Credit for Research

Students pursing undergraduate research in chemistry at USF must enroll in Chem 397. At least one unit of CHEM 397 is required for chemistry majors who wish to receive ACS-certification. Enrollment in Chem 397 is also strongly encouraged for our majors with a biochemistry emphasis and can be done with any professor. This course meets with a research active professor during the semester and may be taken for 1 units per semester and repeated for a maximum of 4 units total.

CHEM 397: Research Methods and Practice. The primary purpose of the course will be a hands-on research experience as part of a faculty led research or scholarly project. Students must be accepted into a research group before adding the course, with priority given to majors who have completed Chem 231/260.  In fall all undergraduate researchers will meet periodically to evaluate the chemical literature, review safety and give an informal presentation. In addition, the faculty will assist students in writing a required research progress report from work completed in fall or the preceding summer. In spring, the course instructor will assist students in preparing a professional oral or graphical presentation of research for a campus, local and/or national meeting. A full written report is required for students in their final semester who are completing the optional ACS-certified degree. Offered every semester for 1 unit and can be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.