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Welcome to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Catalog system.

In order to graduate from USFSM, each degree-seeking student must meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the USFSM catalog of his/her choice. A degree-seeking student may choose any USFSM catalog published during his/her continuous enrollment. See the full Choice of Catalog entry for more information.

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), also known as USF Sarasota-Manatee, is a four-year, separately accredited member of the University of South Florida System, which comprises USF (in Tampa) and USF St. Petersburg (USFSP).  Located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, USA, USFSM is situated a half-mile north of University Parkway in Manatee County. Just steps from beautiful Sarasota Bay, USFSM’s scenic campus is near the historic Crosley Mansion, the Ringling Museum and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ).

We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our 40+ academic and certificate programs and our outstanding faculty —national and international leaders in their fields of specialization. Our campus provides a quality education for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees as well as master’s degrees, certificates and hosted programs. USFSM offers an outstanding learning environment that emphasizes student success and the tools necessary to fulfill your educational and career goals.

  • Our student-to-faculty ratio in courses is 12:1.
  • Our accrediting agency requires that 25 percent of undergraduate student credit hours be taught by faculty members with terminal degrees. More than 80 percent of our faculty boasts a terminal degree in the field that they teach (e.g. Ph.D.).

All of our academic programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our College of Education is accredited by CAEP and our College of Business by AACSB, the highest accreditation bodies for these colleges in the United States. We seek out faculty who are master teachers, cutting-edge researchers, and devoted to community service and leadership.

USFSM takes pride in our more than 17,000 alumni living and working in the region as civic and business leaders. Our community business partners and advisory boards help us connect to workforce needs and provide internship and research opportunities that often lead to jobs upon graduation. USFSM graduates competitive students for high-value careers that may or may not yet exist.

Over the past two years, we welcomed our first freshman classes to campus. A core curriculum provides the base for a robust, four-year bachelor’s degree, and we added Biology to our growing list of cutting-edge STEM programs with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories located at Mote Marine Laboratory. In 2014, USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership also unveiled an exciting Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch and hospitality training experiences at The Resort at Longboat Key Club.  The beautiful preserve areas, pond, courtyard and walkways of the USFSM campus gained a new Sarasota Bay Walk pedestrian and bicycle trail in 2014 that will enhance your overall campus experience. USFSM at North Port’s instructional site continues to offer a convenient location for south Sarasota county residents.  Beginning in 2015, USFSM will also offer its Hospitality Management program on the USF Tampa campus.

Please explore our website ( and find ways USFSM can help you prosper professionally and personally. We have no doubt that you will find USFSM to be on the front lines of quality higher education — transforming the lives of the students and community that we are proud to educate and serve.



The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Regional Accrediting Agencies/Commissions

New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Higher Learning Commision (HLC)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WASC-SCUC)




Location: SMC C107
Telephone: 941-359-4330

USFSM Academic Advising seeks to guide all students in selecting programs and courses best suited to their personal abilities, educational interests, and career objectives. Students who have been admitted to USFSM and their major area of study may visit their academic advisor. Prospective, admitted, and/or non-degree-seeking students who need information about USFSM academic structure may also visit Academic Advising.  All students are encouraged to establish an advising relationship and periodically visit their advisors to keep abreast of any policy, procedural, or curriculum changes that may affect them. Some colleges require advisor approval of student programs each semester.  It is important for students to keep in mind that although the University provides advising services to assist students with academic planning, it is each student’s responsibility to see that all graduation requirements are met.



DegreeWorks is the USF System-wide computer-assisted advising tool that provides personalized reports to assist with advice, student success, and planning for graduation. DegreeWorks creates personalized reports by matching the student’s academic record (both USF System and transfer courses) with the requirements of the student’s degree program. Students can use the “What If” option to explore different degree programs by creating a tailored curriculum including majors, concentrations, and minors. The “Look Ahead” feature is available for students to see how a proposed schedule of classes will be used toward completing their degree. Students with questions about DegreeWorks should contact their Academic Advisor.



Location: 6301 N.Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: 941-355-5252

USF System Policy 5-019:  Textbook and Supply Ordering

The USFSM bookstore’s goal is to provide support to the academic endeavors of the students and faculty, as well as enrich the spirit of the USF System. It is owned by the University of South Florida and operated by Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc.

The Bookstore offers new, used, digital and rental textbooks, general merchandise, and coordinates the sales of class rings and graduation items.   Personnel are available to assist with locating and/or ordering course materials and textbooks. The Bookstore also provides an online store for textbook reservations and/or delivery.  Textbook orders placed by the adoption deadline will be posted for each course offering for the upcoming term on the website prior to the first day of class for each term.   A book buyback program offers a source for cashing in used textbooks. For a list of books that are eligible for buyback and more information about how students may sell books to the Bookstore, please visit the website. The Bookstore accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards.   Students with confirmed financial aid eligibility may opt into the advance purchase program to purchase textbooks up to the approved purchase limit at the designated bookstore prior to receipt of their financial aid distribution, when necessary.    The Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Bookstore is open for extended hours at the beginning of each term.  The store is closed on Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of some Saturdays during the beginning of each academic term. The Bookstore business hours are subject to change. Check the website for current hours of operation.


Career Services

Location: SMC C107
Telephone: 941-359-4586

Career Services provides USFSM students with comprehensive career planning and job search services. Experienced professionals are available to help students choose a major, gain career related work experience, develop a job search plan, and make decisions about graduate school. Career Services also provides information on employment opportunities and creates venues where students can network with employers.

Appointments may be made to assist students in making informed career decisions, securing career related experience and preparing for employment. Appointments can be scheduled online from the website.

Career Planning

Career Assessments are available to help students identify career options that match their values, skills, interest, and personality. Students can connect their major to a variety of jobs, gather occupational information and meet with professionals working in a field of interest through Career Services.

Optimal 2.0 is an online suite of resources available to USFSM students. Practice the interview and create an interactive web page including resume, cover letter, and portfolio to present to a potential employer. A portfolio stores samples of your skills and experiences in common file formats including graphics, audio, and video. Optimal 2.0 creates a professional presentation to send employers and sets you apart from the competition.

College Central is a website where students can search for full- or part-time jobs and Federal Work study positions.  Here the student can gain career advice through a multimedia library and post their resume for employers to view.

Career Service coordinates events to assist students with making contacts with employers including informational interviews, business etiquette dinners, networking events, and on-campus interviews.


Juniors who are officially admitted to USFSM, have declared their major, and completed six credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.50, are eligible to participate in internships. Career Services will assist students in preparing for and securing an internship, as well as reviewing their responsibilities and employer expectations.  Internships are advertised on College Central. Internships for academic credit are referred to the sponsoring college.


Counseling & Wellness Center

Location: New College of Florida CWC 120, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL  34243
Telephone: 941-487-4254

USF System Regulation 6.0161: Access to Student Health Services and The Counseling Center

USFSM shares its Counseling and Wellness Center with New College of Florida.  The office is located on the New College of Florida campus at the address above.  Counseling is a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns, come to a greater understanding of yourself, and learn effective personal and interpersonal coping strategies. It involves a relationship between you and a professional therapist who has the desire and willingness to help you accomplish your individual goals.

The Counseling & Wellness Center provides a variety of counseling services:

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Psycho-educational information

Medical services are available during the Fall & Spring terms for registered students. Services are not available during Summer term or Winter break. A medical professional is available to students treating a variety of  illnesses. Students must bring their USFSM identification card with them to be seen for treatment. Also, measles and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) shots are available during the Fall & Spring terms for a fee. Standard office visits are free and students receive a discount on lab services and other tests. For specific cost information or an appointment, call the number listed above.


E-Learning Services

Location: B221
Telephone: 941-359-4225

E-Learning provides support for students and faculty members using learning management software and educational technologies such as Canvas, Blackboard Collaborate and Panopto.  Distance learning courses provide access to the university learning experience by removing barriers of time and place.  USFSM offers courses in a variety of disciplines and offers alternatives in time, place, format, or delivery systems to extend educational opportunities throughout the region and beyond.  A variety of technology options such as the World Wide Web, television, videoconferencing, and other technologies, allow faculty and students to communicate at the same time or on a time-delayed basis at times that fit the student’s personal schedule.  Distance learning courses are included with regular course offerings in OASIS and are identified by distance learning icons.


Global Engagement & International Programs

Location:                   University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee B-308
Telephone:               941-359-4314
Contact:                    Amela Malkic

Director for Global Engagement serves as primary liaison with USF World (Tampa) on managing related aspects of International programs at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  International initiatives include promoting study abroad opportunities for students and faculty, facilitating immigration paperwork and arrival of international students and scholars and processing international agreements. The Office is responsible for mandatory (SEVIS) immigration reporting and advising of international students/scholars at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Further coordination of international activities at USF Sarasota-Manatee includes:
– promoting awareness, understanding and compliance with regard to federal immigration
regulations for F- student and J-exchange visitor programs
– advising international students and scholars on immigration regulations pertaining to F/J
– planning and implementing orientation (check-in) and variety of information sessions for
international students and scholars
– assisting USFSM faculty with information on leading study abroad programs
– promoting study abroad opportunities to USFSM students
– managing University’s international agreement process and
– building alliances between University and foreign partner institutions


Information Commons

Telephone: 941-395-4225
Location: 2nd Floor Rotunda

The Information Commons, located on the second floor of the rotunda at USFSM, is a collaboration of faculty librarians, learning support specialists, trained tutors, and skilled technology staff offering individual assistance with reference, research, academics, and technology.  E-Learning, learning support services, library services, and technology services. The Information Commons also includes space for group study, and student printing funded through Student Government. The Resource Desk is staffed with knowledgeable employees who can troubleshoot your basic technology issues, and can assist with checking out technology equipment for student use for academic needs.

E-Learning Services provides faculty support and student assistance with Canvas, Blackboard Collaborate, Panopto and other tools with the learning management system.

Learning Support Services provides faculty consultants and trained tutors in the areas of math, writing, finance, accounting, chemistry, Spanish, and statistics with other subjects being considered on a semester-basis. Appointments can be scheduled online.

Library Services provides in-person and online library instruction.  Students who need help with research or finding library materials can schedule an appointment online or just drop-by the librarians’ offices for help.

Technology Services provides assistance Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, printing, equipment checkout, and many other services upon request.


Learning Support Services (Tutoring)

Location: B222
Telephone: 941-359-4323

Learning Support Services provides both face-to-face and online writing consultations and tutoring in select subjects and courses through one-on-one consultations and/or small group sessions with faculty consultants and peer tutors. Tutoring and writing consultations are provided free of charge to all students actively enrolled at USFSM and the North Port Instructional Site.  Currently, tutoring is available in writing, math, statistics, accounting, finance, American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish.

Writing consultants help individual writers think through their work, understand the writing process, and develop strategies for planning, drafting, and revising.  They help writers during all stages of the writing process; however, the goal of writing consultation is to help students learn to revise their own work, concentrating primarily on content, argumentation (thesis or focus), development, organization, and to a lesser extent format (APA, MLA, Chicago Style, etc.).  Although writing consultants can help writers identify and address problems with grammar, punctuation, mechanics, etc., they do not edit, proofread, or “correct” papers.

Peer tutors are undergraduate and graduate students who have met rigorous eligibility requirements.  All student tutors are recommended by faculty and are trained to assist their peers to comprehend challenging academic materials.  If you are interested in becoming a student tutor, please contact Learning Support Services.


Library Services

Location: 2nd Floor Rotunda, C203B and C203C
Telephone: 941-359-4225

Library Services provides in-person and online library instruction. Students who need help with research or finding library materials can schedule an appointment online or just drop-by the librarians’ offices for help.

USFSM students have access to all USF System Libraries including USF System online library resources of e-books, over 80,000 eJournals, and 900 databases.  The USF System Libraries and their affiliates hold approximately 70,000 media materials, 2.5 million volumes, and 29,000 serial titles, most in electronic format.  The state university libraries together contain over 12,000,000 volumes.

USF System Library Resources

USF Tampa Library 813-974-1611
Shimberg Health Sciences Library (MDC 1200, Tampa) 813-974-2243
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute Library (MHC 1744, Tampa) 813-974-4471
Nelson Poynter Library (St. Petersburg) 727-873-4123

USF System Libraries enhances teaching and learning through the delivery of online library resources on or off campus, as well as to all library affiliates. Online library resources include the library catalog, an electronic course reserve system, electronic journals, books and databases.  Many electronic resources are full-text, and include digitized historical materials such as photographs, documents, and oral histories.  Other online services include interlibrary loan, the ability to renew materials, and reference assistance via the library website.

The Library catalog may be searched by author, title, subject, and keyword to identify the libraries’ holdings.  The Library website also has links to the catalogs of libraries within the state and worldwide. Workstations within the USF libraries provide access to the catalog as well as a vast array of databases and online resources and services.

USF System libraries can obtain materials from each campus and other libraries upon request.  Students, staff and faculty can have access to resources by requesting material using online forms found at each library’s home web page. More information about USF Libraries, including the electronic resources and library services to distance learners, is available at

Jane Bancroft Cook Library

Locaton: New College of Florida Campus, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: 941-487-4305

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library is the shared library for USFSM and New College of Florida students.  The library provides collections, resources and services to support both institutions.  The two-story building, located just 0.5 miles south of the USFSM, offers a physical collection including over 280,000 books, as well as periodicals, CDs, DVDs, and other audio visual materials. The library offers late night hours, quiet and group study space, and abundant computer workstations.   Visit our website for more information.


Public Safety

Campus Security

Location: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, SMC B125
Telephone: 941-993-8548

Public Safety is provided by two professional entities; USFSM Security Officers resident on campus, and Campus Police based at New College of Florida.  The Security Officers maintain an office on campus located in room B125.  They are on duty throughout the day Monday through Saturday when the building is open.  The Security Officers are equipped with a Campus Police radio and cell phone as they patrol the building and parking lots.  They provide a myriad of services to the campus community, including CPR/AED. Upon request, they are available to escort you to your vehicle, and they are equipped to provide limited vehicle assistance, such as jump-starts.

Campus security and emergency assistance guidelines, which include general crime prevention tips and important phone numbers, are posted in all classrooms.

Campus Police

Location: 501 College Drive (New College Campus), CPD, Sarasota, FL  34243
Telephone: Main Number: 941-487-4210
Police Dispatcher/Emergency Number: 941-487-4210
Or Dial 911

The Campus Police Department’s mission is to protect you and your property.  The Department serves USFSM, and New College of Florida, where their office is located.  All campus police officers are certified by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida State Statute, Chapter 943. The Campus Police Department provides a full range of public safety services to the campus community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. General services provided include: mobile and foot patrol, criminal investigation of all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed on campus, traffic enforcement, crash investigation, responding to and rendering assistance for all types of emergencies, and crime prevention programs.

The Campus Police Department has an excellent working relationship with all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, ensuring the delivery of professional law enforcement services. The Department has Combined Voluntary Cooperation and Operational Mutual Aid Agreements with all Manatee and Sarasota County law enforcement agencies as well as all State University Police Departments. All agencies are available to assist upon request. Communication and coordination with all agencies are maintained via computer, radio and telephonic communication capabilities.

Emergency Services

Emergency Numbers: Campus Police: 941-487-4210
Counseling & Wellness Center: 941-487-4254
Victim Advocate: 941-504-8599
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC): 941-365-1976
Bayside Center: 941-917-7760
Or Dial 911

Should a situation occur requiring immediate assistance at a time when a Counseling Center representative is not available to take a call or after regular hours. Assistance may be obtained by contacting Campus Police at (941) 487-4210, by dialing 911, or by visiting the nearest emergency room and requesting the mental health professional on call.  These emergencies may involve suicidal or homicidal crisis, sexual assault or rape, domestic violence, death, serious accident, or thoughts of committing dangerous acts.  The emergency service is not a crisis hotline.  Students who are emotionally distressed and simply need to talk to someone should go to the Counseling Center during regular office hours.

Victim Advocate Program

A Victim Advocate is available to support victims of violence at any time needed. To reach the Victim Advocate, call (941) 504-8599 and follow the instructions. The Victim Advocate will provide information, support and guidance, ensuring the following:

  1. Crisis intervention
  2. Emergency shelter, medical help, and counseling referrals
  3. Assistance as needed

The program is available to assist all students, faculty and staff who have experienced actual or threatened violence, including, but not limited to: battery, assault, stalking, sexual battery (date rape, acquaintance rape, stranger rape), and attempted sexual assault.

Police reports are strongly encouraged; however, reports are not required for information and referral assistance.  Information shared with the Victim Advocate is considered confidential and will go no further without permission from the victim.

Student Health Services (USF Tampa)

Location: 4202 East Fowler Avenue, SHS 100, Tampa FL 33620 6750
Telephone: 813-974 2331

The Student Health clinic is located east of the Marshall Student Center and USF Bookstore, just north of the Student Services building. The SHS Annex (Insurance Office) is located in the basement of the bookstore; the entrance is located on the southeast side of the building.  Payment for services may be required by USFSM students.  Please refer to the above USF System regulation.


Student Engagement

Location: SMC A110
Telephone: 941-359-4268

The Office of Student Engagement at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is dedicated to helping every one of our students reach their full potential and achieve success.  The programs and services we offer foster student development, enhance the overall educational experience, and prepare our students to be contributing members of a diverse global society.  The Student Engagement staff is well-trained, and our initiatives are designed to help all students transition into and through college.

Student Government

Location: SMC A110
Telephone: (941) 359-4253
Website: USF Sarasota-Manatee Orgsync

USF System Regulation:  USF6.028 Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is the largest organization at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  The three branches of the Student Government Association are comprised of student leaders who advocate for the students:

Executive: executes programs and initiatives

The Executive Branch is responsible for executing the initiatives and programs of Student Government. The Student Body President and Vice President are elected during the spring elections and are responsible for appointing the leaders to various positions within their cabinet at the end of the spring semester.

Legislative: writes and implements rules and laws

The Legislative Body of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association is responsible for the annual allocation of the Activity and Service fees (A&S) that every student pays. These allocations fund entities such as your Campus Activities Board, Homecoming, etc. as well as our diverse student organizations.

Judicial: responsible for appeals and interprets rules

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Supreme Court serves to administer proper action when Student Government Law is misinterpreted or violated. The Supreme Court is made up of six student justices and is led by the Chief Justice. The justices are appointed by the Student Government President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Once an appointment is made, the candidate must appear before the Senate Judicial committee. If confirmed by the committee, the candidate then appears before the entire Senate for confirmation. Once confirmed the candidate is sworn in as an Associate Justice. The court elects, from within their ranks, a Senior Justice (Second-in-command) and a Ranking Justice (Third-in-command).

Student Organizations

Location: SMC A110
Telephone: (941) 359-4268
Website: Student Clubs and Organizations

USF System Regulation USF6.017: Registration and Conduct of Student Organizations

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee offers a number of ways for our students to get involved on campus.  Currently, there are over 30 active student organizations which include our Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board.  We encourage our students to get involved with one or both of these organizations or any of the other student clubs and organizations that USF Sarasota-Manatee has to offer.  View our current clubs and organizations through!


Student Ombudsman

Location: SMC B114
Telephone: 941-359-4466

The Student Ombudsman provides a confidential, independent, informal, and neutral resource for students who have college related complaints and/or concerns of a non-legal nature.  The student ombudsman is accountable to the Regional Chancellor and serves as an alternate resource for students complementing existing channels of information and support.


Students With Disabilities Services

Location: SMC C107
Telephone: 941-359-4714

USF System Policy: 0-108 Disability and Accommodations (Public/Employees/Students)

Students with Disabilities Services (SDS) is dedicated to providing comprehensive services to students with disabilities to ensure full participation in all aspects of USFSM campus and student life. Support services are provided for students with temporary or permanent disabilities.

The student initiates the process by identifying herself/himself to the SDS office and completing an application.  Students must provide documentation of a disability. Please visit our website for guidelines and verification forms. SDS staff and other experts will review the documentation. In cases where documentation is not available, please consult with SDS.  Once approved, the SDS coordinator and the student will sign an accommodation plan outlining academic accommodations.

Each semester the student is responsible for giving each of her/his professors a memorandum of accommodation.  Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, note taking services, extended test time, books in electronic/audio format, and assistive technology.  The accommodations should maintain the academic integrity of the course and never alter the level of ability or mastery the individual is required to demonstrate.


Catalog Applicability

The catalog is an outline of the academic offerings and related processes for general reference.  Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in the Catalog is accurate.  However, the University is a dynamic entity and change may occur during the term between Catalog publications.  Accordingly, students should avail themselves of the most current publications available online including the most current Regulations and Policies and to request any updates to the catalog or related information. Since expected changes may occur during the academic year, the listings, descriptions, course offerings and information on costs in this catalog do not constitute a guarantee on behalf of the University. The University reserves the right to correct clerical and /or typographical errors.


USF Policy #10-059



University of South Florida System (USF System) institutions publish undergraduate and graduate catalogs on each campus. Catalogs are not contracts, but are the source of general information including the USF System, its campuses, community, curricular offerings, degree and admission requirements, academic calendar, and facilities available to students, faculty and staff.


The USF System member institutions reserve the right to change or modify academic
requirements, course information, and curricula as authorized by the USF Board of Trustees, Florida Board of Governors or Florida law. Revisions to catalogs will not alter provisions, terms, fees, or requirements under existing University regulations or policies.

The catalogs are revised each academic year according to each respective institution’s faculty council decisions. The catalogs will be updated without notice as degree programs or curricula changes are approved by the appropriate USF System authority, the Florida Board of Governors or Florida law.

In the event of conflict between any provisions in the catalogs and any USF System regulations or policies, the document most currently revised or adopted by the USF Board of Trustees shall prevail.

A degree-seeking student may choose any USF catalog (of the institution in which they are enrolled) published during his/her continuous enrollment. As degree-seeking students will be enrolled over the course of several terms, the catalogs may change. In the event of a conflict, to the extent possible, the University will make every effort to apply the appropriate catalog that protects the interest of the student. However, in the case of policy and program changes, or issues of accreditation and legislative changes, the most current catalog will be applied, if necessary.

Each Institution will follow its established annual catalog approval process, with final approval residing with the appropriate faculty councils. The councils will operate with established timelines and protocols.




Requisite Abbreviations

Abbreviation Term Description
PR Prerequisite Prerequisite courses must be complete prior to enrolling in the next course.
CP Co-prerequisite Co-prerequisite course must be either completed prior to enrolling or completed in the same semester.
CR Co-requisite Co-requisite courses are two courses that must be completed in the same semester.
CI Consent of Instructor
DPR Department/College permit required

Core Curriculum Abbreviations

General Education Requirements
Abbreviation Term
SMCO Communications
SMHU Humanities
SMMA Mathematics
SMNS Natural Sciences
SMSS Social Sciences

Foundations of Success Curriculum
Abbreviation Term
SMFS Foundations of Success

Upper-level Pillars
Abbreviation Term
SMCC Communication & Critical Thinking Pillar
SMCD Community Engagement & Diversity Pillar
SMLE Leadership & Ethics Pillar


Gordon Rule Requirements
Abbreviation Term
6ACO Gordon Rule Communication
6AMO Gordon Rule Computation


2013-14 or earlier General Education Abbreviations

General Education Requirements
Abbreviation Term
AP African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or Asian Perspectives (ALAMEA)
EC English Composition
FA Fine Arts Perspectives
HP Historical Perspectives
NS Natural Sciences
QM Quantitative Methods
SS Social Sciences

Exit Requirements
Abbreviation Term
LW Literature and Writing
MW Major Works and Major Issues


Choice of Catalog

In order to graduate from USFSM, each degree-seeking student must meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the USFSM catalog of his/her choice. A degree-seeking student may choose any USFSM catalog published during his/her continuous enrollment. Students who have transferred from one Florida public institution to another are affected by the following Department of Education policy:

Graduation requirements in effect at the receiving SUS institution at the time a student enrolls at a Florida public institution of higher learning shall apply to that student in the same manner that graduation requirements apply to its native students provided the student has had continuous enrollment as defined in the SUS institution’s catalog.

At USFSM, “continuous enrollment” is defined as enrolling as a degree-seeking student at least one term each twelve month period. Therefore, students cannot choose a USFSM catalog published prior to or during an academic year in which they did not maintain continuous enrollment. (Each catalog is considered to be published during the academic year printed on the title page.)

If the student cannot meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the catalog of his/her choice due to decisions and changes by the University in policy matter, course offering, etc., appropriate substitutions will be determined by the college dean of the student’s major.

USF System policies are subject to change and apply to all students regardless of their choice of catalog. If the student’s graduation requirements are affected by changes in University policies, appropriate arrangements will be made to preclude penalization of the student.


Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System

Courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).  This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and by  participating nonpublic institutions.  The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions.  Students and administrators can use the online SCNS to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions.  This information is at the SCNS website at

Each participating institution controls the title, credit, and content of its own courses and recommends the first digit of the course number to indicate the level at which students normally take the course.  Course prefixes and the last three digits of the course numbers are assigned by members of faculty discipline committees appointed for that purpose by the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee.  Individuals nominated to serve on these committees are selected to maintain a representative balance as to type of institution and discipline field or specialization.

The course prefix and each digit in the course number have a meaning in the SCNS.  The listing of prefixes and associated courses is referred to as the “SCNS taxonomy.”  Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as “statewide course profiles.”

Example of Course Identifier

Prefix Level Code Century Digit Decade Digit Unit Digit Lab Code
(first digit) (second digit) (third digit) (fourth digit)
ENC 1 1 0 1
English Lower (Freshman) Freshman Freshman Freshman No laboratory
Composition Level at this institution Composition Composition Skills Composition Skills I component in this course


General Rule for Course Equivalencies

Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the course number and are guaranteed to be transferable between participating institutions that offer the course, with a few exceptions, as listed below in Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency.

For example, a freshman composition skills course is offered by 84 different public and nonpublic postsecondary institutions.  Each institution uses “ENC_101” to identify its freshman composition skills course.  The level code is the first digit and represents the year in which students normally take the course at a specific institution.  In the SCNS taxonomy, “ENC” means “English Composition,” the century digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition,” the decade digit “0” represents “Freshman Composition Skills,” and the unit digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition Skills I.”

In the sciences and certain other areas, a “C” or “L” after the course number is known as a lab indicator.  The “C” represents a combined lecture and laboratory course that meets in the same place at the same time.  The “L” represents a laboratory course or the laboratory part of a course that has the same prefix and course number but meets at a different time or place.

Transfer of any successfully completed course from one participating institution to another is guaranteed in cases where the course to be transferred is equivalent to one offered by the receiving institution.  Equivalencies are established by the same prefix and last three digits and comparable faculty credentials at both institutions.   For example, ENC 1101 is offered at a community college.  The same course is offered at a state university as ENC 2101.  A student who has successfully completed ENC 1101 at a Florida College System institution is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for ENC 2101 at the state university if the student transfers.  The student cannot be required to take ENC 2101 again since ENC 1101 is equivalent to ENC 2101.  Transfer credit must be awarded for successfully completed equivalent courses and used by the receiving institution to determine satisfaction of requirements by transfer students on the same basis as credit awarded to the native students.  It is the prerogative of the receiving institution, however, to offer transfer credit for courses successfully completed that have not been designated as equivalent. NOTE: Credit generated at institutions on the quarter-term system may not transfer the equivalent number of credits to institutions on the semester-term system. For example, 4.0 quarter hours often transfers as 2.67 semester hours.

The Course Prefix

The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or subcategory of knowledge.  The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is offered.  Rather, the content of a course determines the assigned prefix to identify the course.

Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses

Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, states:

Any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system faculty committees representing school districts, public postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions to be academically equivalent to courses offered at the receiving institution, including equivalency of faculty credentials, regardless of the public or nonpublic control of the previous institution. The Department of Education shall ensure that credits to be accepted by a receiving institution are generated in courses for which the faculty possess credentials that are comparable to those required by the accrediting association of the receiving institution. The award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the statewide course numbering system. Credits awarded pursuant to this subsection shall satisfy institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.

Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency

Since the initial implementation of the SCNS, specific disciplines or types of courses have been excepted from the guarantee of transfer for equivalent courses.  These include courses that must be evaluated individually or courses in which the student must be evaluated for mastery of skill and technique.  The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not transfer.  Transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

  1. Courses not offered by the receiving institution.
  2. For courses at nonregionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the established transfer date of the course in question.
  3. Courses in the _900-999 series are not automatically transferable, and must be evaluated individually. These include such courses as Special Topics, Internships, Apprenticeships, Practica, Study Abroad, Theses, and Dissertations.
  4. Applied academics for adult education courses.
  5. Graduate courses.
  6. Internships, apprenticeships, practica, clinical experiences, and study abroad courses with numbers other than those ranging from 900-999.
  7. Applied courses in the performing arts (Art, Dance, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre) and skills courses in Criminal Justice (academy certificate courses) are not guaranteed as transferable. These courses need evidence of achievement (e.g., portfolio, audition, interview, etc.).

Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions

The SCNS makes available on its home page ( a report entitled “Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions” that contains a comprehensive listing of all nonpublic institution courses in the SCNS inventory, as well as each course’s transfer level and transfer effective date. This report is updated monthly.

Questions about the SCNS and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to Cynthia Brown Hernandez in the Office of Undergraduate Studies or to the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 1401 Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.  Special reports and technical information may be requested by calling the SCNS office at (850) 245-0427 or at


Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Science, B.S.
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, B.S.A.S.
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, B.S.I.T.
  • Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • Master of Arts, M.A.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T.
  • Master of Education, M.Ed.
  • Master of Science, M.S.

The USFSM colleges therein establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. These requirements concern such things as curricula and courses, majors and minors, and academic residence. Advisors, directors, and deans are available to help the student understand and arrange to meet these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student’s course of study, if requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree will not be granted. For this reason, it is important for all students to acquaint themselves with all regulations and to remain currently informed throughout their college careers and to be responsible for completing requirements. Courses, programs, and requirements described in the catalog may be suspended, deleted, restricted, supplemented, or changed in any other manner at any time at the sole discretion of the University and the USF System Board of Trustees.



USFSM Campus

The USFSM campus on the edge of Manatee and Sarasota counties occupies a magical place in a very special part of Florida, where students enjoy natural beauty, diverse arts and culture and a passion for excellence.  USFSM is the centerpiece of the higher education corridor in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, offering a true sense of place and an unusually rich climate ideal for personal growth and intellectual development. USFSM moved to its current location in 2006 which includes a 100,000 square foot facility with classrooms, a 200-seat Selby Auditorium, video conferencing rooms, computer laboratories, a technology and learning center, a library information commons, a café, a student lounge, a fitness center and faculty and staff office space. The main building surrounds the expansive courtyard an ideal event venue distinguished by beautiful landscaping, hammocks and seating areas.


Culinary Innovation Lab

The Culinary Innovation Lab at USF Sarasota-Manatee is a state-of-the-art teaching facility that serves as a culinary home for the USFSM College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. The lab provides a fully-equipped teaching center for students in the Hospitality Management program, as well as an inviting venue for signature USFSM events, both public and private.


North Port Instructional Site

USFSM at North Port is an important resource for students living in south Sarasota County and its surrounding areas.  This convenient instructional site offers undergraduate, upper-level coursework in elementary education, psychology, criminology,  interdisciplinary social science, and leadership studies.  The convenient location allows students to pursue higher educational opportunities where they live and work.  Courses are provided via traditional classroom, e-learning, blended, and video conference technologies. Online bachelor’s coursework includes hospitality management and information technology.

Academic advising along with learning support (tutoring) and library services are available to students at no cost, as needed.  A student commons area provides access to computers, printing, and group study areas.  The highly qualified professors teaching at USFSM at North Port include both resident and adjunct faculty.  Students enjoy the small class sizes which allows for personalized instruction and support.


Teaching Labs at Mote Marine Laboratory

The USFSM Teaching Labs at Mote Marine Laboratory are housed in a 4,600-square-foot space that includes a biology lab, chemistry lab and student lounge area. Each lab has 26 individual student stations that are served by laboratory gas and fume snorkels. There are full teaching stations in each lab with ample storage cabinets and laboratory filtered water. A lab prep area serves features subzero freezers, autoclaves, incubators and student safety stations. In the teaching labs, USFSM students have the opportunity to work hands-on with USFSM faculty as well as Mote’s world-class, professional researchers who are engaged daily in real-world science.


University of South Florida in Tampa Teaching Site

USF Sarasota-Manatee offers two of its existing degrees on the USF campus in Tampa: (1) Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality Management for first-time-in-college and pre-hospitality students and (2) Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) with a concentration in Hospitality Management for transfer students with Associate of Science (AS) degrees.  Hospitality degrees are confirmed at USFSM.  Please see USF/USFSM Hospitality advisors with any questions.


Strategic Plan

USFSM serves more than 4,500 students annually and offers undergraduate, graduate degrees, and professional certificate programs. The campus is located on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail), about a half-mile north of University Parkway on the border of Sarasota and Manatee Counties near Sarasota Bay, the Crosley Mansion, the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.  The 100,000-square-foot state-of-the-art academic facility houses 21 classrooms, a 190-seat lecture/exhibition hall, seminar lecture capture classrooms, video-conferencing rooms, and computer labs.  The USFSM Strategic Plan describes our commitment and planning for higher education.


The University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee provides high quality bachelor’s and
graduate‐level education and scholarly activity in a personalized learning community that
prepares successful leaders and responsible citizens.


As a valued member of the USF System, the University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee will
be nationally recognized as a student‐centered, research focused, community‐engaged
university with significant economic and cultural impact to the region.


The University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee embraces the values of higher

  • Academic Excellence
  • Freedom of Inquiry
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Shared Governance
  • Accountability
  • Student‐centeredness

Strategic Goals

Student Success: Ensure student retention, timely completion, employment success, and student satisfaction.

Campus Life: Foster an intentional culture of campus engagement.

Intentional Enrollment Management: Strategically recruit and retain students by growing existing programs and creating new programs of strategic emphasis or demonstrated demand.

Teaching and Learning: Explore and implement innovative technologies and pedagogical methods that increase student engagement in the learning process and improve student learning outcomes.

Scholarly Activity: Recognize and support diverse faculty and student research activities.

Community Engagement: Build and be known for a community engagement identity in partnership with a variety of organizations throughout the service area.

Resources: Preserve, grow, and diversify the human, physical, financial, private, and other resources, aligning them to support the strategic goals.

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