the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Integrative Biology. Both B.S. and M.S. degrees can be completed in five years. The B.S. in Biological Sciences/M.S. in Environmental Science provides hands-on training for a career in environmental science and also prepares students for the Integrative Biology Ph.D. and the Geosciences Ph.D. For detailed information about both combined programs, see the Biological Sciences section of the catalog.

In the Mathematical Sciences discipline, students also complete a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in five years. The program is designed to prepare students for the pursuit of a Ph.D. in Mathematics. See the Mathematical Sciences section of this catalog for admission and degree requirements.

For the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts with Major in Geography, students begin taking graduate courses in their senior year that would apply to both the B.A. and M.A. degree. The program can be completed in five years by using 9 credits from the bachelor’s degree to count toward the master’s degree. For detailed information, see the Geography section of the catalog.

Master's Degree Program Information

The Master of Science and Master of Arts will be conferred on Charles E. Schmidt College of Science students who satisfy the general University requirements for this degree, and in addition, meet the following College requirements:

1. Residence Requirements: Each student must be enrolled for two semesters in courses offered on campus.

2. Admission to Candidacy: Admission to candidacy for the master's degree in the College is usually granted after the applicant has completed a minimum of 8 graduate credits, with a 3.0 grade point average, in the major department and has satisfied requirements set by the University as well as by the applicant's major department. The major department may require satisfactory performance in a qualifying examination, demonstration of capability in a foreign language and/or selection of a thesis advisor and topic as prerequisites for candidacy.

3. If a thesis is required, students must pass a final oral defense of their thesis and be examined on such other material as may be indicated by the faculty.

Students who do not meet the standards established by their department may be subject to dismissal.

Master of Science in Teaching and Master of Arts in Teaching

Most departments in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science that have approved master's programs also have programs leading to degrees in Master of Science or Master of Arts in Teaching. These programs are designed to prepare science teachers for secondary schools and junior colleges.

The curriculum for an M.S.T. or M.A.T. from the College of Science consists of a minimum of 30 credits (excluding internship) beyond the baccalaureate, of which up to 6 credits may be allowed for a suitable thesis project at the discretion of the department. The same conditions of departmental standards pertain as above.

Students who wish to obtain an M.S.T. or M.A.T. degree but who have deficiencies in their undergraduate background, as determined by the department, will register as non-degree students. Upon admission to graduate status, up to 9 credits taken under the non-degree-seeking student category can be transferred to the graduate program at the discretion of the major department. Students must take the remainder of the program while in graduate status. Students will be advised by their departments which undergraduate courses from their projected curricula will be acceptable for the M.S.T. or M.A.T. degree. A master's committee will be constituted to supervise and advise students at the time they transfer to graduate status.

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Doctoral Degree Program Information

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers programs of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Integrative Biology, Chemistry, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. Admission and degree requirements for the Integrative Biology program are found under the Interdisciplinary Programs heading below. For specifications for the other doctoral programs, see the appropriate departmental section of this catalog.

Certificate Programs

Several certificate programs are offered in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. The Biological Sciences Department offers an undergraduate Biotechnology certificate program. The Department of Geosciences offers an undergraduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems and two graduate certificates, one in Remote Sensing and the other in Geographic Information Systems. In Mathematical Sciences, students may choose from undergraduate certificates in Statistics or Actuarial Science. Requirements for these certificate programs are listed within their specific departments. The Department of Physics offers a graduate certificate in Medical Physics that appears below in Interdisciplinary Programs.

Four certificate programs—Environmental Sciences, Medical Physics, Neuroscience and Pre-Health Professions Studies—are interdisciplinary in nature, crossing several Charles E. Schmidt College of Science departments. Details of these certificate programs are listed below under Interdisciplinary Programs.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers several interdisciplinary programs appearing below in the following order: an undergraduate/graduate certificate/preparatory program in Pre-Health Professions Studies, an undergraduate certificate in Environmental Sciences, a graduate certificate in Environmental Restoration, a graduate certificate in Medical Physics, a graduate certificate in Neuroscience, a master's-level degree program in Environmental Science and a doctoral-level degree program in Integrative Biology. These programs draw on a variety of disciplines and diverse faculty to present students with programs of study especially designed for their individual interests. Admission and degree requirements for the interdisciplinary programs follow.

Certificate Programs

Master's Program

Doctoral Program

Pre-Health Professions Preparatory Program and Certificate
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers an undergraduate and graduate preparatory program for those students planning to continue their education beyond FAU in the medical, dental or veterinary fields.

Undergraduate preprofessional students must declare a major in one of the scientific fields (biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience and behavior or another major) before they accumulate 60 credits. A certificate in Pre-Health Professions Studies shall be awarded to students completing those 60 credits with a GPA of 3.0 and with 100 hours of documented, health-related community or volunteer service.

Postbaccalaureate students who wish to develop a strong foundation for the medical, dental, veterinary or other health-related field may also take advantage of the Pre-Health Professions program. The requirements for graduate students are an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or a GRE of 1000 or higher. Curriculum structure for graduate students with one year of general biology and one year of general chemistry would ensure that they would be ready to take the MCAT 12 months after beginning the program in the summer 2 term. For graduate students, the 100-hour community or volunteer service is also a requirement.

Courses required in the Pre-Health Professions program include:
Biodiversity BSC 1011 3
Biodiversity Lab BSC 1011L 1
Biological Principles BSC 1010 3
Biological Principles Lab BSC 1010L 1
General Chemistry 1 CHM 2045 3
General Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 2045L 1
General Chemistry 2 CHM 2046 3
General Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2046L 1
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4
General Physics 1 Lab PHY 2048L 1
College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4
General Physics 2 Lab PHY 2049L 1
Human Morphology and Function 1 PCB 3703 3
Human Morphology and Function 1 Lab PCB 3703L 1
Human Morphology and Function 2 PCB 3704 3
Human Morphology and Function 2 Lab
OR (for pre-veterinary students)
PCB 3704L 1
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3 and
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis ZOO 4690 3 and
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis Lab ZOO 4690L 2
Molecular Genetics PCB 4522 4
Introduction to Preprofessional Studies PCB 3083 3
Introduction to Preprofessional Studies Lab PCB 3083L 1
Premed Success IDS 3122 2
General Psychology PSY 1012 3
Sociological Perspectives SYG 1000 3

Notes:
PHY 2048, 2049 may be substituted for PHY 2053, 2054 for students whose intended major will be Chemistry or Physics.

MAC 2311 may be substituted for MAC 2233.

Other highly recommended courses:
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023
Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034
Virology MCB 4503
Immunology PCB 4233

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Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Program at Florida Atlantic University is developing educational options that will produce environmental scientists, educators, professionals, managers and citizens with the ability to understand and provide technically sound and visionary solutions to environmental problems. The Environmental Science Program recommends that every FAU student attain some awareness and sensitivity to environmental issues. In order to understand the complex and diverse nature of local and global issues, the curriculum incorporates new courses, graduate and undergraduate certificates, thesis and non-thesis options and a focus on experiential learning. Environmental Science is designed to emphasize a holistic view of the relationship between humans and the environment, incorporating both an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus, with a focus on wetland and coastal systems. Programs of study include the undergraduate Environmental Sciences certificate, the graduate Environmental Restoration certificate, the Master of Science with Major in Environmental Science and a combined, accelerated program with Biological Sciences in which students may earn the B.S. in Biological Sciences and the M.S. in Environmental Science in five years. This program appears in the Biological Sciences Department section.

Environmental Sciences Certificate
The Environmental Sciences certificate program is administered by the Environmental Science Program. Participating faculty have appointments in all departments in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, as well as departments in participating colleges. The program allows undergraduate students to explore environmental issues through a broadly based interdisciplinary program. Program objectives are:

1. Introduce students to the major environmental issues facing our rapidly changing society.

2. Provide in-depth analysis in several areas of study, including vital concerns such as wetland and coastal ecosystem management, environmental restoration, environmental ethics, natural resource management, environmental planning and policies, environmental economics and geographical analysis.

The certificate program is designed to enhance an undergraduate student's major program of study. This option does not qualify as a major in Environmental Science. The certificate in Environmental Sciences is awarded in conjunction with an academic major and consists of 18 credits of environmentally focused courses. Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree may pursue the certificate as a non-degree-seeking student or in conjunction with a second bachelor's degree. All courses taken in the curriculum may be applied toward other general and specific graduation requirements and courses taken to fulfill other requirements may be applied to the certificate curriculum. All courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better to be counted toward the certificate.

Certificate Curriculum and Requirements
The certificate consists of 18 credits. All students must complete the following requirements:

1. All students must take a minimum of one of the two possible core courses listed below.

Core Courses (choose one of the following)
Environment and Society EVR 2017 3
Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352 3

2. Students must take one course from each of the five focus areas listed below. These include Biology, Earth Science, Human-Environmental Interactions, Geographic Information Science and Chemistry.

Biology (choose one of the following)
Vascular Plant Anatomy BOT 3223 2
Vascular Plants Lab BOT 3223L 2
Marine Botany BOT 4404 2
Marine Botany Lab BOT 4404L 2
Biodiversity BSC 1011 3
Biodiversity Lab BSC 1011L 1
General Microbiology MCB 3020 3
General Microbiology Lab MCB 3020L 1
Marine Biodiversity OCB 4032 3
Marine Biodiversity Lab OCB 4032L 1
Marine Biology OCB 4043 2
Marine Biology Field Studies and Lab OCB 4043L 2
Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology OCB 4525 3
Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology Lab OCB 4525L 1
Marine Ecology OCB 4633 3
Marine Ecology Lab OCB 4633L 1
Marine Science OCE 4006 4
Genetics PCB 3063 4
Principles of Ecology PCB 4043 3
Evolution PCB 4674 3
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Invertebrate Zoology ZOO 2203 3
Invertebrate Zoology Lab ZOO 2203L 2
Functional Biology of Marine Animals ZOO 4402 3
Functional Biology of Marine Animals Lab ZOO 4402L 1
Ornithology ZOO 4472 2
Ornithology Lab ZOO 4472L 2
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis ZOO 4690 3
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis Lab ZOO 4690L 2

Earth Science (choose one of the following)
The Blue Planet ESC 2070 3
Environmental Issues in Atmospheric
and Earth Science
ESC 3704 3
Introduction to Physical Geography GEO 2200C 3
Biogeography GEO 4300 3
Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth
GLY 2010C 4
The History of the Earth and Life GLY 2100 3
Geology of Florida GLY 3155C 3
Water, Waves and Caves: The Geologic Formation of National Parks and Monuments GLY 3165 3
Paleontology GLY 3603C 3
Coastal and Marine Science GLY 3730 3
Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry GLY 4200C 4
Environmental Geochemistry GLY 4241 3
Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks GLY 4310C 4
Structural Geology GLY 4400C 4
Solid Earth Geophysics GLY 4451 3
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation GLY 4500C 4
Geomorphology GLY 4700C 3
Field Methods GLY 4750C 3
Hydrogeology GLY 4822 3
Engineering Geology GLY 4830 3
Introduction to Hydrogeology Modeling and Aquifer Test GLY 4832C 3
Field Experience GLY 4948C 1
Weather and Climate MET 2010 3

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Human-Environmental Interactions (choose one of the following)
American Environmental History AMH 3630 3
Culture and Ecology ANT 3403 3
Environment and Disease ANT 4463 3
Anthropology of Nature ANT 4419 3
Primate Behavior ANT 4552 3
Economic Principles and Policies ECO 3003 5
Environmental Economics ECP 4302 3
Human-Environment Interactions in
South Florida
GEA 4275 3
Water Resources GEO 4280C 3
American Cultural Landscape GEO 4422 3
Tourism and Commercial Recreation GEO 4542 3
Urban Geography GEO 4602 3
Field Experience GEO 4948C 1
Literature and the Environment LIT 4434 3
Environmental Ethics PHI 3640 3
Principles and Methods of Environmental Education SCE 3442 3
Planning and Growth Management URP 3000 3
Sustainable Cities URP 4403 3
Environmental Planning Methods URP 4420 3

Geographic Information Science (choose one of the following)
Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3
Principles of Geographic Information Systems GIS 4043C 3
Geovisualization and GIS GIS 4138C 3

Chemistry (choose one of the following)
Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034 3
Contemporary Chemical Issues CHM 1020C 3
General Chemistry 1 CHM 2045 3
General Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 2045L 1
General Chemistry 2 CHM 2046 3
General Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2046L 1
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Environmental Chemistry CHM 3080 3


Environmental Restoration Certificate
The Environmental Science Program offers the Environmental Restoration certificate for graduate students who wish to pursue an environmental restoration position upon graduation or for professionals looking to increase their knowledge base, advance professionally or change careers. The certificate is interdisciplinary, drawing on courses from environmental science, geosciences, biology, urban and regional planning and civil engineering. The certificate also includes considerable opportunity for experiential learning in the form of course field trips to actual restoration projects; internship opportunities with local, state and federal agencies conducting restoration; and primary research experiences with future, ongoing and recent environmental restoration projects in South Florida. These opportunities also provide the prospect of meeting, networking and interacting with professionals from public and private environmental restoration organizations.

The certificate consists of a minimum of 21 credits, including three core courses, one internship or DIS resulting in the completion of a restoration-related project, completion of a manuscript of publishable quality and colloquium presentation based on the internship/DIS project, and three electives chosen from the two elective foci (both elective foci must be represented). All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to be counted toward the certificate.

Core Courses
Environmental Restoration EVR 6334 3
Restoration Implementation and Management EVR 6358 3
Conservation Biology PCB 6045 3

Other Requirements
1. One internship with a public or private restoration organization or DIS focused on environmental restoration research. Internship (preferred) or DIS should be taken under Directed Independent Study (EVS 6905 or GEO 6908) for 3 credits.

2. A final draft of a formal, scientific-journal-style manuscript of publishable quality based upon the restoration-related project completed under the internship or DIS.

3. Present the internship/DIS-based paper in a 15-minute presentation during the Environmental Science Colloquium (EVS 6920) course.

Successful fulfillment of the manuscript and formal presentation will be assessed by a minimum of two of the members of the Restoration Certificate Committee of the Environmental Science Program Committee or their designees.

Elective Foci (Choose a total of three electives, one from one elective focus area and two from the other focus area):

Ecology Electives
Flora of South Florida and Flora of South Florida Laboratory BOT 5155 and BOT 5155L 4
Coastal Plant Ecology and Coastal Plant Ecology Lab BOT 6606 and BOT 6606L 4
Biogeography GEO 5305 3
Coastal Environments GLY 6737 3
Advanced Ecology PCB 6046 3
Freshwater Ecology and Freshwater Ecology Laboratory and Field Studies PCB 6307 and PCB 6307L 5
Marine Ecology and Marine Ecology Laboratory and Field Studies PCB 6317 and PCB 6317L 5
Ecological Theory PCB 6406 3
Environmental Physiology PCB 6749C 4

Planning and Engineering Electives
Environmental Analysis in Planning URP 6425 3
Environmental Policy and Programs URP 6429 3
Soil Stabilization and Geosynthetics CEG 6124 3
Open-Channel Hydraulics CWR 6235 3
River Mechanics and Sediment Transport CWR 6236 3
Stream, Lake and Estuarine Pollution EES 6357 3
Contamination of Aquatic Sediment ENV 6441 3
Shore Erosion and Protection GLY 5575C 3

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Medical Physics Certificate
The Medical Physics certificate is a 15-credit interdisciplinary graduate program. Students are required to take a 3-credit prerequisite course, followed by 12 credits of program courses.

Medical physics is an applied branch of physics devoted to the application of concepts and methods from physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This program prepares students who are interested in health-related careers and/or seeking an advanced degree in medical physics. Career paths for medical physicists include radiation therapy physicist, diagnostic medical physicist, nuclear medical physicist and health physicist. Companies that produce treatment equipment, treatment planning systems, support materials and software and hardware development; and research and academia are also suitable career paths.

The program requires less than two semesters of work in addition to the M.S. in physics requirements. Students with a B.S. in physics, physical sciences, mathematics or engineering who are interested in this program may apply for admission to the regular graduate program of the Physics Department.

In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for the Medical Physics certificate must meet the Departmental requirements for the Master of Science with Major in Physics degree as listed in this catalog.


Required Courses (15 credits)
Prerequisite Course (3 credits)
Human Morphology and Function 1 PCB 3703 3
Program Courses (12 credits)
Radiation Physics RAT 6686 3
Introduction to Radiation Biology BSC 6834 3
Radiation Therapy Physics RAT 6628 3
Medical Imaging Physics
RAT 6616
3

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Neuroscience Certificate
The Neuroscience certificate program provides students with an understanding of the essential principles of neuroscience and elective concentrated study in theoretical and dynamical, molecular and cellular, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Available to master's and doctoral students, the program is administered through the College of Science's Dean's Office and consists of a multidepartmental curriculum comprised of courses from the College of Medicine, College of Science and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Admission Requirements
1. Acceptance into a master's or doctoral training program in any of the following departments or programs: Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Integrative Biology, Mathematical Sciences, Physics or Psychology.

2. Approval from the certificate program coordinator prior to taking courses to satisfy the 14-credit certificate requirement.

Degree Requirements
The Neuroscience certificate consists of 14 credits. It requires the successful completion (at least a B+ average) of four courses from the tables below plus satisfactory achievement in two semesters of the 1-credit Neuroscience Colloquium. Students are also expected to participate in the FAU Neuroscience Research Day held each spring semester.

Required Courses (6 credits)
Neuroscience 1 PSB 6345 3
Neuroscience 2 PSB 6346 3

Elective Courses
Select one course from any two of the four areas listed below for a minimum of 6 credits: Theoretical and Dynamical Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience and Behavioral Neuroscience. Note that one of the elective courses is required to be from outside the student's "home" program area. This requirement ensures that the student gains an interdisciplinary exposure to the neurosciences.

Theoretical and Dynamical Neuroscience
Introduction to Neural Networks CAP 5615 3
Computational Neuroscience 1 ISC 6460 3
Methods in Complex Systems ISC 6450 3
Bioinformatics BSC 6458C 4
Bioinformatics: Engineering Perspectives BME 6762 3

Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience ISC 5465 3
Cognition and Complex Systems ISC 6452 3
Seminar in Cognition EXP 6609 3
Seminar in Attention ISC 6932 3
Biological Vision PSB 5117 3
Seminar in Human Perception EXP 6208 3
Seminar in Biopsychology of Language PSB 6809 3

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Advanced Cell Physiology PCB 6207 3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3
Brain Diseases: Mechanisms and Therapy BMS 6736 3
Special Topics BSC 6936 3
Special Topics PCB 6933 3

Behavioral Neuroscience
Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience PSB 6058 3
Developmental Neuropsychology PSB 6516 3
Seminar in Sensory Processes PSB 6609 3
Methods in Psychobiology PSB 6118 3
Special Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience PSB 6930 3

Neuroscience Colloquium
Special Topics

(Students must enroll in two semesters of the 1-credit Neuroscience Colloquium.)
ISC 6930 1

The Neuroscience Colloquium is a public seminar series with distinguished speakers from outside and inside of FAU. Students also present their own research in the form of a seminar to the other students in the program and faculty. Students in the certificate program are required to present at least one seminar during the two semesters that they are enrolled. Attendance is mandatory for all students.

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Master of Science with Major in Environmental Science

This interdisciplinary environmental program is administered in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Participating faculty have appointments in all departments in the College of Science, as well as departments in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Business. The M.S. in Environmental Science is also available as a combined, accelerated program with the B.S. in Biological Sciences. Complete details about this combined program appear in the Biological Sciences Department section.

Students are required to take most of the coursework spread across the six core subject areas listed below. The exact courses taken are to be determined by students and their advisory committees.

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, each applicant for the M.S. with Major in Environmental Science must:

1. Have a quantitative-verbal total score of 1000 or higher on the general portion of the Graduate Record Exam prior to August 2011 or a minimum GRE score of 151 verbal and 148 quantitative if taken during or after August 2011. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted.

2. Have a minimum 3.0 average for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work.

3. Obtain approval from the Environmental Science Program.

Thesis Option
A student curriculum consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following four categories:

Core Subject Areas: 22-28 credits from the core subject areas with at least one course from four different core subject areas.

Electives: No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree, and no more than 6 credits may be 4000-level courses. No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.

Thesis: 6-12 credits (EVS 6971).

Colloquium: 2 credits or more.

Non-Thesis Option
A student curriculum consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following four categories:

Core Subject Areas: 25-31 credits from the core subject areas with at least one course from four different core subject areas.

Directed Independent Study:
3 credits (EVS 6905) required. Up to 3 additional credits may be taken as electives.

Electives: No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree.

Colloquium: 2 credits or more.

Colloquium
Environmental Sciences Colloquium Series
(May be taken more than once.)
EVS 6920 1

Core Subject Areas
Chemistry
Chemistry for Environmental Scientists CHS 6611 3
Advanced Environmental Geochemistry GLY 5243 3
Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to GIS in Planning URP 6270 3
Principles of Geographic Information Systems GIS 5051C 3
Applications in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5100C 3
Programming in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5103C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 5038C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 5033C 3
Advanced Remote Sensing GIS 6039 3
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing GIS 6127 3
Topics in Geoinformation Science GIS 6120 3
Modeling
Modeling Groundwater Movement GLY 6836 3
Ecological Modeling EVR 6070 3
Ecological Theory PCB 6406 3
Statistics
Environmental Design and Biometry PCB 6456 4
Conservation and Ecology
Biogeography GEO 5305 3
Plants And People GEO 6317 3
Environmental Restoration EVR 6334 3
Flora of South Florida BOT 5155 2
Flora of South Florida Lab BOT 5155L 2
Coastal Plant Ecology BOT 6606 2
Coastal Plant Ecology Lab BOT 6606L 2
Conservation Biology PCB 6045 3
Marine Ecology PCB 6317 3
Advanced Ecology PCB 6046 3
Marine Ecology Lab and Field Studies PCB 6317L 2
Scientific Communication BSC 6846 3
Freshwater Ecology PCB 6307 3
Freshwater Ecology Lab PCB 6307L 2
Symbiosis BSC 6365 3
Environmental Physiology PCB 6749C 4
Marine Geology GLY 5736C 3
Advanced Topics in Applied, Coastal
and Hydrogeology
GLY 5934 3
Regolith Geology GLY 6707 3
Coastal Environments GLY 6737 3
Shore Erosion and Protection GLY 5575C 3
Global Environmental Change GLY 6746 3
Environmental Geophysics
GLY 6457 3
Methods in Hydrogeology GLY 6838 3
Natural History of the Indian River Lagoon OCB 6810 3
Marine Global Change OCE 6019 3
Seminar in Ichthyology ZOO 6459 1-2
Marine Invertebrate Zoology ZOO 6256 3
Marine Invertebrate Zoology Lab ZOO 6256L 2
Natural History of Fishes ZOO 6456 3
Natural History of Fishes Lab ZOO 6456L 2
Seminar in Avian Ecology ZOO 6544C 1
Policy and Planning
Human-Environmental Interactions GEA 6277 3
Culture, Conservation and Land Use GEO 6337 3
Geographic Analysis of Population GEO 5435C 3
Coastal Hazards GLY 6888 3
Introduction to Transportation Planning URP 6711 3
Environmental Analysis in Planning URP 6425 3
Environmental Policy and Programs URP 6429 3
Sustainable Cities URP 4403 3
Urban and Regional Theory URP 6840 3
Women, Environment, Ecofeminism, Environmental Justice WST 6348 3
Environmental Philosophy PHM 6035 3

For more information about this program, visit here.

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Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Integrative Biology

Integrative Biology Faculty:
Ayyanathan, K.; Azzarolo, A.; Baldwin, J.; Binninger, D.; Blanks, J.; Blanks, R.; Brew, K.; Broadfield, D.; Brooks, W. R.; Caputi, M.; Dorn, N.; Esiobu, N.; Fields, G.B.; Gawlik, D.; Godenschwege, T.; Guthrie, K.; Haerry, T.; Hartmann, J.; Herzing, D.; Huang, X.; Hughes, C.; Iragavarapu-Charyulu, V.; Isgor, C.; Kajiura, S.; Kantorow, M.; Koch-Rose, M.; Kumi-Diaka, J.; Lemanski, L.; Li, Z.; Liebovitch, L.; Lu, M.; Lyons, H.; Mari, F.; Milton, S.; Murphey, R. K.; Narayanan, R.; Noonburg, E.; Orlando, E.; Perry, G.; Prentice, H.; Proffitt, E.; Roesijadi, G.; Salmon, M.; Shen, W.; Shibata, Y.; Tao, R.; Vertes, R.; Volin, J.; Warren, D., Emeritus; Wei, J.; Weissbach, H.; Wu, J.; Wyneken, J.;
Zhang, X.H.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Faculty:
Bossart, G.; Cook, C.; Davis, M.; Frank, T.; Hanisak, D.; Lopez, J.; McCarthy, P.; Pomponi, S.; Sutton, T.; Widder, E.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Faculty:
Bausher, M.; Bowman, K.; Chellemi, D.; LaPointe, S.; McKenzie, C.; Niedz, R.; Shatters, R.

Integrative biology refers to interdisciplinary, multilevel approaches to education and research in the biological sciences. The Integrative Biology program focuses on the relationship between cell/molecular functions and experimental biology in the broad sense, with a view to connectivity between levels of biological organization and biological processes. Core courses and research elements will emphasize this theme. The curriculum is individually tailored to each student's research interests and built around a set of core courses that emphasize the theme of integrative biology, plus statistics, elective courses chosen by the student and an advisory committee, seminar courses and dissertation research.

The Department of Biological Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology participate in this doctoral program. FAU's Partner Institutions-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, USDA-also contribute expertise to this program.

Admission Requirements
The decision to consider a student acceptable for admission to the Integrative Biology program includes the following criteria:

1. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a field of biological science or related field.

2. Applicants who meet the minimum University standard for grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and have scores of 150 each on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination are eligible to be considered for admission to the program. Successful applicants will normally show strong performance in their undergraduate coursework and on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination, which exceeds these scores.

3. Strength of letters of recommendation and personal statements from the applicants.

4. International students whose native language is not English must score at least 550 (paper version) or 213 (electronic version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Satisfactory TOEFL scores can offset verbal GRE scores at the discretion of the program's admission committee. Additionally, international students whose transcripts are from non-U.S. institutions must have their credentials evaluated course-by-course. International students must also demonstrate competency in spoken English.

5. Each student's major professor will be a member of the program's graduate faculty and will chair the supervisory and dissertation research committees.

Degree Requirements
Doctoral degrees at FAU require at least 80 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. The following are specific requirements of the program in Integrative Biology:

1. Coursework, to be decided under the direction of the student's supervisory committee, will include a minimum of 18 credits of coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher with the following requirements:

a. Nine credits will be in courses designated as core courses;

b. The remainder of the 18 credits will include elective courses that support the student's research plan. The student's major advisor and the supervisory committee must approve all elective courses;

c. The elective courses must be 5000-, 6000- or 7000-level courses in biology, biomedical science, chemistry or approved cognates;

d. Courses designated as proficiency or remedial may not be used to satisfy the course requirement.

2. Enrollment in three seminar/journal courses offered by the program prior to graduation. A seminar course is considered to be one based on student participation in activities, such as student presentations or student/faculty-led discussions of relevant topics.

3. Dissertation research under the direction of the student's dissertation research committee.

4. A minimum of 25 credits of doctoral dissertation.

5. Admission to candidacy follows successful defense of a dissertation research proposal. The defense of the dissertation will be held with the student's dissertation research committee.

6. Public presentation of the dissertation research.

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Biological Sciences

Faculty:
Murphey, R., Chair; Baldwin, J.; Benscoter, B.; Binninger, D.; Brooks, W. R.; Caruso, J.; Dorn, N.; Esiobu, N.; Frazier, E.; Gawlik, D.; Godenschwege, T.; Hartmann, J. X.; Hughes, C.; Jia, K.; Kajiura, S.; Koch-Rose, M.; Kumi-Diaka, J.; Lyons, H. J.; Milton, S.; Nambu, J.; Narayanan, R.; Noonburg, E.; Proffitt, E.; Salmon, M.; Theisen, T.; Weissbach, H.; Wyneken, J.; Zhang, X-H.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers undergraduate degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. A grade of "C-" or better (unless otherwise noted in the course description) is required in all biology AND cognate courses taken as part of the requirements for an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences. However, students must maintain a "C" average in Departmental major courses. The Department also offers an Honors Program, a minor in Biological Sciences and an undergraduate certificate program in Biotechnology.

Master's-level degree programs include the Master of Science (M.S.), the Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) and a Professional Science Master's Degree in Business Biotechnology.

Two combined programs are also available. In one, students earn a B.S./M.S. in Biological Sciences and in the other, a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Environmental Science.

Recency of Undergraduate Credits Transfer Policy
No credits more than 10 years old may be transferred into or applied to an FAU Biology undergraduate program. Any credits that are transferred in are considered earned in the first semester of enrollment at FAU.

Bachelor of Arts Degree/Link to Combined Programs/Link to Master's Programs
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is intended to provide maximum flexibility for students pursuing study in interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science or secondary school teaching. In addition to the University and College degree requirements, students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences must complete the following core requirements. All degree programs require a total of 120 credits, 45 of which must be upper-division credits.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Core Requirements 40-41
Biological Principles and Lab BSC 1010, 1010L 4
Biodiversity and Lab BSC 1011, 1011L 4
 
Select at least three of the following four courses:
Genetics PCB 3063 4
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023 3
Principles of Ecology PCB 4043 3
Evolution PCB 4674 3
 
General Chemistry 1 CHM 2045 3
General Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 2045L 1
General Chemistry 2 CHM 2046 3
General Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2046L 1
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference PSY 3234 3
Physical Science PSC 2121 3

Biology Electives
15
Select at least 15 credits from the list below:
Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
Vascular Plant Anatomy and Lab BOT 3223, 3223L 4
Marine Botany and Lab BOT 4404, 4404L 4
Principles of Plant Physiology and Lab BOT 4503, 4503L 4
Plant Biotechnology BOT 4734C 3
Biotechnology 1 Lab BSC 4403L 2
Biotechnology 2 Lab BSC 4427L 2
Biology of Cancer BSC 4806 3
Directed Independent Study BSC 4905 1-3
Honors Research
BSC 4917 3
Honors Thesis
BSC 4918
3
Special Topics
(Model Systems Genetics Lab)
BSC 4930 3
Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
General Microbiology and Lab MCB 3020,
3020L
4
Medical Bacteriology MCB 4203 3
Microbial Ecology MCB 4603 3
Marine Biodiversity and Lab OCB 4032, 4032L 4
Marine Biology and Lab OCB 4043, 4043L 4
Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Lab OCB 4525, 4525L 4
Marine Ecology and Lab OCB 4633, 4633L 4
Marine Science OCE 4006 4
Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352 3
Human Morphology and Function 1 and Lab PCB 3703, 3703L 4
Human Morphology and Function 2 and Lab PCB 3704, 3704L 4 or
Immunology PCB 4233 3
Molecular Genetics PCB 4522 4
Comparative Animal Physiology and Lab PCB 4723, 4723L 4
Reproductive Endocrinology PCB 4803 3
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease PCB 4842 3
Practical Cell Neuroscience PCB 4843C 3
Invertebrate Zoology and Lab ZOO 2203, 2203L 5
Functional Biology of Marine Animals
and Lab
ZOO 4402. 4402L 4
Ornithology and Lab ZOO 4472, 4472L 4
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis and Lab ZOO 4690, 4690L 5

Note: Biochemistry 1, BCH 3033, is a prerequisite for PCB 4023 and can serve as an elective. PHY 2053 may be substituted for PSC 2121.

Environmental Sciences Focus
Complete all of the above and the following electives.

Biology Elective
Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352 3 or
Environment and Society EVR 2017 3

General Electives
Macroeconomics ECO 2013 3
Microeconomics ECO 2023 3
Environmental Economics ECP 4302 3
Environmental Ethics PHI 3640 3

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Bachelor of Science Degree

(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is recommended for students planning to be professional biologists in industry or governmental service, for graduate work in the biological sciences and for students planning careers in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. In addition to the University and College degree requirements, students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences must complete the following degree requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Core Requirements (47-49 credits)
Biological Principles and Lab BSC 1010, 1010L 4
Biodiversity and Lab BSC 1011, 1011L 4
General Chemistry 1 and Lab CHM 2045, 2045L 4
General Chemistry 2 and Lab CHM 2046, 2046L 4
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3 or
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4 or
General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4
College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4 or
General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4
General Physics 1 Lab PHY 2048L 1
General Physics 2 Lab PHY 2049L 1
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference PSY 3234 3 or
Introduction to Biostatistics STA 3173 3
Select at least three of the courses below
(the other may be used as an elective)
Genetics PCB 3063 4
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023 3
Principles of Ecology PCB 4043 3
Evolution PCB 4674 3

Electives (select at least 21 credits from the list below)
Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
Vascular Plant Anatomy and Lab BOT 3223, 3223L 4
Marine Botany and Lab BOT 4404, 4404L 4
Principles of Plant Physiology and Lab BOT 4503, 4503L 4
Plant Biotechnology BOT 4734C 3
Biotechnology 1 Lab BSC 4403L 2
Biotechnology 2 Lab BSC 4427L 2
Biology of Cancer BSC 4806 3
Directed Independent Study BSC 4905 1-3
Honors Research
BSC 4917 3
Honors Thesis
BSC 4918
3
Special Topics
(Model Systems Genetics Lab)
BSC 4930 3
Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
General Microbiology and Lab MCB 3020, 3020L 4
Medical Bacteriology MCB 4203 3
Microbial Ecology MCB 4603 3
Marine Biodiversity and Lab OCB 4032, 4032L 4
Marine Biology and Lab OCB 4043, 4043L 4
Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Lab OCB 4525, 4525L 4
Marine Ecology and Lab OCB 4633, 4633L 4
Marine Science OCE 4006 4
Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352 3
Human Morphology and Function 1 and Lab PCB 3703, 3703L 4
Human Morphology and Function 2 and Lab PCB 3704, 3704L 4 or
Immunology PCB 4233 3
Molecular Genetics PCB 4522 4
Comparative Animal Physiology and Lab PCB 4723, 4723L 4
Reproductive Endocrinology PCB 4803 3
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease PCB 4842 3
Practical Cell Neuroscience PCB 4843C 3
Invertebrate Zoology and Lab ZOO 2203, 2203L 5
Functional Biology of Marine Animals
and Lab
ZOO 4402. 4402L 4
Ornithology and Lab ZOO 4472, 4472L 4
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis and Lab ZOO 4690, 4690L 5

Students should consult their faculty advisor concerning additional courses that may be applied to their degree requirements.

Biology Honors Thesis Program
The Department of Biological Sciences offers an Honors Thesis Program that recognizes research accomplishments of talented undergraduates. Eligible students must have a minimum of 20 credits in biology and an overall GPA of 3.2. Students usually begin the program in their junior year and conduct independent, supervised research during their junior and senior years. A written paper and a seminar describing the results of their research are required in the senior year. Interested students should contact the faculty member whose research interests are closest to those the student wishes to pursue.

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Biological Sciences Minor

A minor in Biological Sciences consists of a minimum of 19 credits in biology courses, to include Biodiversity with Lab (BSC 1011, 1011L), Biological Principles with Lab (BSC 1010, 1010L), Principles of Ecology (PCB 4043) and additional courses at the 3000 level or above, at least one of which must be a lab course. Of the 19 credits, at least 15 must be earned from FAU. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.

Biotechnology Certificate
The certificate program in Biotechnology is designed to provide undergraduate students with the necessary foundations for a career in biotechnology in conjunction with their academic major. Particular emphasis is placed on application of biotechnology to studies in botany, biochemistry, environmental sciences, marine biology, microbiology, medicine or pharmacology.

To enter the program, a student must have 15 credits of work at a senior institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a year each of general biology, general chemistry, general physics and mathematics through one semester of calculus. A grade of "C-" or better must be attained in each course in biology, chemistry and biotechnology, and an overall and upper-division GPA of at least 2.5 is required at graduation. Students must also earn a "B-" or better in the following four laboratory courses: BCH 3103L, BSC 4403L, BSC 4427L and MCB 3020L.

Students receiving a bachelor's degree in the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will meet the requirements for certification by completing the courses listed below, as well as their prerequisites. Students in other departments should meet with a biotechnology advisor to determine eligibility and requirements for this certification program.

Biochemistry Lab BCH 3103L 3
Biotechnology 1 Lab BCH 4403L 2
Biotechnology 2 Lab BCH 4405L 2
General Microbiology MCB 3020 3
General Microbiology Lab MCB 3020L 1
Genetics PCB 3063 4
Total Credits 15

Secondary Education Program
A program leading to teacher certification in biology is available through the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education.

Neuroscience and Behavior Major
The Neuroscience and Behavior major, offered through the Department of Psychology, provides groundwork for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in psychobiology and behavioral biology. This major is detailed under the Psychology Department section later in this College of Science section.

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Combined B.S./M.S. with Major in Biological Sciences


This combined degree program leads to both bachelor's (B.S.) and master's (M.S.) degrees in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in molecular biology and biotechnology. It is a laboratory intensive curriculum that provides hands-on training for students who are interested in a career in the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology. This program will also provide excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degree studies.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Requirements and Eligibility
Students would typically begin taking graduate courses in their senior year that would apply to both their B.S. and M.S. degrees. The program can be completed in five years by allowing 12 credits of graduate-level courses to fulfill course requirements for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program.

The program requires completion of a research project (6 credits). While there is no formal requirement for a thesis, the research must be described in both a written report and an oral presentation to an advisory committee.

Students are expected to work in a research lab during their last two years of the program completing Directed Independent Study and Thesis credits. The research may be completed in the laboratory of any member of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (CMBB). Additionally, the research may be done under the direction of a faculty member in Biological Sciences if the project is appropriate to molecular biology and biotechnology. Faculty in other departments may mentor students with approval of the Director or the chair.

Prospective students must formally apply to this graduate program and meet all admission requirements: a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores of at least 151 (verbal) and 148 (quantitative). Students should take the GRE before the end of their junior year.

Curriculum
The core curriculum for students in the combined B.S./M.S. degree program is the same as for all Biological Sciences students in a bachelor of science (B.S.) program. The difference in this combined program is the Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology path of study.

Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Core
Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034 3
Biochemistry Lab BCH 3103L 3
Biotechnology 1 Lab BSC 4403L 2
Biotechnology 2 Lab BSC 4427L 2
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
General Microbiology and Lab MCB 3020, 3020L 4
Genetics PCB 3063 4

Completion of the courses listed above as well general education courses required of all students will fulfill the B.S. requirements in the Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology path of study, in addition to the 15 credits identified in the Biotechnology certificate program. Those six courses must also be taken to fulfill the B.S./M.S. program.

Graduate courses that may count toward both B.S. and M.S. requirements (12 credits)
Students may select 12 credits from the graduate courses listed below:

Advanced Biochemistry BCH 6740 3
Bioinformatics BSC 6458C 4
Directed Independent Study BSC 6905 1-3
Instrumentation CHM 6157 3
Advanced Immunology PCB 6236 3
Neuroscience 1 PSB 6345 3
Neuroscience 2 PSB 6346 3 or
Principles of Neuroscience PSB 6037 3

Students who complete these courses but decide not to pursue the M.S. degree would be required to take one additional 3-credit elective (approved by their faculty advisor) to fulfill the B.S. requirements.

Additional graduate-level courses (15 credits)
In addition to the 12 credits of graduate courses that fulfill requirements for the B.S. degree, the student must take an additional 15 credits of graduate courses from the list shown above or other graduate courses approved by their advisory committee.

Research (6 credits)
An important element of this program is the hands-on laboratory experience. This requirement is met by the formal laboratory courses as well as individual training in a research laboratory, an experience that cannot be duplicated in laboratory courses. Six credits of Master's Thesis (BSC 6971) must be completed. A formal thesis is not required, but the research must be presented as both a written report and oral presentation to an advisory committee.

Comments on Total Credits
A student could complete the requirements of this program and earn both the B.S. and M.S. degree with a minimum of 141 credits. Many students will likely finish with more credits.

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Combined B.S. with Major in Biological Sciences and M.S. with Major in Environmental Science

This combined degree program leads to both a bachelor's (B.S.) in Biological Sciences degree and a master's (M.S.) in Environmental Science degree. It is a laboratory and field intensive curriculum that provides hands-on training for students who are interested in a career in the rapidly expanding field of environmental science. This program also provides excellent preparation for the Integrative Biology Ph.D. and the Geosciences Ph.D.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Admission Requirements and Eligibility
Students would take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and apply to the B.S./M.S. in their junior year.

In addition to meeting all of the University and College admissions requirements for graduate study, each applicant for the M.S. with Major in Environmental Science must:

1. Have a minimum GRE score of 151 on the verbal section and 148 on the quantitative section, or a cumulative quantitative-verbal score of 1000 or higher on the GRE if taken before October 2011. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted.

2. Have a minimum 3.0 average for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work.

3. Obtain approval from the Environmental Science Program.

Students would typically begin taking graduate courses in their senior year that would apply to both their B.S. and M.S. degrees. The program can be completed in five years by allowing 12 credits of graduate-level courses to fulfill course requirements for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program.

Curriculum
The core curriculum for students in the combined B.S./M.S. degree program satisfies the requirements for the bachelor of science (B.S.) in Biological Sciences. The difference in this combined program is the emphasis on environmental science and the 12 credits in graduate courses that count toward the M.S. program taken during the senior year.

Core Requirements (47-49 credits)
Biological Principles and Lab BSC 1010, 1010L 4
Biodiversity and Lab BSC 1011, 1011L 4
General Chemistry 1 and Lab CHM 2045, 2045L 4
General Chemistry 2 and Lab CHM 2046, 2046L 4
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3 or
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
Principles of Ecology PCB 4043 3
College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4 or
General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4
College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4 or
General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4
General Physics 1 Lab PHY 2048L 1
General Physics 2 Lab PHY 2049L 1
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference PSY 3234 3 or
Introduction to Biostatistics STA 3173 3
Select at least two of the courses below
(the other may be used as an elective)
Genetics PCB 3063 4
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023 3
Evolution PCB 4674 3

Electives (select at least 21 credits from the list below)
Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
Vascular Plant Anatomy and Lab BOT 3223, 3223L 4
Marine Botany and Lab BOT 4404, 4404L 4
Principles of Plant Physiology and Lab BOT 4503, 4503L 4
Plant Biotechnology BOT 4734C 3
Biotechnology 1 Lab BSC 4403L 2
Biotechnology 2 Lab BSC 4427L 2
Biology of Cancer BSC 4806 3
Directed Independent Study BSC 4905 1-3
Honors Research
BSC 4917 3
Honors Thesis
BSC 4918
3
Special Topics
(Model Systems Genetics Lab)
BSC 4930 3
Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
General Microbiology and Lab MCB 3020, 3020L 4
Microbial Ecology MCB 4603 3
Marine Biodiversity and Lab OCB 4032, 4032L 4
Marine Biology and Lab OCB 4043, 4043L 4
Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Lab OCB 4525, 4525L 4
Marine Ecology and Lab OCB 4633, 4633L 4
Marine Science OCE 4006 4
Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352 3
Immunology PCB 4233 3
Molecular Genetics PCB 4522 4
Comparative Animal Physiology and Lab PCB 4723, 4723L 4
Reproductive Endocrinology PCB 4803 3
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease PCB 4842 3
Invertebrate Zoology and Lab ZOO 2203, 2203L 5
Functional Biology of Marine Animals
and Lab
ZOO 4402. 4402L 4
Ornithology and Lab ZOO 4472, 4472L 4
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis and Lab ZOO 4690, 4690L 5

Students should consult their faculty advisor concerning additional courses that may be applied to their degree requirements.

Graduate courses that may count toward both the B.S. and the M.S. requirements (12 credits)
Students may select 12 credits from the graduate courses listed below to count for both the B.S. in Biological Sciences and the M.S. in Environmental Science. See the M.S. in Environmental Science degree requirements here for more courses that count toward the M.S. degree after the B.S. degree is completed.

Colloquium
Environmental Sciences Colloquium Series
(May be taken more than once.)
EVS 6920 1

Core Subject Areas
Chemistry
Chemistry for Environmental Scientists CHS 6611 3
Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to GIS in Planning URP 6270 3
Principles of Geographic Information Systems GIS 5051C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 5038C 3
Modeling
Modeling Groundwater Movement GLY 6836 3
Ecological Modeling EVR 6070 3
Ecological Theory PCB 6406 3
Statistics
Environmental Design and Biometry PCB 6456 4
Conservation and Ecology
Biogeography GEO 5305 3
Plants And People GEO 6317 3
Environmental Restoration EVR 6334 3
Flora of South Florida BOT 5155 2
Flora of South Florida Lab BOT 5155L 2
Coastal Plant Ecology BOT 6606 2
Coastal Plant Ecology Lab BOT 6606L 2
Conservation Biology PCB 6045 3
Marine Ecology PCB 6317 3
Advanced Ecology PCB 6046 3
Marine Ecology Lab and Field Studies PCB 6317L 2
Scientific Communication BSC 6846 3
Freshwater Ecology PCB 6307 3
Freshwater Ecology Lab PCB 6307L 2
Symbiosis BSC 6365 3
Environmental Physiology PCB 6749C 4
Marine Geology GLY 5736C 3
Coastal Environments GLY 6737 3
Shore Erosion and Protection GLY 5575C 3
Global Environmental Change GLY 6746 3
Environmental Geophysics
GLY 6457 3
Natural History of the Indian River Lagoon OCB 6810 3
Marine Global Change OCE 6019 3
Seminar in Ichthyology ZOO 6459 1-2
Marine Invertebrate Zoology ZOO 6256 3
Marine Invertebrate Zoology Lab ZOO 6256L 2
Natural History of Fishes ZOO 6456 3
Natural History of Fishes Lab ZOO 6456L 2
Seminar in Avian Ecology ZOO 6544C 1
Policy and Planning
Human-Environmental Interactions GEA 6277 3
Geographic Analysis of Population GEO 5435C 3
Culture, Conservation and Land Use GEO 6337 3
Coastal Hazards GLY 6888 3
Introduction to Transportation Planning URP 6711 3
Environmental Analysis in Planning URP 6425 3
Environmental Policy and Programs URP 6429 3
Sustainable Cities URP 4403 3
Urban and Regional Theory URP 6840 3
Women, Environment, Ecofeminism, Environmental Justice WST 6348 3
Environmental Philosophy PHM 6035 3

Thesis Option
A student curriculum consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following four categories:

Core Subject Areas: 22-28 credits from the core subject areas with at least one course from four different core subject areas.

Electives: No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree, and no more than 6 credits may be 4000-level courses. No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.

Thesis: 6-12 credits (EVS 6971).

Colloquium: 2 credits or more.

Non-Thesis Option
A student curriculum consists of a minimum of 36 credits taken in the following three categories:

Core Subject Areas: 25-31 credits from the core subject areas with at least one course from four different core subject areas.

Directed Independent Study:
3 credits (EVS 6905) required. Up to 3 additional credits may be taken as electives.

Electives: No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree.

Colloquium: 2 credits or more.

Master's Programs

Master of Science or Master of Science in Teaching

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, each applicant for the Master of Science or Master of Science in Teaching degree must:

1. Have scores of at least 151 (verbal) and 148 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted;

2. Have a minimum 3.0 average for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work;

3. Obtain approval of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Degree Requirements
There are three degree programs available: thesis option, non-thesis option 1 and non-thesis option 2. Specific requirements for each degree are described below.

Master of Science with Major in Biological Sciences (Thesis Option)

This M.S. degree requires a minimum of 36 total credits: 12 credits of coursework at the 6000 level (exclusive of any research credits), 6 credits of Master's Thesis (BSC 6971) and 2 credits of seminar. One seminar credit is given for presenting a thesis proposal, which should be given in the fall or spring of the first year. Another seminar credit is given for presenting a thesis results seminar, which should be given in the fall or spring of the second year. No further graduate seminar credits count toward fulfilling degree requirements. Students can defend their theses either immediately after the thesis results seminar or at another time (summer semesters included). The thesis defense is open to all Biology faculty, but only members of the student's committee can sign off on the thesis. All seminars and theses defenses must be announced via poster and email at least one week in advance. Effort should be made to schedule seminars to maximize attendance; all students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Of the remaining 16 credits required for the degree, no more than 6 master's thesis credits will be counted and no more than 8 may be taken in courses at the 4000 level. Remaining credits must be completed in courses at the 5000-6000 level.

Before a thesis topic is approved by the thesis committee, a student may explore the feasibility of a thesis project. Students doing such exploratory research can receive up to 3 credits in Directed Independent Study (BSC 6905) and up to 3 credits in Master's Thesis (BSC 6971). Thereafter, no more research credits can be taken until the research topic has been approved by the student's thesis committee. No more than 3 credits in DIS may be counted toward this degree. To be considered on schedule, the research topic should be approved by the thesis committee before the end of the student's second semester of graduate study.

Master of Science with Major in Biological Sciences (Non-Thesis Option 1)

This M.S. degree requires a minimum of 36 credits, 18 of which must be taken at the 6000 level. Additional requirements include:

1. Two courses in which the student presents a formal seminar;

2. Two courses at the 5000-6000 level (7 credits);

3. Three electives at the 4000, 5000 or 6000 level (9 credits).

No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.

Master of Science in Teaching with Major in Biological Sciences (Non-Thesis Option 2)

The M.S.T. requires a minimum of 30 credits, of which 15 credits must be 6000-level biology courses, two courses must entail presenting a formal seminar and 9 credits must be electives in 4000-, 5000- or 6000-level courses. In addition, students must take 6 credits in approved courses in education or another cognate field if they plan to teach in high school and hold a Rank III secondary certificate, or if they intend to teach in a community college. Six additional credits (beyond the 30-credit minimum) of Education Internship are required, except for those students with two years of teaching experience or who have completed student teaching or a teaching internship at the secondary school or junior college level.

No more than 3 credits in Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.

Professional Science Master with Major in Business Biotechnology


The Professional Science Master’s Degree (P.S.M.) with major in Business Biotechnology is a terminal degree for students interested in entering the workforce directly following completion of the degree. The program is tailored for the student with undergraduate training in biology or chemistry who is primarily interested in working in the business side of the emerging biotechnology industry. This interdisciplinary program, provided in conjunction with the College of Business, includes traditional classroom courses in both business and science, culminating in two internship experiences. One internship provides experience working side-by-side with a research scientist. The second internship exposes the student to the business side of the biotechnology industry.

Admission Requirements
1. Baccalaureate degree in biology or chemistry. Degrees in other scientific areas can be considered on an individual basis;

2. Graduating undergraduate science GPA of 3.2 or higher;

3. Minimum scores of 151 (verbal) and 148 (quantitative) on the GRE;

4. Personal statement of career goals and how the applicant feels this training will help achieve those goals;

5. Three letters of recommendation with at least one from a former professor.

Degree Requirements
The program requires a total of 34 credits.

Core Courses (10 credits required)
Venture Creation ENT 6016 3
Biotechnology Business Development ENT 6196 3
Two 2-credit internships*   4

* Each internship will last one semester. One internship will be science oriented with the student working directly with research scientists. The second will involve working on the business and administrative side of the company or institute, including technology transfer and business development offices. The goal is to place students in one of the biomedical institutes (e.g., Scripps Florida and the Max Plank Institute) or an emerging biotechnology business.

Science Courses (select 15 credits from the list below)**
Biochemistry of the Gene BCH 5415 3
Advanced Biochemistry BCH 6740 3
Bioinformatics BSC 6458C 4
Advanced Cell Physiology PCB 6207 3
Advanced Immunology PCB 6236 3
RNS Biology and Disease PCB 6525 3
Reproductive Endocrinology PCB 6804 3
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease PCB 6849 3
Special Topics, including Macromolecular Structure and Function and Protein Misfolding and Disease (3 credits each) PCB 6933 6
Principles of Neuroscience PSB 6037 3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3

** The science courses are electives, and their selection will vary depending on student demand, resources, faculty and new courses being developed. The list of science courses above would be appropriate for a student in this program. Other courses can be substituted with the approval of the faculty advisor.

Business Courses (9 credits required)
Financial Accounting Concepts ACG 6027 3
Technology Commercialization Strategies ENT 6186 3
Developing and Marketing Innovations MAR 6837 3

For additional information about this degree program, contact David Binninger, binninge@fau.edu.

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty:
Haky, J. E., Interim Chair; Ande, P.; Baker, E. W., Emeritus; Banter, J. C., Emeritus; Bieber, T. I., Emeritus; Carraher, C. E.; Chamely-Wiik, D. M.; de Lill, D.T.; Du, D.; Haces, A. M.; Huchital, D. H.; Lepore, S.; Lombardo, A., Emeritus; Louda, J. W.; Mari, F.; ; Perumareddi, J. R., Emeritus; Rezler, E. M.; Roche, S.P.; Snyder, P. A.; Sui, G.; Terentis, A. C.;Wiesenfeld, J. R., Emeritus.

Accreditation: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a Bachelor of Science program with a curriculum that is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry is the central science encompassing elements of physics, biology and mathematics as well as unique elements of its own. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers three undergraduate degree programs in Chemistry (one B.A. and two B.S.), which are designed to focus on individual student interests. At the master's level, the Department offers a Master of Science in Chemistry (M.S.) and a Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.). A doctoral degree program in Chemistry (Ph.D.) is also available. Link to graduate programs.

The bachelor of arts (B.A.) is a liberal arts degree intended for students planning professional careers in chemistry-related professions. These include health professions (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy), environmental consulting, technical sales and secondary school teaching. This degree is often pursued by students studying in related disciplines (e.g., biological sciences, geology, neuroscience and behavior) who wish to obtain a second major or a second degree.

The bachelor of science degrees (B.S.) are designed for students preparing for professional careers as chemists in industry, government or academic research. Students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry or related fields should also follow one of the B.S. degree programs.

Two B.S. degree programs in Chemistry are offered:

1. The ACS-Approved B.S. Program offers a rigorous program of study in all aspects of inorganic, organic, analytical, biochemical and physical chemistry. Its curriculum corresponds to certification guidelines of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS). An ACS-certified degree can offer advantages in job placement and graduate school admission.

2. The B.S. Program with a Concentration in Biochemistry is designed for students pursuing careers in biochemistry and related disciplines, such as molecular biology, biophysics and pharmacology. Additionally, premedical students who wish to pursue a research-oriented curriculum might be interested in this program.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Core Curriculum
All Chemistry majors must take a minimum of 16 credits of chemistry at Florida Atlantic University. The following courses are required for all Chemistry majors:

Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
General Chemistry 1 CHM 2045 3
General Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 2045L 1
General Chemistry 2 CHM 2046 3
General Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2046L 1
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
Quantitative Analysis CHM 3120 2
Quantitative Analysis Lab CHM 3120L 2
General Physics 1 Lab PHY 2048L 1
General Physics 2 Lab PHY 2049L 1

Bachelor of Arts with Major in Chemistry/Link to Master's Programs/Link to Doctoral Program

In addition to the core curriculum, the B.A. degree program requires the following courses:

Biochemistry Lab BCH 3103L 3
Introduction to Physical Chemistry CHM 3400 3
Inorganic Chemistry CHM 3609 3
Inorganic Chemistry Lab CHM 3609L 1
College Algebra MAC 1105 3
Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3
College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4
College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4

Bachelor of Science with Major in Chemistry: ACS-Approved Program

In addition to the core curriculum, the ACS-Approved B.S. degree program requires the following courses:

Chemical Literature CHM 3060 1
Physical Chemistry 1 CHM 3410 3
Physical Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 3410L 2
Physical Chemistry 2 CHM 3411 3
Physical Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 3411L 2
Inorganic Chemistry CHM 3609 3
Inorganic Chemistry Lab CHM 3609L 1
Bioanalytical Instrumentation CHM 4139 2
Bioanalytical Instrumentation Lab CHM 4139L 2
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4
General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4
General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4

One of the following:
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3 MAC 2313 3
Differential Equations 1 MAP 2302 3

Three of the following:    
Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034 3
Environmental Chemistry CHM 3080 3
Organic Chemistry 3 CHM 4220 3
Materials Chemistry CHM 4714 3
Directed Independent Study CHM 4905 3

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Bachelor of Science with Major in Chemistry: Concentration in Biochemistry

In addition to the core curriculum, the B.S. in Chemistry (Biochemistry concentration) program requires the following courses:

Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034 3
Biochemistry Lab BCH 3103L 3
Advanced Biochemistry BCH 4035 3
Biological Principles BSC 1010 3
Biological Principles Lab BSC 1010L 1
Chemical Literature CHM 3060 1
Physical Chemistry 1 CHM 3410 3
Physical Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 3410L 2
Physical Chemistry 2 CHM 3411 3
Physical Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 3411L 2
Bioanalytical Instrumentation CHM 4139 2
Bioanalytical Instrumentation Lab CHM 4139L 2
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4
General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4 or
College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4
General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4 or
College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4

One of the following:
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3 MAC 2313 3
Differential Equations 1 MAP 2302 3

Two of the following:
Inorganic Chemistry CHM 3609 3
Directed Independent Study CHM 4905 3
General Microbiology MCB 3020 3
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023 3

Secondary Education Program
A program leading to teacher certification in chemistry is available. For information, contact the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education.

Master's Programs

Master of Science with Major in Chemistry/Link to Doctoral Program

Admission Requirements
In addition to the University's general graduate admission requirements, the typical prerequisite to graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the bachelor of science degree in chemistry or its equivalent. Students must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work, a "B" average in chemistry courses taken at the junior and senior undergraduate levels, or scores of at least 150 (verbal) and 152 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam.

Degree Program
Master of science (M.S.) students will be required to complete the three core courses as well as three electives. These electives may be selected from graduate-level courses offered in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or other departments in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Elective courses must be approved by the student's advisory committee.

Introduction to Chemical Research 1
Core Courses
Instrumentation 3
Synthesis and Characterization 3
Kinetics and Energetics 3
Electives 9
Graduate seminar (non-thesis) 1
Graduate seminar (thesis) 1
Master's Thesis 10
Minimum Total 31

Master of Science in Teaching (Chemistry)

Admission Requirements
In addition to the University's general graduate admission requirements, the typical prerequisite to graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the bachelor of arts degree in chemistry or its equivalent. Students must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work or scores of at least 148 (verbal) and 147 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam.

Degree Program
The M.S.T. in Chemistry program provides post-baccalaureate education for secondary teachers, community college instructors and other individuals who wish to pursue these careers. The degree program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including a research project. The project may focus on educational issues or basic research. Participants who are planning on a secondary teaching career and are not yet certified should complete a 6-credit teaching internship and meet other certification requirements. Students planning a career in community college teaching should take courses on community college issues in lieu of the education courses. All chemistry and elective courses must be approved by the student's advisory committee.

Introduction to Chemical Research 1
Graduate Chemistry Courses 12
Graduate Research 5
Electives 3
Education Courses or Electives 6

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Chemistry

The Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry focuses on Chemical Biology and allows students to pursue a research program in all of the disciplines of chemistry.

Admission Requirements
The minimum admission requirements for the Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are the same as those described for the M.S. program.

Degree Program
Students will be required to complete three core courses as well as three electives. If students have completed graduate-level courses previously, they may be substituted for one or more electives at the discretion of the advisory committee. Elective courses must be approved by the student's advisory committee. Students must also complete Introduction to Chemical Research and present a seminar to the Department (1 credit each).

Core Courses
Instrumentation 3
Synthesis and Characterization 3
Kinetics and Energetics 3

Electives (minimum) 9
Introduction to Chemical Research 1
Graduate seminar (non-thesis) 1
Graduate seminar (thesis) 1
Dissertation research (minimum) 25
Minimum Total 80

Each student's research advisory committee will have at least four members, three of whom are members of the Chemistry Ph.D. program's graduate faculty. One committee member must be from outside the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Admission to Candidacy
The Candidacy Exam must be attempted within three months of finishing all coursework and successfully completed within five months. This exam will be specifically designed for each student and will focus on the student's selected area of research. Students will be admitted to candidacy upon successful completion of the Candidacy Exam and at that time must enroll in CHM 7980, Dissertation.

In addition to presenting a proposed plan for thesis research activities to the advisory committee, students must also complete an independent research proposal in a field distinct from their thesis research. This proposal is to be completed within three months of completing the Candidacy Exam. The goal of this exercise is for the student to prepare an original written research proposal and successfully defend this orally to his/her committee. This is designed to test the student's ability to identify and design a research project, which will test problem-solving skills and ability to distill relevant literature and design appropriate experiments to address specific research questions.

Students must also write a dissertation describing their research, which must be approved by the research advisory committee. The dissertation must be successfully defended by the student in an oral exam with the research advisory committee.

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Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

Faculty:
Blanks, J. C., Director; Kelso, J. A. S., Eminent Scholar in Science; Barenholtz, E.; Bressler, S.; deGuzman, G.; Fuchs, A.; Hock, H.; Jirsa, V.; Large, E. W.; Lewkowicz, D. J.; Pandya, A. S.; Perry, G. W.; Prentice, H. M.; Shen, W.; Stackman, R.; Tognoli, E.; Vertes, R. P.; Wu, J. Y.

Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences offers a Ph.D. degree that encompasses diverse areas of study. The areas of study are organized around a unifying conceptual framework that is both timely and exciting since the mathematical and computational tools of non-linear dynamics will provide major breakthroughs in the understanding of mind, brain and behavior. Students will acquire research skills in specific experimental systems in the brain and behavioral sciences while developing theoretical concepts and tools within a specially tailored graduate program.

Admission to Doctoral Study
In addition to meeting all of the University and College requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree must meet each of the following criteria:

1. The student must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;

2. The student must have a quantitative score of 155 or higher on the Graduate Record Examination;

3. The student must have a minimum 3.0 average in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work; and

4. The student must be approved for admission to the program by the faculty of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences.

Degree Requirements
Students must complete, with grades of "B" or better, a minimum of 80 graduate credits. This must include the following five core courses: Cognitive Neuroscience, Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos, Methods in Complex Systems, Neuroscience 1 and 2. Students must also participate in a weekly proseminar and journal club. Five additional 3-credit courses must be completed successfully, chosen from those courses offered by program faculty. The remaining credits may be completed through additional courses, directed research and doctoral thesis credits. In addition, the student must complete a research paper, directed by program faculty, by the end of the second year.

A central requirement for the Ph.D. degree program is submission and defense of a dissertation based on original work in an area of specialization acceptable to the student's doctoral committee. Approval of a dissertation proposal by the doctoral committee must precede the experimental and/or theoretical work required.

Admission to Candidacy
Admission to doctoral candidacy depends on the student's successful completion of the core coursework, successful completion of the qualifying research paper, satisfactory annual reviews of the student's progress by program faculty and selection of a program faculty member who is willing to chair the student's doctoral dissertation.

Transfer Credits
Any transfer credits toward requirements for the Ph.D. degree program must be approved by the program faculty as well as by the University. A maximum of 30 credits may be transferred.

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Environmental Science
(See Interdisciplinary Programs at the beginning of this Charles E. Schmidt College of Science section for the undergraduate Environmental Sciences certificate, the graduate Environmental Restoration certificate and the Master of Science with Major in Environmental Science.)

Geosciences

Faculty:
Roberts, C. E., Interim Chair; Berry, L.; Comas, X.; Fadiman, M.; Gammack-Clark, J.; Hanson, H.; Hindle, T.; Ivy, R. L.; Lee, D. R., Emeritus; Markwith, S.; Oleinik, A.; Petuch, E. J.; Restrepo, J. I.; Root, T.; Schultz, R. R., Emeritus; Tata, R. J., Emeritus; Warburton, D. L.; Xie, Z.; Zhang, C.

The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduate degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in either Geography or Geology. An upper-division Honors Program is available to qualified B.A. and B.S. in Geography students. Qualified B.A. and B.S. in Geology students are offered an upper-division Honors Program as well. Minors in Geography, Geographic Information Science and Geology are also available as well as a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. Descriptions and requirements for all these programs follow.

For students interested in an accelerated program, Geosciences offers a combined, five-year program that leads to both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Geography.

A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses taken in the Department that are part of the minimum degree requirements. This includes the science core requirements listed in the B.S. in Geography and the Geology general science requirements.

Students who enter FAU as freshmen and major in Geography or Geology must meet the University's Intellectual Foundations Program requirements as listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog. All Geography and Geology students seeking the B.A. or B.S. degree must also meet the University's foreign language requirement as listed in the Degree Requirements section.

In the graduate area, Geosciences offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) with major in Geography and a Master of Science (M.S.) with major in Geology. Both of these degree programs have a thesis and non-thesis option. The Department also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geosciences and two graduate certificates, one in Geographic Information Systems and the other in Remote Sensing. Descriptions of all these programs are provided below.

Link to Undergraduate Geology Programs

Link to Master's Programs in Geography and Geology and to Graduate Certificates

Link to Doctoral Program in Geosciences

Bachelor of Arts with Major in Geography
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

Link to Bachelor of Science with Major in Geography

Link to Honors Program in Geography

Link to Geography Minors and Certificate

Link to Combined Program

The core courses below (18 credits) are required of all students for the B.A. in Geography. Students then complete 6 credits from each of the three areas of concentration within geography (environmental systems, human systems and GIScience - 18 credits). The remaining 15 credits are additional courses chosen from the three areas of concentration mentioned above. Total credits for the B.A. in Geography are 51.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

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Core Courses (all required)
World Geography GEA 2000 3
Introduction to Physical Geography GEO 2200C 3
Weather and Climate

MET 2010

3

Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Quantitative Methods GEO 4022 3
Human-Environmental Interactions in South Florida GEA 4275 3
Core Total 18

Concentration Areas (select 6 credits from each of the three areas below)
Environmental Systems
Biogeography GEO 4300 3
Coastal and Marine Science GLY 3730 3
Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science ESC 3704 3
Geomorphology GLY 4700C 3
Hydrogeology GLY 4822 3
Water Resources GEO 4280C 3
Human Systems
American Cultural Landscape GEO 4422 3
Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean GEA 4405 3
Tourism and Commercial Recreation GEO 4542 3
Transportation and Spatial Organization GEO 4700 3
Urban Geography GEO 4602 3
GIScience
Principles of GIS GIS 4043C 3
Applications in GIS GIS 4048C 3
Geovisualization and GIS GIS 4138C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3
Programming in GIS GIS 4102C 3
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation GIS 4021C 3
Spatial Data Analysis GEO 4167C 3
Introduction to Hydrogeology Modeling and Aquifer Test GLY 4832C 3
Minimum credits required from Concentration Areas 18

Geography Concentrations
The remaining requirements for the B.A. in Geography are 15
credits of additional courses chosen from the three areas of concentration within geography (environmental systems, human systems and GIScience) listed in the table above. The courses should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor based on the student's interests and career goals.

Concentration Total 15

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Bachelor of Science with Major in Geography

(Minimum of 120 credits required)

All B.S. in Geography students must complete a science core (20 credits), geography core (18 credits), and geoscience electives (27 credits) as listed below. Total credits for the B.S. in Geography are 65.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Science Core Courses (all required)
Biodiversity and Lab BSC 1011/1011L or
Biological Principles and Lab BSC 1010/1010L 4
General Chemistry 1 and Lab CHM 2045/2045L 4
Methods of Calculus (or higher) MAC 2233 3
Introductory Statistics STA 2023 3
Introduction to Physical Geography GEO 2200C 3
Weather and Climate MET 2010 3
Science Core Total   20

Geography Core Courses (all required)
Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Principles of GIS GIS 4043C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Quantitative Methods GEO 4022 3
Biogeography GEO 4300 3
Human-Environmental Interactions in South Florida GEA 4275 3
Geography Core Total   18

Geoscience Electives (select 27 credits from the courses below)
Coastal and Marine Science GLY 3730 3
Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science ESC 3704 3
Geomorphology GLY 4700C 3
Hydrogeology GLY 4822 3
Field Methods GLY 4750C 3
Water Resources GEO 4280C 3
Tourism and Commercial Recreation GEO 4542 3
Transportation and Spatial Organization GEO 4700 3
Urban Geography GEO 4602 3
Applications in GIS GIS 4048C 3
Geovisualization and GIS GIS 4138C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3
Programming in GIS GIS 4102C 3
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation GIS 4021C 3
Spatial Data Analysis GEO 4167C 3
Introduction to Hydrogeology Modeling and Aquifer Test GLY 4832C 3
Geoscience Electives Total 27

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Honors Program in Geography

Qualified students may apply to participate in the upper-division Honors Program in Geography for both the B.A. and B.S. degrees. The Honors Program recognizes research accomplishments of talented undergraduates. Students normally begin the program in their sophomore or junior year and conduct independent research with mentor supervision during their junior and senior years.

To enter the program, students must have:

1. A minimum of 9 credits in geography courses with GEA, GEO, GIS, EVR, ESC prefixes;

2. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, and must maintain a 3.3 to remain in the program;

3. The support of a faculty mentor. Interested students should contact the faculty member whose research interests are closest to those the student wishes to pursue.  

To be awarded the Honors undergraduate degree, students must:

1. Complete all requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in Geography;

2. Complete 6 credits of: GEO 4920, Geosciences Honors Colloquium (1 credit, repeated twice); GEO 4948C, Field Experience (1 credit); GEO 4905, Directed Independent Study (3 credits);

3. Meet the capstone requirement, which entails presenting research findings from the Field Experience and the Directed Independent Study in both a written thesis format as well as an oral presentation at the Geosciences Colloquium Series or an appropriate academic conference approved by both the faculty mentor and the Department Chair;

4. Complete an honors compact with their faculty mentor, which is an agreement that the projects will be conducted at the honors level.   

In the Honors Colloquium course, students are exposed to talks from prominent researchers and professionals in the various subfields of the geosciences, introducing them to current important research themes in the geosciences, as well as reinforcing the scientific method and appropriate methodologies for problem solving in the geosciences. Speakers change every semester. Students enroll in the Field Experience course while doing the field work, lab work and/or data collection for their research project and in the Directed Independent Study course while working in the analysis and write-up phases of their research.

Geography Minor

Students minoring in Geography will earn a "C" or better in a minimum of 15 credits. Note: Courses used to fulfill requirements for a major may not be used for the minor. Requirements include:

1. GIS 3015C and 12 additional credits in geography beyond the minimum requirements for the major;

2. Within the 12 credits, a minimum of 6 credits with a GEA or GEO prefix at the 4000 level;

3. The remaining 6 credits from all Department course listings with ESC, EVR, MET, GEA or GEO prefixes.

4. Of the 15 credits, a minimum of 12 earned at FAU.

Geographic Information Science Minor

Students minoring in Geographic Information Science will complete a minimum of 15 credits with a grade of "C" or better in each course. Of the 15 credits, a minimum of 12 must be earned at FAU. Note: Courses used to fulfill requirements for a major may not be used for the minor. Required courses are:

Required Courses
Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Principles of GIS GIS 4043C 3
Choose 9 credits from the list below:
Spatial Data Analysis GEO 4167C 3
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation GIS 4021C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3
Applications in GIS GIS 4048C 3
Programming in GIS GIS 4102C 3
Geovisualization and GIS GIS 4138C 3

Geographic Information Systems Certificate
The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduates a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Departmental majors or other students who complete the four required courses (12 credits) below with a grade of "C" or better in each course are entitled to the GIS certificate. Students should consult their Departmental advisor or another faculty member about registration for this program. Students may use these courses in the completion of a major.

Required Courses
Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Principles of Geographic Information Systems GIS 4043C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3

Combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts with Major in Geography

This accelerated, five-year program leads to both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. Students apply to the B.A./M.A. program in the second semester of their junior year and begin taking graduate courses in their senior year that would apply to both the B.A. and M.A. degree. Up to 12 credits of graduate work taken in the senior year can be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree. The program can be completed in five years by using 9 credits from the bachelor’s degree to count toward the master’s degree. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate courses. Because of the accelerated nature of the program, students should take the GRE by the end of their first semester in their junior year.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Requirements and Eligibility
In addition to the University and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science requirements, students seeking a B.A./M.A. degree in Geography must complete the following courses.

The core courses below, 18 credits, are required of all students for the B.A. in Geography. Students then complete 6 credits from each of the three areas of concentration within geography (environmental systems, human systems and GIScience) for another 18 credits. The remaining 15 credits are additional courses chosen from the three areas of concentration mentioned above constituting a specialization in geography.

The graduate courses that would apply to both the B.A. and M.A. degree must be 5000 level or higher. Some courses, denoted with asterisks, have a 5000-level version that can be counted toward the graduate degree.
Core Courses (all required)
World Geography GEA 2000 3
Introduction to Physical Geography GEO 2200C 3
Weather and Climate

MET 2010

3

Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Quantitative Methods GEO 4022 3
Human-Environmental Interactions in South Florida GEA 4275 3
Core Total 18

Concentration Areas
(Select 6 credits from each of the three areas below. Starred [*] courses may be taken for graduate credit in the senior year.)
Environmental Systems
Biogeography* GEO 4300 or GEO 5305 3
Coastal and Marine Science GLY 3730 3
Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science ESC 3704 3
Geomorphology GLY 4700C 3
Hydrogeology GLY 4822 3
Water Resources GEO 4280C 3
Human Systems
American Cultural Landscape GEO 4422 3
Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean GEA 4405 3
Tourism and Commercial Recreation GEO 4542 3
Transportation and Spatial Organization GEO 4700 3
Urban Geography GEO 4602 3
GIScience
Principles of Geographic Information Systems* GIS 4043C or GIS 5051C 3
Applications in Geographic Information Systems* GIS 4048C or GIS 5100C 3
Geovisualization and GIS GIS 4138C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment* GIS 4035C or GIS 5038C 3
Digital Image Analysis* GIS 4037C or GIS 5033C 3
Programming in Geographic Information Systems* GIS 4102C or GIS 5103C 3
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation GIS 4021C 3
Spatial Data Analysis GEO 4167C 3
Introduction to Hydrogeology Modeling and Aquifer Test GLY 4832C 3
Minimum credits required from Concentration Areas 18

Geography Concentrations
The remaining requirements for the B.A. in Geography are 15
credits of additional courses chosen from the three areas of concentration within geography (environmental systems, human systems and GIScience) listed in the table above. The courses should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor based on the student's interests and career goals.
Concentration Total 15

Additional Graduate-Level Courses for the Master's Degree
(Up to 12 credits can be taken as a senior)
Human-Environmental Interactions GEA 6277 3
Research in the Geosciences GEO 6118 3
Geosciences Colloquium Series GEO 6920 1
Geography Seminar Core
(Choose a minimum of five courses from the following list. Note: DIS courses cannot be substituted for any course on this list.)
Environmental Restoration EVR 6334 3
Restoration Implementation and Management EVR 6358 3
Seminar in Geographic Methodology GEO 6117 3
Plants and People GEO 6317 3
Culture, Conservation and Land Use GEO 6337 3
Seminar in Urban Area Analysis GEO 6608 3
Seminar in Regional or Systematic Geography GEO 6938 3
LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications GIS 6032C 3
Advanced Remote Sensing GIS 6039 3
Topics in Geoinformation Science GIS 6120 3
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing GIS 6127 3
Total Graduate Credits Required for the Combined Program 34

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Bachelor of Arts with Major in Geology: Earth and Space Science

(Minimum of 120 credits required)

Link to Bachelor of Science with Major in Geology

Link to Honors Program in Geology

Link to Minor in Geology

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Geology (Earth Science) is designed for students planning professional careers in earth science education at the middle school or high school levels.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Minimum General Science Requirements
Biodiversity and Lab BSC 1011/1011L or
Biological Principles and Lab BSC 1010/1010L 4
General Chemistry 1 and Lab CHM 2045/2045L 4
General or College Physics and Lab PHY 2048 or PHY 2053
& 2048L
5
College Algebra MAC 1105 3
Introductory Statistics STA 2023 3
Total 19

Geology (Earth and Space Science) Major Course Requirements
Introduction to Astronomy AST 2002 3
Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth GLY 2010C 4
History of the Earth and Life GLY 2100 3
Coastal and Marine Science GLY 3730 3
Field Methods GLY 4750C 3
Weather and Climate MET 2010 3
Subtotal 22
Minimum of five courses chosen from the list below:
Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science ESC 3704 3
Geology of Florida GLY 3155C 3
Water, Waves and Caves: The Geologic Formation of National Parks and Monuments GLY 3165 3
Paleontology GLY 3603C 3
Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry GLY 4200C 4
Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks GLY 4310C 4
Structural Geology GLY 4400C 4
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation GLY 4500C 4
Geomorphology GLY 4700C 3
Hydrogeology GLY 4822 3
Subtotal   15-19
Total in Major   37-41

Additional undergraduate courses in geology, geography, general science and other subjects should be chosen in consultation with the advisor.

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Bachelor of Science with Major in Geology
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is designed for students planning professional careers in geology, hydrogeology and environmental consulting. The degree program also provides an excellent foundation for progressing to graduate work in geology, geosciences and environmental science.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

In addition to the University's core curriculum requirements, all Geology majors applying for the B.S. degree must complete the following:

General Science Core*
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4
Physics for Engineers 1 PHY 2043 3
Physics for Engineers 2 PHY 2044 3
General Chemistry 1 and Lab CHM 2045, 2045L 4
Introductory Statistics STA 2023 3
Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth GLY 2010C 4
History of the Earth and Life GLY 2100 3
Subtotal 28

* In addition, Biodiversity and Lab (BSC 1011/1011L, 4 credits) and General Chemistry 2 and Lab (CHM 2046/2046L, 4 credits) are strongly recommended.

Geology Core
Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry GLY 4200C 4
Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks GLY 4310C 4
Stratigraphy/Sedimentation GLY 4500C 4
Structural Geology GLY 4400C 4
Field Methods GLY 4750C 3
Field Camp GLY 4790 6
Subtotal 25

Geoscience Core
Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Solid Earth Geophysics GLY 4451 3
Hydrogeology GLY 4822 3
Subtotal 9

Electives
Choose 15 credits from the following list. Nine of the 15 credits must be at the 4000 level.
Paleontology GLY 3603C 3
Geology of Florida GLY 3155C 3
Coastal and Marine Science GLY 3730 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GLY 4035C 3
Principles of GIS GIS 4043C 3
Environmental Geochemistry GLY 4241 3
Geomorphology GLY 4700C 3
Engineering Geology GLY 4830 3
Introduction to Hydrogeology Modeling and Aquifer Testing GLY 4832C 3
Water Resources GEO 4280C 3
Subtotal 15
Total in Major 77

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Honors Program in Geology

Qualified students may apply to participate in the upper-division Honors Program in Geology for both the B.A. and B.S. degrees. The Honors Program recognizes research accomplishments of talented undergraduates. Students normally begin the program in their sophomore or junior year and conduct independent research with mentor supervision during their junior and senior years.

To enter the program, students must:

1. Have a minimum of 9 credits in geology courses with GLY prefixes;

2. Have completed the Geology core courses and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, which must be maintained to remain in the program. The GPA will be monitored throughout student’s study in the Honors Program;

3. Formally apply for the Honors Program with a letter addressed to the Honors Committee. The application and overall GPA will be assessed by an appointed faculty committee;

4. Have the support of a faculty mentor. Interested students should contact the faculty member whose research interests are closest to those the student wishes to pursue;  

5. Complete an honors contract with their faculty mentor, which is a joint commitment between the student and mentor that the projects will be conducted at the honors level.

To be awarded the Honors in Geology designation, students must:

1. Complete all requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in Geology;

2. Complete 2 credits of GEO 4920, Geosciences Honors Colloquium (1 credit, repeated twice), which is an honors-specific course;

In the Honors Colloquium course, students are exposed to talks from prominent researchers and professionals in the various subfields of the geosciences, introducing them to current important research themes in the geosciences, as well as reinforcing the scientific method and appropriate methodologies for problem solving in the geosciences. Speakers change every semester.

3. Complete 4 credits selected from GEO 4948C, Field Experience (1-4 credit total) and GLY 4905, Directed Independent Study (1-4 credits total);

Students should consult with their faculty mentor to determine whether they should enroll in Field Experience or Directed Independent Study credits for the preliminary portions of their research projects(data collection, model development, method development, etc.). While working in the analysis and write-up portions of their research projects, students should enroll in Directed Independent Study credits.

4. Meet the capstone requirement, which entails presenting research findings from the independent research in both a written thesis format, as well as an oral presentation at the Geosciences Colloquium Series or an appropriate academic conference, including FAU undergraduate research day, approved by both the faculty mentor and the Department chair.

Geology Minor

Students minoring in Geology will earn a "C" or better in a minimum of 15 credits. Note: Courses used to fulfill requirements for a major may not be used for the minor. Requirements include:

1. GLY 2010C and 12 additional credits in geology beyond the minimum requirements for the major;

2. Within the 12 credits, a minimum of 6 credits with a GLY prefix at the 4000 level;

3. The remaining 6 credits from all Department course offerings with ESC, EVR or GLY prefixes.

4. Of the 15 credits, a minimum of 12 earned at FAU.

Master's Programs

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for master's degrees in the Department of Geosciences must meet the following requirements:

1. Hold a bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university;

2. Have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work attempted;

3. Have obtained a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 146 or higher on the verbal portion and 144 or higher on the quantitative portion, or a quantitative-verbal combined score of 1000 or higher on the general portion of the previous version of the GRE. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted;

4. Receive the recommendation of the Department faculty.

General Degree Requirements (for all master's degrees)
1. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout their graduate program. Failure to do so will subject the student to dismissal from the program.

2. Students must achieve a grade of at least "C+" in order for a course to be counted as part of the minimum credits toward the degree.

Link to Graduate Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Link to Graduate Remote Sensing Certificate

Link to Combined Program in Geography

Link to Master's Program in Geology

Link to Doctoral Program in Geosciences

Master of Arts with Major in Geography

The Department offers a thesis and a non-thesis option for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography that provides excellent training for careers in GIScience, urban and regional planning and analysis, environmental consulting, community development, government, business and teaching, as well as training for advanced graduate work.

For the thesis and non-thesis options, students must complete a minimum of half of their graduate credits in geography at the 6000 level. No more than 3 credits of directed independent study (such as GEO 6908 or GLY 6908) may be used to fulfill the minimum credits for either degree option. Non-thesis students must complete a minimum of half of the credit requirements for the degree (i.e., 17 credits) prior to taking GEA 6277, Human-Environmental Interactions.

Thesis Option Requirements
Geography Seminar Core
(Choose a minimum of four courses from the following list.
Note: DIS courses cannot be substituted for any course on this list.)
Environmental Restoration EVR 6334 3
Restoration Implementation and Management EVR 6358 3
Human-Environmental Interactions GEA 6277 3
Seminar in Geographic Methodology GEO 6117 3
Plants and People GEO 6317 3
Culture, Conservation and Land Use GEO 6337 3
Seminar in Urban Area Analysis GEO 6608 3
Seminar in Regional or Systematic Geography GEO 6938 3
Advanced Remote Sensing GIS 6039 3
Topics in Geoinformation Science GIS 6120 3
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing GIS 6127 3
  12
Research Core
Research in the Geosciences GEO 6118 3
Geosciences Colloquium Series GEO 6920 1
Thesis Seminar GLY 6931 3
Master's Thesis GEO 6971 6
  13
Electives
Six credits that may include additional geography graduate coursework or graduate courses in cognate areas to fulfill individual needs. All elective coursework applied to the degree must be at the 5000 level or higher. No more than 3 credits of directed independent study (GEO 6908 or GLY 6908) may be used. 6
Total Minimum Credit Requirements for the Degree 31
Note: In addition to the required coursework, students on the thesis option must successfully defend both a thesis proposal and a written thesis. Students should select a thesis advisor before the end of their second semester in the program.

Non-Thesis Option Requirements
Human-Environmental Interactions GEA 6277 3
Research in the Geosciences GEO 6118 3
Geosciences Colloquium Series GEO 6920 1
Geography Seminar Core
(Choose a minimum of five courses from the following list. Note: DIS courses cannot be substituted for any course on this list.)
Environmental Restoration EVR 6334 3
Restoration Implementation and Management EVR 6358 3
Seminar in Geographic Methodology GEO 6117 3
Plants and People GEO 6317 3
Culture, Conservation and Land Use GEO 6337 3
Seminar in Urban Area Analysis GEO 6608 3
Seminar in Regional or Systematic Geography GEO 6938 3
Advanced Remote Sensing GIS 6039 3
Topics in Geoinformation Science GIS 6120 3
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing GIS 6127 3
  15
Electives
Twelve credits that may include additional geography graduate coursework or graduate courses in cognate areas to fulfill individual needs. All elective coursework applied to the degree must be at the 5000 level or higher. No more than 3 credits of directed independent study (GEO 6908 or GLY 6908) may be used.    12
Total Minimum Credit Requirements for the Degree 34

Geographic Information Systems Certificate (New certificate effective fall 2014.)
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate for graduate students is offered jointly by the Department of Geosciences and the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Graduate students who complete the program below with a grade of "B" or better in each course are entitled to receive the certificate. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.

Required Courses (9 credits)
Principles of Geographic Information Systems* GIS 5051C 3
OR    
Introduction to GIS in Planning URP 6270 3
AND    
Applications in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5100C 3
Spatial Data Analysis GIS 6306 3
Choose two of the following courses (6 credits)
Programming in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5103C 3
Environmental Analysis in Planning URP 6425 3
Managing GIS Projects URP 6272 3

* If the undergraduate version of this course was already counted for the undergraduate GIS certificate, this graduate version cannot be counted toward the graduate GIS certificate.

Remote Sensing Certificate
The Department of Geosciences offers graduate students a certificate in Remote Sensing. Graduate students who complete the required courses with a grade of "B" or better in each course will earn the certificate program. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.

Choose four of the following courses:
Remote Sensing of the Environment* GIS 5038C 3
Digital Image Analysis* GIS 5033C 3
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing GIS 6127 3
LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications GIS 6032C 3
Advanced Remote Sensing GIS 6039 3
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation
(Course is pending approval.)
GIS 3

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Master of Science with Major in Geology

The Department offers a thesis and non-thesis option Master of Science (M.S.) in Geology. Students may develop a focus in hydrogeology, coastal processes or paleontology, or they may select from a broad range of courses for a more versatile degree. The program is excellent training for careers in geological and environmental consulting and staff positions at regulatory agencies, as well as for advanced graduate studies.

For both the thesis and non-thesis options, students must complete a minimum of five graduate (6000-level) courses in geology. No more than 9 credits of coursework from outside geology will be counted toward the degree. No more than 3 credits of directed independent study (such as GLY 6908 or GEO 6908) may be used to fulfill the minimum required credits for either degree option.

The thesis student must successfully complete a minimum of five graduate courses (15 credits at the 6000 level) in geology, 6 credits of master's thesis, including a successful thesis defense, and an additional minimum of 9 credits at the 5000 level or above from geology or related programs for a total of 30 credits. The thesis student should normally choose a thesis advisor during the second semester of study.

The non-thesis student must successfully complete a minimum of five graduate courses (15 credits at the 6000 level) in geology, plus 6 additional credits in geology at the 5000 level or above and an additional minimum of 12 credits at the 5000 level or above from geology or related programs for a total of 33 credits.

Thesis Option Summary
Master's Thesis GLY 6971 6
Cognate work in geology or other programs to fulfill individual needs 9
Required graduate courses from list below 15
Minimum credits for thesis degree 30

Non-Thesis Option Summary
Geology electives at the 5000 level or above 6
Cognate work in geology or other programs to fulfill individual needs 12
Required graduate courses from list below 15
Minimum credits for non-thesis degree 33

Graduate Course Offerings in Geology
Minimum of five courses from the following:
Paleoecology GLY 6661C 3
Regolith Geology GLY 6707 3
Coastal Environments GLY 6737 3
Ancient Marine Environments GLY 6745 3
Global Environmental Change GLY 6746 3
Groundwater Solute Transport Modeling GLY 6828 3
Modeling Groundwater Movement GLY 6836 3
Coastal Hazards GLY 6888 3
Thesis Seminar GLY 6931 3
Special Topics in Applied Geology GLY 6934 3

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University offers advanced graduate training leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geosciences. This professionally oriented program combines Department specialties in geography and geology with other cognate areas in the College and the University through an innovative curriculum that includes ecology and conservation biology, chemistry, anthropology, civil engineering, ocean engineering and urban and regional planning. The program provides advanced research and technical training to allow its graduates to find solutions to problems. While the main focus of the degree is on traditional, full-time students, the degree program also welcomes part-time students who wish to maintain their professional employment while earning their doctoral degree.

The Department expects doctoral students in the program to specialize in one of the following three areas:
Hydrology and Water Resources-Research in the areas of hydrology and water resources to develop a complete understanding of surface and subsurface processes and their practical applications. Studies deal with flow issues, supply issues and water quality, as well as the effects of global warming. Studies also include coastal and wetland environments. This research area combines coursework and faculty expertise in spatial information technology, including GIS, hydrologic modeling, digital image analysis and geovisualization, as well as geology, geography, biology, civil and ocean engineering and chemistry.

Urban Development and Sustainability-Research on urban land-use change, urban environmental systems and urban economic development. Studies utilize geographic information science and other spatial analysis tools to incorporate sustainable urban development in the subtropical environment of the Everglades ecosystem. This includes the local impact of globalization and global environmental change on South Florida communities. This research area combines coursework and faculty expertise in GIS, remote sensing, geovisualization and cartography, as well as faculty expertise in geography, geology, biology and urban and regional planning.

Cultural and Spatial Ecology-Research focused on the biogeography of natural ecosystems as well as ethnobotanical studies focused on the cultural variations in human uses and sustainability of plants. Emphasis on reconstructing past environments and analyzing present environments utilizing field work, satellite imagery, aerial photographs and archival research, as well as extracting environmental information from advanced and specialized remote sensing imagery for mapping and modeling of vegetation, ecosystems and natural resources. This research area combines coursework and faculty expertise in field methods and spatial information technology, such as GPS, GIS, satellite image analysis and geovisualization, as well as geography, geology, anthropology and biology.

Admission Requirements
Individuals will be admitted to the doctoral program in Geosciences based on the following requirements:

1. Minimum of a bachelor's degree in a field of geosciences or related area. Students who have already earned a master's degree or equivalent in geography, geology or related field may be admitted to the doctoral program and may be awarded up to 30 credits toward the Ph.D. in Geosciences. Geosciences-related areas include anthropology, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, environmental science, public administration and urban and regional planning.

2. International students whose native language is not English must score at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or at least 213 on the computer-based test.

3. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 146 or higher on the verbal portion and 144 or higher on the quantitative portion, or a combined score of 1000 or above on the quantitative-verbal sections (minimum of 500 on each section) of the previous version of the GRE, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the applicant's last degree program.

4. Three satisfactory professional and/or academic letters of reference.

5. A written letter of support from a Geosciences faculty member with doctoral faculty status at FAU or an approved cognate faculty member with doctoral faculty status at FAU indicating a willingness to supervise the applicant's doctoral research.

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Degree Requirements
A total of 90 credits beyond the bachelor's degree or 60 credits beyond an earned master's degree in a related field (as defined under Admission Requirements), admission to candidacy and successful defense of a research dissertation in an approved area within the geosciences will earn students the Ph.D. in Geosciences.

A minimum of 54 credits out of the 90 credits presented for the degree must be earned from the Geosciences Department (courses with EVR, ESC, GEA, GEO, GIS and GLY prefixes). No more than 36 credits of the 90 total credits submitted for the degree may come from outside the Geosciences Department.

Thus, students who are admitted to the program with a master's degree in an approved related or cognate area as opposed to a master's degree in Geography or Geology may apply the 30 credits from that related area to the doctoral in Geosciences and may take up to 6 more credits in approved cognate areas outside of geosciences.

1. Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a grade "B" or higher in any course applied to the degree program.

All students are required to complete a core of 9 credits in the Geosciences as listed below. All must be completed prior to applying for candidacy.

Geosciences Core (9 credits required)
Research in the Geosciences GEO 6118 3
Thesis Seminar GLY 6931 3
Geosciences Colloquium Series* GEO 6920 3

* This is a 1-credit course with content that varies each semester. Students are required to take this course for three semesters for a total of 3 credits. Students may not apply for candidacy until all colloquium requirements have been completed.

Additional Courses
The remaining credits will comprise coursework in geography, geology and interdisciplinary cognates from an approved list as appropriate to the student's research plan. These courses should be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor and/or dissertation committee.

No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study (GEO 6908 or GLY 6908) may be used to meet this requirement without doctoral committee and Department Chair approval.

All courses will be at the 5000 level or above; however, no more than 9 credits of 5000-level work may be applied to the degree without approval from the committee chair and Department Chair. The student's major advisor and committee must approve all coursework in the student's program, and any exceptions to the approved cognate list must be made by the Geosciences Graduate Program Committee in consultation with the Department Chair.

Note: Courses designated as undergraduate proficiency courses, generally for students coming into the program with a non-related undergraduate degree, may not be used to satisfy course requirements for the degree. Undergraduate proficiency courses will be outlined in the admissions notification.

Admission to Candidacy
1. Formation of a dissertation committee. This committee includes a minimum of the advisor plus three other members. A majority of the members must have doctoral faculty status in the doctoral program. Two of the members may be from another department or program at FAU or may be a doctoral-holding professional in the local community with expertise pertinent to the research program designed. Affiliate faculty members from outside FAU may serve as co-chair with a Geosciences faculty member.

2. Satisfactory completion of an examination covering graduate-level material in the field of geosciences. The material for the exam will be determined by the student's committee as appropriate to the student's research plan. The exam must be taken during the academic term immediately following the completion of the coursework outlined in section 1 of the degree requirements. Two attempts at the examination are permitted. A second failure on the qualifying exam will result in dismissal from the program. Full-time students should become candidates by the end of their fifth semester in the program. Part-time students should become candidates by the end of semester seven.

3. Submission and presentation of an original research proposal. The student must receive written notification from the doctoral supervisor of satisfactory performance to meet this requirement.

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Doctoral Research
1. Dissertation research should be conducted under the direction of a faculty member in the Geosciences Department or other approved Department-affiliated units. While conducting the doctoral research, a minimum of 12 credits of GEO 7978, Advanced Research, and 6 credits of GEO 7980, Dissertation, must be included. Students may not enroll in GEO 7980 until they have reached candidacy.

2. Written submission, public presentation and defense of a satisfactory research dissertation. The defense will include an oral examination of the research presented.

More information on the program can be found here.

Mathematical Sciences

Faculty:
Klingler, L. C., Chair; Booton, B. O.; Escuder, A. T.; Ford, T. J.; Goldwyn, R. M.; Hoffman, F.; Kalies, W. D.; Kizlik, S. V.; Lin, Y.; Locke, S. C.; Long, H.; Lubarsky, R.; Magliveras, S. S.; Meyerowitz, A. D.; Milman, M. M.; Moosai, S.; Mullin, R. C., Emeritus; Naudot, V.; Niederhausen, H.; Nikolova-Popova, D. B.; Peitgen, H. O., Emeritus; Petrela, D.; Pina, P. A.; Qian, L.; Radulovic, A.; Radulovic, D.; Richman, F.; Sagher, Y.; Schmidmeier, M.; Schonbek, T. P.; Schroeck, F. E., Emeritus; Steinwandt, R.; Viola-Prioli, J. E.; Voss, R. F.; Wang, Y.; Winkowska-Nowak, K.; Xu, Y.; Yiu, P. Y.; Zhang, X. D.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Either of these two programs, with suitably chosen electives, constitutes an excellent background for a wide range of careers, in particular as a systems analyst, mathematics teacher, actuary and statistician. Students interested in advanced or professional degrees, for example in the medical sciences, benefit from rigorous training in mathematics. Furthermore, the Bachelor of Science degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate work in mathematics and related areas. Two certificate programs, one in Statistics and one in Actuarial Science, are also available for undergraduates, as well as an Honors Program in Mathematics and two minors, one in Mathematics and one in Statistics.

In addition, the Department offers an accelerated five-year program leading to both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. Students in this combined program take graduate credits in their senior year that count toward both degrees.

For graduate students, the Department of Mathematical Sciences offers programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Outstanding scholarship in the mathematics program is recognized by membership in the Florida Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society for university students, and by the annual Pi Mu Epsilon award at the Honors Convocation. Students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences have performed well on the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Examination, the annual North American mathematical competition for undergraduates.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences works in close cooperation with the Career Planning and Placement Office and the Cooperative Education Office in counseling and assisting mathematics students seeking permanent, part-time or vacation employment.

Students are strongly urged to meet with an advisor so that their programs can be tailored to individual needs and interests. Students in the major programs in mathematics are required to consult with a faculty advisor each year.

Link to Honors Program

Link to Minors

Link to Certificates

Link to Combined Program

Link to Master's Programs

Link to Doctoral Program

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Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
(Minimum of 120 credits required)
In addition to the University and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science requirements, students seeking a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics must satisfy the following requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Bachelor of Arts with Major in Mathematics

Calculus 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus 2 MAC 2312 4
Calculus 3 MAC 2313 4
Discrete Mathematics MAD 2104 3
Introduction to Computational Math MAD 2502 3
Matrix Theory or Linear Algebra MAS 2103 3
Mathematical Problem Solving MAT 4937 3
Modern Analysis MAA 4200 3
Modern Algebra MAS 4301 3
Probability and Statistics 1 STA 4442 3
Upper-division math electives 15
Mathematics Total 48
Required Minimum GPA 2.2

Bachelor of Science with Major in Mathematics

Calculus 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus 2 MAC 2312 4
Calculus 3 MAC 2313 4
General Chemistry 1 and Lab or CHM 2045&L or
General Physics 1 and Lab PHY2048&L 4-5
Discrete Mathematics MAD 2104 3
Introduction to Computational Math MAD 2502 3
Differential Equations 1 MAP 2302 3
Matrix Theory or Linear Algebra MAS 2103 3
Mathematical Problem Solving MAT 4937 3
Linear Algebra 2 MAS 4107 3
Modern Analysis MAA 4200 3
Modern Algebra MAS 4301 3
Introductory Complex Analysis MAA 4402 3
Probability and Statistics 1 STA 4442 3
Upper-division math electives 15
Mathematics Total (excluding science) 57
Required Minimum GPA 2.5

Notes:
1. Upper-division mathematics electives: These electives must be chosen from courses offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and numbered 3000 or higher. The following courses may not be used as upper-division mathematics electives: STA 3163, STA 3173, STA 3949, MAT 3949, MAP 4945, or STA 4821.

2. In calculation of the Departmental GPA, where relevant, the highest grade in the course will be used.

3. Because of overlap in course content, Mathematics majors may receive credit for at most one course in each of the following pairs: (MAP 2302, MAP 3305), (MAP 4303, MAP 4306), (STA 4443, STA 4032).

4. The upper-division mathematics courses required for these programs that are completed at FAU must be completed with at least a 2.2 GPA (B.A. program) or 2.5 GPA (B.S. program).

5. Any mathematics course taken at another institution must be completed with a grade of at least
"C-" to be considered part of either baccalaureate program.

6. Mathematical Sciences majors are required to consult with their advisors at least once a year.

Honors Program in Mathematics
Qualified students are invited to participate in the undergraduate Mathematics Honors Program. To be eligible, a student must have completed at least 60 credits and at least 12 credits of FAU mathematics courses. To be admitted to the program, the student must apply to the Departmental honors coordinator. A student completing the Honors Program will receive the designation "honors in mathematics" at the time of graduation.

The requirements for completing the Honors Program are to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in mathematics courses taken at FAU and to complete one of the following two options:

1. Completion of MAT 4970, Honors Thesis, or

2. Completion of 6 credits of graduate-level mathematics courses (courses at the 5000 level or higher, excluding courses intended for the M.S.T. programs).

Students interested in the Honors Program should contact the Honors coordinator, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

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Mathematics Minor

The minor requires 24 credits of mathematics courses at the level of Calculus 1 or above with grades of "C-" or better in each course, including at least one from below:

Modern Analysis MAA 4200  
Introduction to Complex Analysis MAA 4402  
Numerical Analysis 1 MAD 4401  
Modern Algebra MAS 4301  

At least 18 of these mathematics credits must be completed at FAU.

Statistics Minor

Each of the following courses must be completed with a grade of at least "C." At least 20 required credits must be completed at FAU.

Prerequisites
Calculus 1 or
Calculus for Engineers 1
MAC 2311
or MAC 2281
4
Calculus 2 or
Calculus for Engineers 2
MAC 2312
or MAC 2282
4
Matrix Theory MAS 2103 3
Core Required Courses
Applied Statistics Lab STA 4202L 1
Applied Statistics 1 STA 4234 2
Probability and Statistics 1 STA 4442 3
Probability and Statistics 2 or
Probability and Statistics for Engineers
STA 4443
or STA 4032
3
To complete the program, students must select two electives from the following:
Intermediate Econometrics ECO 4422 3
Introduction to Queueing Theory MAP 4260 3
Statistical Mechanics PHY 4523 3
Computational Statistics 1 STA 4102 3
Computational Statistics 2 STA 4103 3
Applied Statistics 2 STA 4702 3
Applied Time Series and Forecasting STA 4853 3
Mathematics and Statistics Total   26

Actuarial Science Certificate
Actuarial Sciences is a career that is in high demand. Actuaries are professionals who use their mathematical training to solve problems in insurance and finances. The certificate requires 15 credits of prerequisite courses and 24 credits of required courses, with at least 18 of these credits taken at FAU.

Prerequisites
Calculus 1, 2 and 3 MAC 2311, 2312, 2313 12
Macroeconomic Principles ECO 2013 3

Requirements    
Microeconomic Principles ECO 2023 3
Actuarial Mathematics 1 MAP 4172 3
Actuarial Mathematics 2 MAP 4173 3
Internship-Actuarial Science MAP 4945 6
Principles of Insurance RMI 3011 3
Probability and Statistics 1, 2 STA 4442, 4443 6

It is recommended that students also complete STA 4234, STA 4202L and STA 4702. These courses will prepare students for the third actuarial exam.

Statistics Certificate
The certificate program in Statistics enables students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study in statistics in conjunction with an academic major. The required curriculum provides students with necessary mathematical foundations of the field and exposes them to practical applications relevant to their chosen areas of specialization.

Each of the following courses must be completed with a grade of at least "C-." At least 15 required credits must be completed at FAU.

Calculus 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus 2 MAC 2312 4
Applied Statistics Lab STA 4202L 1
Applied Statistics 1 STA 4234 2
Probability and Statistics 1 STA 4442 3
 
Probability and Statistics 2 STA 4443 or
Probability and Statistics for Engineers STA 4032 or
Stochastic Models for Computer Science STA 4821 or
Stochastic Processes and Random Signals EEL 4541 3
 
Recommended mathematics courses:
Calculus 3 MAC 2313 4
Matrix Theory MAS 2103 3
To complete the program, students must select three electives from the following:
Intermediate Econometrics ECO 4422 3
Introduction to Queueing Theory MAP 4260 3
Statistical Mechanics PHY 4523 3
Computational Statistics 1 STA 4102 3
Computational Statistics 2 STA 4103 3
Planning Investigations STA 4222 3
Applied Statistics 2 STA 4702 3
Mathematics and Statistics Total 26

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Secondary Education Program
A program leading to teacher certification in mathematics is available through the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education.

Combined Program

Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science with Major in Mathematics

This accelerated, five-year program leads to both Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate courses. Students should identify themselves as B.S./M.S. students during their freshman year and apply for admission to candidacy at the end of their senior year. Because of the accelerated nature of the program, students should take the GRE exam by the end of their junior year.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

In addition to the University and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science requirements, students seeking a B.S./M.S. degree in Mathematics must complete the following courses:

Calculus 1 Honors MAC 2311 4
Calculus 2 Honors MAC 2312 4
Calculus 3 Honors MAC 2313 4
Matrix Theory MAS 2103 3
Discrete Mathematics MAD 2104 3
Introduction to Computational Math MAD 2502 3
Mathematical Problem Solving MAT 4937 3
Linear Algebra 2 MAS 4107 3
Probability and Statistics 1 STA 4442 3
Introductory Complex Analysis MAA 4402 3
Introductory Analysis 1 MAA 5228 3
Introductory Analysis 2 MAA 5229 3
Introductory Abstract Algebra 1 MAS 5311 3
Introductory Abstract Algebra 2 MAS 5312 3
Real Analysis 1 MAA 6306 3
3 upper-division undergraduate electives (3000-4000 level) 9
7 graduate electives (at least 5 at 6000 level) 21
Total (42 undergraduate and 36 graduate) 78

Notes:
1. The 15 credits from the graduate courses: MAA 5228, 5229, MAS 5311, 5612 and MAA 6306 will be counted toward both degrees. Department of Mathematical Sciences B.S. degree requirements also include General Chemistry or General Physics with lab. Department of Mathematical Sciences M.S. degree requirements also include master's-level pass of Departmental graduate qualifying exam in both analysis and algebra. All students in the B.S./M.S. program must achieve the master's-level pass to obtain the combined degree.

2. Students may opt to take up to 9 master's thesis credits as elective courses, but the student must successfully complete a master's thesis for these credits to be counted toward the degree requirements. The thesis option does not replace the qualifying exam requirement noted in item 1 above.

3. Total credits: A student could complete the requirements of this program and earn both B.S. and M.S. degrees with a minimum of 141 total credits, taking at least 36 graduate credits, which is the number required for a standard M.S. degree (non-thesis) in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.


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Master's Programs

Master of Science with Major in Mathematics

This program is designed to provide a foundation for mathematical work in scientific or technical fields as well as for doctoral study in mathematics. It should normally take a full-time student two years to complete. Students can enter an accelerated joint-graduate program in mathematics and electrical engineering, leading to an M.S. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. See the graduate advisors for details.

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the University graduate admission requirements (including a score of at least 155 on the quantitative reasoning section of the GRE), applicants must have a bachelor's degree in mathematics or coursework that includes the equivalent of Modern Analysis, Modern Algebra, and Probability and Statistics 1, as well as computer competency. Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements will still be considered for conditional admission.

Degree Requirements, Non-Thesis Option
To complete the M.S. degree without thesis, the candidate must satisfy the following criteria in addition to University requirements:

1. Earn 36 credits in courses pre-approved by the graduate advisor in mathematics, at least 12 credits of which are in mathematics courses at the 6000 level;

2. Pass MAA 5228, MAA 5229 (Introductory Analysis 1, 2) and MAS 5311, MAS 5312 (Introductory Abstract Algebra 1, 2) with a 3.0 GPA; and

3. Complete a master's examination. The exam should be scheduled during the semester before the anticipated completion of coursework for the degree. Students should contact the Departmental graduate Director to schedule the exam.

If pre-approved by the Department graduate committee, up to 12 credits of FAU coursework from outside of the Department of Mathematical Sciences may count toward the degree.

Degree Requirements, Thesis Option
To complete the M.S. degree with thesis, the candidate must satisfy the following criteria in addition to University requirements:

1. Earn 32 credits in courses pre-approved by the graduate advisor in mathematics, at least 9 credits of which are in 6000-level mathematics courses aside from thesis credit;

2. Pass at least three of MAA 5228, MAA 5229 (Introductory Analysis 1, 2) and MAS 5311, MAS 5312 (Introductory Abstract Algebra 1, 2) with a 3.0 GPA; and

3. Successfully complete and defend a master's thesis, earning at least 6 credits of MAT 6971 (Master's Thesis).

If pre-approved by the Department graduate committee, up to 9 credits of FAU coursework from outside of the Department of Mathematical Sciences may count toward the degree.

Master of Science with Major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for the application of mathematics in industry and scientific research. Emphasized are continuous modeling, cryptology and information security, biostatistics and scientific visualization.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for the M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics are the same as for the M.S. in Mathematics.

Degree Requirements
To complete the M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the candidate must satisfy the following criteria in addition to University requirements:

1. Earn 36 credits in courses pre-approved by the graduate advisor in mathematics, at least 24 credits of which are in courses required for this program (for details, see the graduate advisor or the website);

2. Pass at least two of the following: MAA 5228 (Introductory Analysis 1), MAS 5311 (Introductory Abstract Algebra 1) and STA 6326 (Mathematical Statistics) with a "B-" GPA; and

3. Complete an industrial internship or a thesis involving at least 6 credits.

If preapproved by the Department graduate committee, up to 12 credits of FAU coursework from outside of the Department of Mathematical Sciences may count toward the degree.

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Master of Science in Teaching (Mathematics)

The graduate mathematics degree program with emphasis on issues of teaching offers separate concentrations for high school teachers and teachers of the middle grades. This M.S.T. degree program does not provide teaching certification.

High School Teacher Concentration
This concentration provides post-baccalaureate education for certified secondary teachers.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for the M.S.T. in High School Mathematics are the same as for the M.S. in Mathematics.

Degree Requirements
This program requires 24 credits of mathematics courses and 6 credits of education courses at or above the 4000 level. (Candidates without a valid secondary certificate or with less than two years of teaching experience might be required to complete a 6-credit internship.) The Mathematical Sciences Department offers one or two 6000-level classes specifically designed for the M.S.T. program each semester (including summers). Candidates may complete 6 of the 24 credits in mathematics by writing a master's thesis.

Middle School Teacher Concentration
This concentration provides teachers content, pedagogy and technology expertise to effectively teach math to the middle grades. Strong emphasis is on binding the Florida Sunshine Standards to the course materials. Spreadsheets, dynamic geometry and presentation software are integral parts of the curriculum.

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the University graduate admission requirements, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree and a valid teacher certification for middle grades.

Degree Requirements
This program requires 24 credits of mathematics courses for middle grade teachers and 6 credits of education courses at or above the 4000 level. The program begins with a summer institute sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Mathematical Sciences Department offers eight courses on a rotating basis specifically designed for the Middle School Teacher concentration. A sample sequence of the 3-credit mathematics courses follows. The 3-credit education electives may be taken in any two semesters.

Year 1 - Summer
NSF-sponsored summer institute provides basic technology background.
Year 1 - Fall
Patterns and Iterations for Teachers of Middle Grades, MAE 6324, 3
Year 1 - Spring
Iterations and Technology for Teachers of Middle Grades, MAE 6323, 3

Year 2 - Summer
Technology Basics in Middle Grade Classrooms, MAE 5125, 1-3
Year 2 - Fall
Patterns and Probability for Teachers of Middle Grades, MAE 6127, 3
Year 2 - Spring
Geometrical Connections for Teachers of Middle Grades, MAE 6329, 3

Year 3 - Summer
Technology and Implementation in Middle Grade Classrooms, MAE 6124, 3
Year 3 - Fall
Patterns and Scaling for Teachers of Middle Grades, MAE 6327, 3
Year 3 - Spring
Algebraic and Number Theoretical Patterns for Teachers of Middle Grades, MAE 6328, 3

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Mathematics

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is conferred upon those candidates who have demonstrated the ability to make original and independent contributions in mathematics. This quality is evaluated through a dissertation that the candidate must submit to a supervisory committee and defend in an open presentation.

Admission to Doctoral Study
Although each candidate will be considered individually, the admission requirements include:

1. A baccalaureate in Mathematics or a related field completed with an average of "B" or better;

2. A minimum GRE score of at least 157 on the quantitative reasoning section;

3. A TOEFL score, if applicable;

4. Three letters of recommendation; and

5. Approval of the FAU Mathematical Sciences Department graduate committee.

To be admitted to candidacy:
1. The student must complete the following courses: Introductory Analysis 1 and 2 (MAA 5228 and 5229), Introductory Abstract Algebra 1 and 2 (MAS 5311 and 5312), Linear Algebra (MAS 5145) and Multivariable Analysis (MAA 5105).

2. The student must successfully complete a qualifying examination in analysis and algebra within two years of admission to doctoral study. Neither part may be taken more than three times.

3. The student must form a supervisory committee of at least four members including the research advisor and at least two other members of the graduate faculty of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Degree Requirements
1. Minimum of 80 credits, including 6000-level (or higher) courses starting with at least four of the prefixes MAA, MAD, MAP, MAS, MHF, MTG and STA approved by the Department graduate committee. In addition, two 6000-level courses of the same prefix must be taken in at least two of the seven prefixes.

2. Successful completion of a preliminary examination covering specific areas of concentration and set by the student's supervisory committee.

3. Presentation and oral defense of a dissertation.

4. Completion of all University requirements, including at least 18 credits at FAU beyond the master's level.

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Physics

Faculty:
Miller, W. A., Chair; Beetle, C.; Bruenn, S. W., Emeritus; Burnett, C. R., Emeritus; Chen, D.; Dean, N. W., Emeritus; Faulkner, J. S., Emeritus; Fuchs, A.; Gross, R.; Jirsa, V.; Jordan, R. G., Emeritus; Lamborn, B. N. A., Emeritus; Lau, A. W. C.; Leventouri, T.; Martinez, L.; Marronetti, P.; McGuire, J., Emeritus; Medina, F. D.; Qiu, S. L.; Sorge, K. D.; Sweiti, A.; Tichy, W.; Voss, R. F.; Wille, L. T.

The Department of Physics offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. An Honors Program and a minor in Physics are also available. Its graduate programs lead to the Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The Department also offers a professional graduate program in Medical Physics leading to the Professional Science Master (P.S.M.) degree.

Another program, leading to a specialized Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.) and State of Florida certification for prospective secondary physics teachers, is also partially described here. However, this degree is offered through the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. The discussion here is limited to its required physics and mathematics components.

Link to Master's Programs

Link to Doctoral Program

Undergraduate Information
Students considering a major or minor degree in physics should schedule a meeting with a member of the Department's undergraduate advising committee to discuss their personal objectives and suitable degree options. A list of current committee members and contact information is available from the Department office in SE 108 on the Boca Raton campus.

The Department is committed to allowing undergraduate majors maximum flexibility in designing curricula tailored to their specific educational and career objectives. The undergraduate advising committee has been charged to consider student requests for waivers from otherwise required physics courses in favor of specific courses from outside the Department that may be more directly suited to an individual student's needs. Such waivers must be obtained in advance and must be based on a clear educational objective set forth by the student. Ideally, students should plan and agree with the committee on any deviations from the standard curriculum for their degree at or near the time they declare a major in physics.

In addition to meeting University and College standards, students in any physics degree program must receive a grade of "C" or better in every required course offered within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

Scholarship funds are available through the physics scholarship fund to outstanding graduates of the State of Florida's community (or state) college system. For more details, contact the Department of Physics.

Undergraduate Physics Core
All students seeking a major or minor degree in physics are required to complete the same introductory physics and mathematics sequences as well as an introductory natural science sequence outside the Department. Currently, students may opt for introductory sequences in either biology or chemistry, but the undergraduate advising committee may approve alternative sequences, even retroactively, on a case-by-case basis.

Introductory Physics Courses
General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4
General Physics 1 Lab PHY 2048L 1
General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4
General Physics 2 Lab PHY 2049L 1
General Physics 3 PHZ 2106 4
Total 14

Introductory Mathematics Courses
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4 or
Calculus for Engineers 1 MAC 2281 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4 or
Calculus for Engineers 2 MAC 2282 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3 MAC 2313 4
Total 12

Courses in Related Sciences, either
General Chemistry 1 CHM 2045 3
General Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 2045L 1
General Chemistry 2 CHM 2046 3
General Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2046L 1
or
Biological Principles BSC 1010 3
Biological Principles Lab BSC 1010L 1
Biodiversity BSC 1011 3
Biodiversity Lab BSC 1011L 1
Total 8

To meet University degree requirements, students in any physics program must also complete 32 additional lower-division general education credits in courses outside the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

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Bachelor of Arts with Major in Physics
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program is offered for students seeking exposure to analytical methods in contemporary physics within a broader, liberal arts-style curriculum. Course requirements are significantly reduced compared with the Department's flagship B.S. program described later in this section. The Department does not recommend its B.A. degree for students planning graduate or professional work in physics. However, this program may be well suited to students planning work in related fields. Potential candidates should consult with the undergraduate advising committee to ensure this program will help meet their personal educational objectives before enrolling.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

In addition to the Undergraduate Physics Core described above, B.A. candidates must complete the following required courses:

Additional Introductory Mathematics Course
Matrix Theory MAS 2103 3
Total 3

Intermediate Physics Courses
Survey of Modern Physics PHY 3101C 4
Classical Mechanics PHY 3221 4
Electromagnetism 1 PHY 3323 4
Quantum Mechanics 1 PHY 4604 4
Choose at least one course from the following list:
Thermodynamics PHY 3503 4
Statistical Mechanics PHY 4523 3
Physical Electronics PHY 3722C 4
Total 20

Overall, this degree program requires 37 credits of lower-division mathematics and science courses and 20 credits of upper-division physics courses. Substitutions for required courses are allowed with prior approval from the Department's undergraduate advising committee.

Bachelor of Arts in Education with Major in Physics Education
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.) degree program is offered through the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. It is intended for students interested in teaching physics professionally at the secondary level. Students in this program will be advised through the Department of Teaching and Learning. However, content-course requirements are listed here for students interested in this program.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

In addition to the Undergraduate Physics Core courses described above, B.A.E. candidates must complete the following required courses:

Intermediate Physics Courses
Survey of Modern Physics PHY 3101C 4
Electromagnetism 1 PHY 3323 4
Physical Electronics PHY 3722C 4
Choose at least 8 credits from the following list:
Classical Mechanics PHY 3221 4
Thermodynamics PHY 3503 4
Quantum Mechanics 1 PHY 4604 4
Total 20

Overall, this degree program requires 73 lower-division credits, including general education requirements for the B.A.E. degree, as well as math, science and education courses. It also requires 20 credits of upper-division physics courses and 24 credits of upper-division education courses. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education for details.

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Bachelor of Science with Major in Physics
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program is the flagship of the Department's undergraduate curriculum. It is designed to help students prepare for careers in physics, related sciences or closely related fields such as engineering. The emphasis is on analytical methods in contemporary theoretical and experimental physics. Students considering graduate work in physics or related areas are strongly encouraged to complete this program.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

In addition to the undergraduate physics core described above, B.S. candidates must complete the following required courses:

Additional Introductory Mathematics Course
Matrix Theory MAS 2103 3
Total 3

Intermediate Physics Courses
Survey of Modern Physics PHY 3101C 4
Classical Mechanics PHY 3221 4
Electromagnetism 1 PHY 3323 4
Electromagnetism 2 PHY 4324 3
Thermodynamics PHY 3503 4
Statistical Mechanics PHY 4523 3
Quantum Mechanics 1 PHY 4604 4
Quantum Mechanics 2 PHY 4605 3
Physical Electronics PHY 3722C 4
Undergraduate Laboratory PHY 4811L 2
Mathematical Methods for Physics PHZ 3113 3
Total 38

Overall, this degree program requires 37 credits of lower-division mathematics and science courses and 38 credits of upper-division physics courses. Substitutions for required courses are allowed with prior approval from the Department's undergraduate advising committee.

Honors Program in Physics
Qualified physics majors may elect to complete an Honors Program (thesis) prior to graduation. The thesis will describe participation in current research under the supervision of a member of the Department faculty. A student completing a satisfactory thesis will receive the distinction "honors in physics" upon graduation.

To qualify for the program, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in required courses within the College of Science and complete a minimum of 30 credits of physics courses by the end of their junior year. Candidates should apply for this program through the undergraduate advising committee roughly one year prior to graduation.

Physics Minor

The Department offers a minor in Physics to interested students seeking bachelor's degrees in other fields. It is expected that most students interested in this program will major in fields sufficiently closely related that most of the undergraduate physics core will also fulfill major requirements. Students interested in this program should consult with the Department's undergraduate advising committee prior to enrolling.

In addition to the undergraduate physics core described above, candidates for a minor in Physics must complete the following required courses:

Intermediate Physics Courses
Survey of Modern Physics PHY 3101C 4
Choose at least one course from the following list:
Classical Mechanics PHY 3221 4
Electromagnetism 1 PHY 3323 4
Thermodynamics PHY 3503 4
Physical Electronics PHY 3722C 4
Quantum Mechanics 1 PHY 4604 4
Total 8

Overall, this degree program requires 26 lower-division credits in physics and mathematics and 8 credits of upper-division physics. Some of the lower-division credits may also satisfy candidates' major requirements. At least 75 percent of all credits required for the minor must be earned from FAU.

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Master's Programs

Master of Science with Major in Physics

The Physics Department offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree with major in Physics. The degree should be particularly attractive to those whose career paths point to a job in industry or to teaching at the high school or community college level. The coursework and research experience provided by the Master of Science program will also be of value to students whose eventual goal is a Ph.D., although those students are encouraged to enroll directly into the Ph.D. program if possible. The Master of Science degree normally requires four or more semesters after completing the Bachelor of Science requirements.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for the Master of Science degree must meet all of the following the Departmental requirements:

1. A B.S. degree in Physics;

2. Have taken the general portion of the GRE. No minimum score is required. (GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted);

3. A 3.0 average or higher for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work;

4. Approval from the Department of Physics; and

5. For any student from a non-English-speaking country, a minimum score of 550 (CBT-213) on the TOEFL exam.

Degree Requirements - Thesis Option

Mechanics PHY 6247 3
Electromagnetism PHY 6346 4
Statistical Mechanics PHY 6536 4
Quantum Mechanics 1 PHY 6645 3
Thesis PHY 6971 7
Mathematical Physics PHZ 5115 3
Electives* 6
Total 30

Degree Requirements - Non-Thesis Option

Mechanics PHY 6247 3
Electromagnetism PHY 6346 4
Statistical Mechanics PHY 6536 4
Quantum Mechanics 1 PHY 6645 3
Mathematical Physics PHZ 5115 3
Electives* 13
Non-Thesis Master's applicants must pass a written or oral examination administered by the Department.
Total 30

* Approved by the graduate advisor.

Note: A maximum of 3 credits in Graduate Research (PHY 6918) will normally be allowed.

Master of Science in Teaching (Physics)

The Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) is designed for physics teachers in secondary schools and community colleges. The cognate area will usually be Mathematics.

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for the M.S.T. degree must meet all of the following Departmental requirements:

1. A B.A. in physics or its equivalent;

2. Have taken the general portion of the GRE. No minimum score is required. (GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted);

3. A 3.0 GPA or higher in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work; and

4. Approval from the Department of Physics.

Degree Requirements

Electromagnetism 2 PHY 4324 3
Undergraduate Laboratory PHY 4811L 2
Topics in Physics PHY 5935 6
Master's Thesis
(or additional 6000-level Physics Electives)
PHY 6971 6
Electives 6
Education Courses 6
Total 30

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Professional Science Master with Major in Medical Physics

The Professional Science Master with major in Medical Physics degree is an innovative program that develops advanced scientific knowledge and professional skills. The program is interdisciplinary and provides hands-on learning through on-site training. It aims to engage students with professional goals and help them become scientists uniquely suited to the 21st-century workplace.

Medical physics is an applied branch of physics devoted to the application of concepts and methods from physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. A qualified medical physicist is competent to practice independently in one or more of the subfields (tracks) of medical physics.

The Medical Physics program requires
41 credits (plus the 3-credit prerequisite course, PCB 3703). It provides professional training in partnership with area hospitals focusing on the medical physics radiation therapy track, which employs approximately 75 percent of the medical physicists.

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for the Medical Physics program must meet all of the following Departmental requirements:

1. A B.S. in Physics. Candidates with a B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or Engineering with a minor in Physics are considered;

2. At least a 3.0 (of a 4.0 maximum) GPA in science and mathematics courses;

3. Have taken the general portion of the GRE. No minimum score is required. (GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted);

4.Successful completion of the prerequisite course PCB 3703, Human Morphology and Function 1;

5. Approval from the Department of Physics.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses (15 credits)
Radiation Physics RAT 6686 3
Introduction to Radiation Biology BSC 6834 3
Radiation Therapy Physics
RAT 6628 3
Medical Imaging Physics

RAT 6616

3
Introduction to Nuclear Physics
RAT 6687
3
Additional Required Courses (23 credits)
Advanced Photon Beam Radiation Therapy RAT 6629 3
Radiation Therapy: Clinical Practicum
and Shadowing
RAT 6947 3
Bioinformatics: Bioengineering Perspectives BME 6762 3
Shielding and Commissioning RAT 6376 3
Seminar in Medical Physics RAT 6932 1
Graduate Research PHY 6918 3
Master's Thesis RAT 6975 7
Elective Course (3 credits)
Choose one course from the following with advisor's approval:
Biostatistics STA 5195 3
Introduction to Dynamical Systems
and Chaos 1
MAP 6211 3
Advanced Cell Physiology PCB 6207 3
Special Topics
(including Cell Structure and Function)
BSC 6936 3
Introduction to Biophysics PHZ 5715 3
Total 41

Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Physics

The Physics Department offers the Ph.D. degree in Physics with a research options in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, mathematical physics and computational physics. The Ph.D. will be conferred only for work of distinction in which the student displays original scholarship, achievement and ability. The degree will not be awarded solely on the basis of study, however fruitful or for any prescribed period of time.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for the doctoral degree in Physics are the same as for the M.S. degree in Physics.

Degree Requirements (minimum of 80 credits)
1. Ph.D. students must meet all degree requirements and physics course requirements for the M.S. degree.

2. Additional course requirements are:    
Electromagnetic Fields PHY 6347 3
Quantum Mechanics 2 PHY 6646 3
Graduate Colloquium PHY 6920 1
Physics Electives   12

At least 12 credits of the total 18 required for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs must be from physics courses at the 6000 level approved by the graduate advisor.

3. Dissertation PHY 7980 30

The Department may accept up to 30 transfer credits into the program at the discretion of the Department graduate advisor.

Admission to Candidacy
Before students are admitted to candidacy, they must demonstrate mastery of the broad areas of physics covered in the undergraduate and first-year graduate programs. This will be tested by means of a comprehensive written examination covering classical and modern physics. This examination will usually be scheduled at the end of the summer/beginning of fall semester after the first year of graduate work and may be attempted twice at most.

Dissertation Advisor and a Supervisory Committee
When students have been admitted to candidacy, they must choose a departmental faculty member who is willing to serve as dissertation advisor. A supervisory committee is then requested with the approval of the Department graduate advisor. Once approved, the committee meets with the student to approve a preliminary plan of study and dissertation topic.

Doctoral Research
Candidates must complete a significant program of original research, a directed independent study in general theory and participate in advanced seminars in their area of specialization, culminating in a dissertation and a final oral examination. The dissertation must add to the sum of existing knowledge and be expressed with literary skill and clarity. The completed dissertation must be approved by the student's supervisory committee, the Department Chair, the Dean of Science and the Graduate College.

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Psychology

Faculty:
Wolgin, D. L., Chair.; Barenholtz, E.; Bjorklund, D. F.; Bressler, S.; Greif, M.; Hock, H. S.; Hoff, E.; Hong, S. W.; Hughes, K.; Jakubow, J.; Jones, N.; Kelso, J. A. S.; Kersten, A.; Large, E.; Lasiter, P. S.; Laursen, B.; Lewkowicz, D. J.; Mize, K.; Monson, T. C.; Moyer, R.M.; Nowak, A.; Peluso, J. P.; Perry, D. G.; Perry, G.; Rosselli, M.; Sherman, R. A.; Stackman, R.; Terry, L. M.; Vallacher, R. R.; Vertes, R.; White, C.

Psychology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science defines itself as a science that focuses on mental processes and cognition, social influences on the individual and the biological and neural bases of human and animal behavior. The main mission of the faculty in psychology is to prepare students for graduate training and professional work in psychology as well as to provide a sound undergraduate education for students wishing to work in areas outside of psychology, such as business, law or education.

The Department offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Neuroscience and Behavior as well as an upper-division Honors Program in Psychology and a minor in Psychology.

In the graduate area, the Department of Psychology offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Psychology and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Experimental Psychology.

Note: The Department of Psychology considers scientific misconduct, including such activities as inventing or intentionally misrepresenting data, as interfering with its educational mission and subject to the same penalties and procedures as other Honor Code violations and academic irregularities.

Link to Master's Program

Link to Doctoral Program

Bachelor of Arts with Major in Psychology
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The B.A. degree in Psychology is intended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology (experimental psychology, clinical or counseling psychology, applied psychology). The Departmental program offers a focus in psychology and maximum flexibility in choice of electives. Thus, it may be tailored to the interests of the individual student and to further professional plans. Facilities are available for experimental research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and behavior, social/personality psychology and developmental psychology. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to become involved in such research (normally via a Directed Independent Study or a special research course).

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

In addition to the University and College requirements, all students are required to complete at least 40 credits in college-level psychology coursework, and a minimum of 37 credits of the 40 credits must be upper-division (3000/4000) level. A minimum of 28 of the upper-division credits must be taken at Florida Atlantic University. Up to 12 credits of transfer psychology coursework may be applied to the psychology major, upon approval of the Department. Please note that no more than 9 credits of the transfer coursework applied to the major can be at the lower-division level.

General Psychology Requirements
Nine core courses are required of all majors:
Psychology of Human Development DEP 3053* 3
Cognition EXP 3505* 3
Biological Bases of Behavior 1 PSB 3002* 3
General Psychology PSY 1012 3
Research Methods in Psychology PSY 3213* 3
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference PSY 3234* 3
Social Psychology SOP 3004* 3
Intermediate Statistics Lab STA 3163L* 1
Laboratory in Psychology (see below)** 3

* For transfer students: If a lower-division course has been taken in any of the core areas that have an upper-division course requirement, the student may, with the approval of a psychology advisor, substitute a different upper-division course in the same content area for the original course.

**Laboratory Requirement
The laboratory requirement may be met with any of the following:

1. Existing laboratory courses: DEP 4797C, Human Development Lab; EXP 4934C, Cognition Laboratory; PSB 3002L, Computer Lab in Psychobiology; PSB 4004L, Laboratory in Psychobiology; SOP 4230C, Social Behavior Laboratory; OR

2. Special topics laboratory courses with the words “Research in…” or “Laboratory in…” in the title, e.g., PSY 4930, Research in (Varied Topics); OR

3. Upper-division, Directed Independent Study lab courses taken for 3 credits (PSY 4906, requires memo from instructor certifying lab experience); OR

4. An Honors Thesis, PSY 4970.

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Psychology Elective Requirements
A minimum of five additional courses are to be selected from the following:
Comparative Animal Behavior CBH 4024 3
Abnormal Psychology CLP 4144 3
Childhood Bilingualism DEP 3134 3
Personality and Social Development DEP 4095 3
Infant Development DEP 4115 3
Language Acquisition DEP 4130 3
Cognitive Development DEP 4163 3
Psychology of Adolescence DEP 4305 3
Human Development Laboratory DEP 4797C 3
Auditory Perception EXP 4120 3
Music Perception and Cognition EXP 4180 3
Human Perception EXP 4204 3
Psychology of Motivation EXP 4304 3
Psychology of Learning EXP 4404 3
Human Memory EXP 4525 3
Psychology of Reading EXP 4620 3
Psychology of Language EXP 4640 3
Cognition Laboratory EXP 4934C 3
Interpersonal Processes PCO 4734 3
Personality Theories PPE 4003 3
Experimental Studies of Personality PPE 4700 3
Computer Lab in Psychobiology PSB 3002L 3
Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 4004L 3
Biological Bases of Behavior 2 PSB 4006 3
Neuropsychology PSB 4240 3
Human Psychophysiology PSB 4323 3
Psychopharmacology PSB 4444 3
Developmental Psychobiology PSB 4504 3
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory PSB 4810 3
Biopsychology of Language PSB 4833 3
Biological Vision PSB 5117 3
University Honors Seminar in Psychology PSY 1930 3
Special Topics PSY 2930 1-3
Fractals in Psychology PSY 3502 3
Cooperative Education PSY 3949 1-3
Personality Test and Measurement PSY 4302 3
History and Systems of Psychology PSY 4604 3
Evolutionary Psychology PSY 4810 3
Advanced Evolutionary Psychology PSY 4812 3
Directed Independent Study* PSY 4906 1-3
Special Topics in Psychology PSY 4930 1-3
Honors Seminar PSY 4932 3
Honors Thesis** PSY 4970 1-3
Special Topics in Psychology PSY 5930 3
Psychology of Women SOP 3742 3
Social Behavior Laboratory SOP 4230C 3
Current Issues in Social Psychology SYP 4002 3
Individuals in Modern Culture SYP 4010 3
Intra- and Intergroup Processes SYP 4030 3
Social Cognition SYP 4120 3

* Maximum of 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted as a psychology elective for the major.
** Enrollment in Honors Thesis and Seminar is limited to students in the Honors Program.

The same course section cannot be used to satisfy two different requirements for the major at the same time. A course counted as a Psychology laboratory cannot be counted as a Psychology elective simultaneously.

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Cognate Area Requirements
All students must have 6 credits of biological science (to be chosen from BSC 1010, BSC 1011 , BSC 2085, BSC 2086 or equivalents) and 6 credits of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher (in addition to statistics). The following math courses are accepted as meeting the math graduation requirement for the B.A. in psychology:

College Algebra MAC 1105 3
Trigonometry MAC 1114 3
Precalculus Algebra MAC 1140 3
Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry MAC 1147 4 or 5
Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3
Calculus for Engineers 1 MAC 2281 4
Calculus for Engineers 2 MAC 2282 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3 MAC 2313 4
Fractals in Psychology PSY 3502 3

Laboratories for the cognate courses are NOT required for the major, but students should check with their academic advisors and the controlling departments to determine whether laboratories are needed in order to satisfy (other) departments’ requirements or general graduation requirements.

Upper-Division Honors in Psychology
Qualified students are invited to participate in an Honors Program within the undergraduate Psychology major programs. Students may apply for and be admitted to the Honors Program after completion of 60 credits and prior to the completion of 105 hours. Students must have a grade point average of 3.2 overall and in the major for all college-level coursework to be admitted to and to be retained in the Honors Program. Both B.A. Psychology and B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior students are eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

Students in the Honors Program must complete Honors Seminar (PSY 4932, 3 credits) and Honors Thesis (PSY 4970, normally 1 credit taken one semester and 2 credits the other semester). Students in the Honors Program are also strongly encouraged to enroll for a Directed Independent Study (PSY 4906) as soon as they have identified a faculty member to work with on the honors thesis/project to develop their thesis ideas. This should be done as early as possible, but no later than the start of the senior year.

Psychology Minor

A minor in Psychology is available for students who complete a minimum of 15 credits in psychology, including the following required courses. Of the 15 credits, at least 12 must be earned from FAU.

Psychology of Human Development DEP 3053 3
Cognition EXP 3505 3
Biological Bases of Behavior 1 PSB 3002 3
General Psychology PSY 1012 3
Social Psychology SOP 3004 3

Bachelor of Science with Major in Neuroscience and Behavior (Changes below effective spring 2015.)
(Minimum of 120 credits required)

The Neuroscience and Behavior major provides undergraduate preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in psychobiology, neuroscience and/or behavioral biology, or in pursuing professional degrees in medicine or veterinary medicine. The student elects a concentration in either Ethology/Comparative Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience or Cellular Molecular Neuroscience. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to become involved in neuroscience and behavior research projects (normally via a Directed Independent Study or special research course). An optional Honors Thesis, PSY 4970, is available to those students who meet the academic requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

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In addition to the University and College requirements, students are expected to complete all of the following courses. A minimum of 24 of the upper-division credits in the B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior program must be taken at Florida Atlantic University.

Core Requirements

Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
Biological Principles BSC 1010 3
Biological Principles Lab BSC 1010L 1
Biodiversity BSC 1011 3
Biodiversity Lab BSC 1011L 1
Comparative Animal Behavior CBH 4024 3
General Chemistry 1 CHM 2045 3
General Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 2045L 1
General Chemistry 2 CHM 2046 3
General Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2046L 1
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Organic Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2211L 2
Math through Calculus MAC 2233, 2281, 2282, 2311, 2312 or 2313 3
Genetics PCB 3063 4
General Physics 1 and 2* or
College Physics 1 and 2*
PHY 2048 and PHY 2049 or
PHY 2053 and PHY 2054
8
Biological Bases of Behavior 1 PSB 3002 3
General Psychology PSY 1012 3
Research Methods in Psychology PSY 3213 3
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference PSY 3234 3
Intermediate Statistics Lab STA 3163L 1

* This degree program does not require that students take Physics lab courses. However, students considering medical school should take the lab sequences. The Physics Department may require labs as corequisites for lecture courses.

Concentration Area Elective Requirements
Students are expected to complete a minimum of 12 credits in one of the following areas of concentration of elective courses. Students are free to choose their elective courses from those listed below. Special Topics laboratory courses with the words "Research in (neuroscience-related topic)" or "Laboratory in (neuroscience-related topic)" can be substituted for one elective course, with permission of the program coordinator.

Behavioral Neuroscience
Auditory Perception EXP 4120 3
Human Perception EXP 4204 3
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Computer Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 3002L 3
Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 4004L 3
Biological Bases of Behavior II PSB 4006 3
Neuropsychology PSB 4240 3
Human Psychophysiology PSB 4323 3
Psychopharmacology PSB 4444 3
Developmental Psychobiology PSB 4504 3
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory PSB 4810 3
Biopsychology of Language PSB 4833 3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3

Cellular Molecular Neuroscience
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease PCB 4842 3
Practical Cell Neuroscience PCB 4843C 3
Human Morphology and Function 1 PCB 3703 3
Human Morphology and Function 1 Lab PCB 3703L 1
Human Morphology and Function 2 PCB 3704 3
Human Morphology and Function 2 Lab PCB 3704L 1
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023 3
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory PSB 4810 3

Ethology/Comparative Psychology
Psychology of Motivation EXP 4304 3
Marine Biology OCB 4043 2
Marine Biology Field Studies and Lab OCB 4043L 2
Principles of Ecology PCB 4043 3
Evolution PCB 4674 3
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Computer Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 3002L 3
Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 4004L 3
Developmental Psychobiology PSB 4504 3
Invertebrate Zoology ZOO 2203 3
Invertebrate Zoology Lab ZOO 2203L 2
Functional Biology of Marine Animals ZOO 4402 3
Functional Biology of Marine Animals Lab ZOO 4402L 1
Ornithology ZOO 4472 2
Ornithology Lab ZOO 4472L 2
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis ZOO 4690 3
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis Lab ZOO 4690L 2

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Master's Program

Master of Arts with Major in Psychology

Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree must meet each of the following criteria:

1. The student must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. It is not essential for this to be a degree in psychology.

2. The student must have a score of at least 150 on the verbal component and 150 on the quantitative component of the Graduate Record Examination.

3. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work.

4. The student must attain approval for graduate admission from the Department of Psychology.

Degree Requirements
A minimum of 30 credits of coursework and 6 M.A. thesis credits are required to complete the M.A. program.

Three quantitative courses (7 credits) are required, including the 3-credit Experimental Design I course (PSY 6206), the 1-credit Experimental Design 1 Lab course (PSY 6206L) and an additional 3-credit quantitative course approved by the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee. Only courses offered by the Department of Psychology (or other units in the College of Science) can be used to satisfy this additional 3-credit quantitative course requirement.

An additional seven courses (21 credits) are required. Of this total, at least 6 courses must consist of approved Department of Psychology graduate seminars, including a minimum of one regularly offered seminar in each of the following areas: behavioral neuroscience, cognition, developmental and social/personality. Any single course will satisfy the requirement of only one area (e.g., Seminar in Personality and Social Development can fulfill the developmental or social/personality area requirement, but not both). With the approval of the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee, one course taken outside the Department may be included in this seven-course requirement.

A total of 6 M.A. thesis credits (PSY 6971) is required. Students must register for M.A. thesis credits the semester after the M.A. thesis proposal is approved by the supervisory committee and during each subsequent regular academic (fall and spring) semester.

An additional 2 credits are required, which may be filled with electives and/or Directed Independent Study (EXP 6908). Students are encouraged (but not required) to take at least 1 credit of Directed Independent Study.

Students are required to maintain a grade point average of "B" (3.0) or better. Courses with grades of "C+" or lower will not satisfy program requirements.

Cognition
Seminar in Cognitive Development DEP 6067
Seminar in Individual Differences in Children's Thinking DEP 6932
Seminar in Human Perception EXP 6208
Seminar in Cognition EXP 6609
Special Topics in Cognition EXP 6930
Cognitive Neuroscience ISC 5465
Biological Vision PSB 5117
Seminar in Biopsychology of Language PSB 6809
Special Topics (Cognition) PSY 5930

Developmental
Seminar in Cognitive Development DEP 6067
Seminar in Personality and Social Development DEP 6098
Parent-Child Relationships DEP 6609
Evolutionary Developmental Psychology DEP 6610
Seminar in Development of Social Cognition DEP 6931
Seminar in Individual Differences in Children's Thinking DEP 6932
Special Topics in Developmental Psychology DEP 6930
Seminar in Developmental Psychobiology PSB 6509
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515
Developmental Neuropsychology PSB 6516

Social/Personality
Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology CBH 6303
Seminar in Personality and Social Development DEP 6098
Seminar in Self-Concept and Behavior PPE 6209
Seminar in Experimental Studies of Personality PPE 6709
Special Topics in Personality/Social Psychology PPE 6930
Evolution of Human Sexuality PSY 6840
Advanced Social Behavior SOP 6079
Seminar in Social Cognition and Behavior SOP 6440

Behavioral Neuroscience
Special Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience PSB 6930
Principles of Neuroscience PSB 6037
Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience PSB 6058
Methods of Psychobiology PSB 6118
Neuroscience 1 and 2 PSB 6345,
PSB 6346
Seminar in Developmental Psychobiology PSB 6509
Developmental Neuropsychology PSB 6516
Seminar in Biopsychology of Language PSB 6809

Transfer Students
Students may transfer up to 6 credits of graduate coursework completed at other institutions toward their M.A. degree. Approval for such transfer is made by the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee.

Thesis Advisor and Thesis Committee
By the end of the first semester of enrollment in the program, students must identify an M.A. thesis advisor. Students are encouraged to file an M.A. plan of study during the second semester of enrollment in the program. Students pursuing an M.A. along the way to a Ph.D. should also file a Ph.D. plan of study at the same time.

By the end of the second semester of enrollment, students must hold a meeting of their supervisory committee for the purpose of approving the M.A. thesis prospectus. There must be a minimum of three faculty members on the supervisory committee, and at least half of the supervisory committee must be graduate faculty in the Department of Psychology, including the committee chair. Committee composition must be approved by the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee.

Approval of a written thesis proposal by the supervisory committee must precede the experimental work required for thesis. Approval of the thesis proposal must be obtained during a meeting of the full committee. Additional meetings of the thesis supervisory committee should be held at least once a year to review the student's progress toward the degree. Approval of a written thesis during a full meeting of the supervisory committee is required.

Annual Review
All M.A. students will be evaluated by the entire graduate faculty during an annual meeting. Students who receive two consecutive unsatisfactory evaluations will be subject to dismissal.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Experimental Psychology (Changes below effective fall 2014.)

The Department of Psychology offers graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology. Students may select major and minor areas of study from five four areas of psychology: behavioral neuroscience, cognition, developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology and social/personality.

Admission to Doctoral Study
In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree must meet each of the following criteria:

1. The student must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. It is not essential for this to be a degree in psychology.

2 .The student must have a score of at least 153 on the verbal component and 152 on the quantitative component of the Graduate Record Examination.

3. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work.

4. The student must attain approval for graduate admission from the Department of Psychology.

An admitted applicant will usually have a strong record of achievement that is higher than the minimum requirements. In considering applications for admission to the Ph.D. program, the decision of the graduate admissions committee will be based on an evaluation of a student's record and the likelihood of success in the program. The committee will consider a number of factors that include, but are not limited to:

1. The applicant's record of achievement based on GPA, GRE scores and letters of recommendation;

2. The applicant's promise for research productivity while in graduate school; and

3. The availability and willingness of a faculty member to serve as a mentor for the student.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program will be assigned an advisor by the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee who will supervise their research and chair their M.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation committees. Considerable effort is devoted to matching students with advisors. As a consequence, few students change advisors. Changing advisors is not generally recommended because it slows progress toward graduation. The best time to change advisors is after completion of the M.A. degree but before admission to doctoral status. Students who change advisors must do so in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Psychology
Graduate Committee. Students without an advisor cannot continue in the program.

Course Requirements
Ph.D. students will complete the M.A. degree requirements as described above.

A total of 90 credits is required to complete the Ph.D. program. Up to 36 credits (30 credits of coursework and 6 thesis credits) that were used to satisfy the M.A. degree requirements are typically counted toward the Ph.D. degree requirements. No more than 6 M.A. thesis credits may be transferred to satisfy the doctoral degree requirements.

A total of four quantitative courses (10 credits) is required. All doctoral students must take the 3-credit Experimental Design I course (PSY 6206) or the 3-credit Experimental Design 2 course (PSY 6207), but they need not take both. The 1-credit Experimental Design 1 Lab course (PSY 6206L) is required, but this requirement may be waived with the written approval of the advisor. All quantitative courses outside of the Experimental Design sequence must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee. For students who take both Experimental Design I and Experimental Design 2, the third 3-credit quantitative course must be a course offered by the Department of Psychology (or another unit in the College of Science).

Students must take five courses (15 credits) in their major area.

An additional six courses (18 credits) are required. Of this total, students must take at least one regularly offered Department of Psychology seminar in each the following areas of study (excluding the student's major area): behavioral neuroscience, cognition, developmental and social/personality. Any single course will satisfy the requirement of only one area (e.g., Seminar in Personality and Social Development can fulfill the developmental or social/personality area requirement, but not both). Courses taken outside of the Department of Psychology must be approved by the student's advisor and the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee.

A minimum of 9 Ph.D. dissertation credits (PSY 7980) are required. Students must register for dissertation credits starting the semester after they are admitted to candidacy and during each subsequent regular academic (fall and spring) semester.

An additional 32 credits are required, which may be filled with electives, dissertation credits, Advanced Research in Psychology (PSY 7978) and Directed Independent Study (EXP 6908).

Taken together, doctoral students must complete a minimum of 10 graduate courses (30 credits) in the Department of Psychology (excluding thesis and dissertation credits, advanced research in psychology and directed independent study).

Students are required to maintain a grade point average of "B" (3.0) or better. Courses with grades of "C+" or lower will not satisfy program requirements.

Transfer Students
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program may transfer up to 30 graduate credits taken at other institutions. Transfer courses must be relevant to the student's program of study and must be approved by the student's advisor and the Department of Psychology Director of Graduate Studies. Requests to transfer credits into the student's area of study are not typically approved.

Doctoral students who have completed an M.A. thesis at another university or in another department at FAU may substitute this thesis for the M.A. thesis as part of the requirement for admission to doctoral candidacy if it is approved by the student's advisor and the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee.

Admission to Doctoral Status (Changes below effective fall 2014.)
Admission to doctoral status requires successful completion of Ph.D. coursework, successful completion and approval of a written M.A. thesis, the formation of a doctoral dissertation supervisory committee and approval of a written dissertation proposal by the doctoral dissertation committee.

In addition, comprehensive exams must be completed before a doctoral student is admitted to candidacy. Comprehensive exams are designed to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in the student's area. A student's comprehensive exam committee must include at least three members of the graduate faculty in the FAU Department of Psychology. The comprehensive exam committee is chaired by the student's advisor. The minimum comprehensive exam includes an eight-hour, closed-book essay exam, which may be spread across two separate, preferably consecutive, days. Exams may be separated by no more than 72 hours. The student must complete at least two written essays for each member of the committee.  Additional evaluation material (e.g., more essays, short answer questions, oral questions) may be requested by the comprehensive exam committee. Exams are graded as follows: pass, fail or conditional pass (a pass grade contingent on successful demonstration of competence not evident in the initial exam). A unanimous pass vote from the committee is required to complete the comprehensive exam degree requirement. Marginal pass results must be satisfactorily addressed within one month of receipt of written feedback or they will be treated as a fail.

Dissertation Advisor and Dissertation Committee
The doctoral dissertation committee must consist of at least five members. At least half of the committee must be graduate faculty in the Department of Psychology, including the committee chair. At least one member of the doctoral committee must be a faculty member from outside of the Department of Psychology. Committee composition must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee.

A central requirement for the Ph.D. degree is submission and defense of a dissertation based on original work in an area of specialization acceptable to the student's doctoral dissertation supervisory committee. The dissertation must be approved by the doctoral dissertation supervisory committee, the Department Chair and the Graduate College.

Doctoral dissertation supervisory committee approval of a written dissertation proposal must precede the experimental work required for the dissertation. Approval of the dissertation proposal must be obtained during a meeting of the full doctoral dissertation supervisory committee. Additional meetings of the doctoral dissertation supervisory committee should be held at least once a year to review the student's progress toward the degree.

Students who change supervisory committee members after a dissertation proposal has been approved must obtain permission to change the committee from the Graduate College and the Chair of the Department of Psychology Graduate Committee. A meeting of the new dissertation committee is required to review and approve of the dissertation prospectus.

Approval of a written dissertation during a full meeting of the doctoral dissertation supervisory committee is required. A publicly announced Departmental lecture summarizing the Ph.D. dissertation research is expected upon successful defense of the dissertation.

Annual Review
All Ph.D. students will be evaluated by the entire graduate faculty during an annual meeting. Students who receive two consecutive unsatisfactory evaluations will be subject to dismissal.

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