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First Year Students

The College of Public Health welcomes you to the University of South Florida! As a new student to the University and to the College, it is important that you review each of the following information about the University and Academic requirements. Please remember this information does not take the place of orientation; you must attend the entire orientation program. Again, we welcome you to the University and look forward to meeting you at orientation this summer!

  • First Semester Overview

    Most students will have a similar first semester schedule completing Foundation of Knowledge and Learning Requirements:

    • English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social & Behavior Science
    • University Experience

    Generally, students take 13 to 15 hours their first semester and then gradually increase to a heavier load. Twelve hours is the minimum required to be full time; you can always increase your load the next semester.

    Keep in mind that if you have Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or dual enrollment credits, your schedule will vary somewhat from the above. Students admitted into the University Honors College will also have different schedules.

  • How your First Semester Courses are Chosen

    Foundation of Knowledge Courses

    All students, regardless of major, are required to take the same number of general education courses which we call Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKLs). Usually you will complete these courses by the end of your sophomore year. We encourage you to choose classes from the categories that are interesting to you.

  • English & Math Course Placement Based on Test Scores

    Placement in most of your classes is based on departmental SAT/ACT guidelines, with some consideration given to your high school experience. The State of Florida also has laws governing remedial classes.

    The state cutoff scores:

    Test
    SAT VERBAL - 440 QUANTITATIVE- 440
    ACT ENGLISH - 17 READING - 18 MATHEMATICS- 19
    CPT ENGLISH - 83 READING - 83 MATHEMATICS - 72

    English and Reading Placement:
    All students are required to complete two semesters of English Composition (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102). Students with lower test scores may also be required to take a Reading course. ENC 1101 and 1102 are 3 hours each; Prep Writing and Lab (ENC 0020) and Prep Reading and Lab (REA 0002) are both 5 hours.

    TestScoresAppropriate CoursesNote
    SAT BELOW 440 ENC 0020 & REA 0002 REQUIRED REMEDIATION
    ACT READING-BELOW 17 REA 0002 (5 HOURS) REQUIRED REMEDIATION
    ACT ENGLISH-BELOW 16 ENC 0020 (5 HOURS) REQUIRED REMEDIATION
    SAT
    ACT
    440 OR HIGHER
    ENGLISH-17 OR HIGHER
    RENC 1101

    Math and Science Placement:
    All Public Health students are required to take at least two approved Math and two approved Science courses.

    TestScoresAppropriate CoursesNote
    SAT
    ACT
    200-430
    1-18
    MAT 0024 (5 HOURS) REQUIRED REMEDIATION
    SAT
    ACT
    440 OR HIGHER
    19 OR HIGHER
    MGF 1106 OR 1107

    Please note if you took both the ACT and the SAT, you should use the highest score from each section to determine your placement. For example, if you earned a 15 on the math portion of the ACT, but a 490 on the math portion of the SAT, you should choose MGF 1106 or MGF 1107 for your math course. Please see the tables above, or see an advisor if you have questions.

  • First Year Students Beginning in the Summer Term

    If you are starting in the summer semester your Advisor has chosen two 1000- or 2000-level courses from the following Foundations of Knowledge and Learning categories:

    If you have dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits, contact a Public Health Advisor to ensure you are not registered for courses that you have already completed. If you are a Honors College Student you should contact the program advisor with this information.

    DISCLAIMER: The announcements, information, policies, rules, regulation and procedures on this web site are for information only and are subject to continual review and change without notice. This page is offered by the College and does not replace Academic Advising or the University's Catalog. You are responsible for meeting all graduation requirements listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Making Changes to your Schedule