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- Spring Semester 2021 – Undergraduate & Graduate
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Evaluation of Preparatory Education: Petition to Substitute Bachelor of Architecture Course Requirement
The Bachelor of Architecture (160 undergraduate credits) at the USC School of Architecture is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
In order to evaluate for a course substitution from a preparatory institution (community college or 4-5 year undergraduate program of study), the following must be submitted for review:
- Complete Petition Form
- Full course syllabus from the year/term in which the course was completed
- Material completed in the course which address the required Student Performance Criteria outlined on the petition form
The USC Architecture faculty who teaches the course in question will review the material submitted to assess if the content is equivalent to the course goals and objectives and fulfills the Required Student Performance Criterion/a(SPC). Syllabi from different courses may be applied to a single course waiver.
Courses numbered 100-299 are considered Lower Division courses. It is not possible to request a substitution for a USC course number 300-599 with a course completed at a community college.
The following lower division Bachelor of Architecture course requirements are eligible for substitution review. Click on the course below to access the petition form found under the downloads menu.
Undergraduate lower division courses eligible for review:
Arch 102aL Architectural Design I (4 units)
Arch 102bL Architectural Design I (4 units)
Arch 105L Fundamentals of Design Communication (2 units)
ARCH 114 Architecture: Culture and Community (2 units)
Arch 202AL Architectural Design II (6 units)
Arch 202BL Architectural Design II (6 units)
ARCH 211 Material and Methods of Building Construction (3 units)
Arch 213aG Building Structures and Seismic Design (3 units)
Arch 213BG Building Structures and Seismic Design (3 units)
Arch 214AG World History of Architecture (3 units)
Arch 214BG World History of Architecture (3 units)
ARCH 215 Design for the Thermal and Atmospheric Environment (3 units)
Evaluation of Preparatory Education: Petition to Substitute Master of Architecture Basic Studies Course Requirement
The Master of Architecture (102 graduate credits) at the USC School of Architecture is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
In order to evaluate for a course waiver from a preparatory institution (4-5 year undergraduate program of study), the following must be submitted for review:
- Complete Petition Form
- Full course syllabus (in English) from the year/term in which the course(s) was completed
- Syllabi may be supplemented with material competed in the course(s) which address the required Student Performance Criteria outlined on the petition form
Syllabi from different courses may be applied to a single course waiver. The Associate Director of the Master of Architecture Program will review the material submitted to assess the following:
1. If the content is equivalent to the course goals, objectives, and level; and
2. If the content fulfills all the Required Student Performance Criteria (SPC).
The following Master of Architecture Basic Studies course requirements are eligible for substitution review. Click on the course below to access the petition form found under the downloads menu.
Basic Studies course requirements that are eligible for review:
ARCH-514a Global History of Architecture (3 units)
History: Historical traditions and global culture, including non-western content.
ARCH-514B Global History of Architecture (3 units) History: Historical traditions and global culture, including non-western content.
ARCH-511 Building Systems: Materials and Construction (4 units) Construction: Building materials and assemblies.
ARCH-611 Advanced Building Systems Integration (4 units) Construction: This course has highly specific content. Special review required for waiver.
ARCH-523AL Structural Design and Analysis (3 units) Structures
ARCH-523BL Structural Design and Analysis (3 units) Structures
ARCH-575a Systems: The Thermal Environment (3 units) Systems: Environmental systems and sustainability.
ARCH-575B Systems: Luminous and Auditory Phenomena in Architecture (3 units) Systems: Includes sustainability day-lighting, building services systems, access, fire and life safety, plumbing.
ARCH-525* Professional Practice: Pre-Design, Project and Office Administration (3 units) Practice: This course has highly specific content required for waiver. Waivers are typically not approved.
ARCH-526* Professional Practice: Legal and Economic Context Project Documentation (3 units) This course has specific BIM and studio coordination requirements. Waivers are typically not approved.
*ARCH-410, ARCH-525, ARCH-526: It is theoretically possible to obtain a waiver for ARCH-410, ARCH-525 and ARCH-526, as they are considered basic studies, but this waiver is granted very rarely in only a few cases, as the precise emphasis of these three courses are considered unique to USC and fundamental to your professional accredited education. Thus, much more detailed material must be provided during process for any possible waiver.
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- What is Departmental Clearance (D-Clearance)?
The D-Clearance process is used by the School of Architecture to ensure our courses are open only to those who have met required pre-requisites and to manage class enrollment. Courses that require D-Clearance will have a “D” after the five-digit class number (i.e. 11200D), and you must obtain D-Clearance before you can register. D-Clearances are given on a first-come first-serve basis and must be requested from the Academic Department offering the course. D-Clearance for Architecture (ARCH) courses may be requested online.
- When can I register?
Each semester you will be issued a Permit to Register with an assigned date and time after which you can register for your courses for the following semester. You may view your Permit to Register on OASIS by logging onto your myUSC account. Also included on your Permit is information on any Activity Restrictions that will prevent you from registering.
- How many units do I have to take each semester?
As our programs of study are structured and sequential in nature, it is strongly advised that you follow the sample curriculum set for your degree program as outlined in the USC Catalogue. If you plan to take less units than what is required of the degree program, please be sure to consult with your Academic Advisor and/or your Graduate Program Director/Advisor. Also, check with the USC Financial Aid Office and/or your scholarship coordinator to determine if part-time student status will affect your financial aid package and/or scholarship. Part-time student status may also affect you if you are covered under your parents’ health insurance. Be sure to check with your insurance company for verification.
- How can I find out when my Final Exams are scheduled?
On the left side of the Online Schedule of Classes is a Final Examination Schedule and Final Examination Schedule Worksheet link. This information is available one semester in advance. Be sure to consult this schedule before scheduling your travel plans for Winter or Summer Break. Exams cannot be re-scheduled due to travel schedule conflicts.
- I received an SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) notice from Financial Aid. What should I do?
Students are required, both by federal and state financial aid guidelines, as well as by USC’s Financial Aid Office, to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards their degree. SAP regulations govern how many classes a student should be taking in a given semester and how many semesters of financial aid students can receive. Detailed information about SAP and related policies can be found at the USC Admission and Financial Aid Office's Web site. Students who have specific questions about how SAP regulations apply to their situation, or who might need to complete an SAP appeal, should make an appointment to meet with their advisor.
- I am thinking about taking a summer course at another institution, what do I need to do?
There are significant restrictions on transferring courses. Before taking courses at another college, please consult with your academic advisor and also log into OASIS to complete the online “Request for pre-approval to transfer course work to USC.” The online “Request for pre-approval to transfer course work to USC” will provide an immediate response. Once undergraduate Architecture students have matriculated at USC the only courses allowed to be taken outside the University are: Math 108, Diversity, and free elective units. After earning 64 units at USC you are limited to transferring in just 8 units.
- I want to take a summer course at USC, how long is the Summer Session?
Each summer session varies in length. Please consult the Schedule of Classes each summer. A link on the left- hand side of the summer Schedule of Classes will direct you to the summer session code and length of the class. Please pay attention to the first three digits of the class number, as this indicates your summer session code and length of the class. For example, a class number of 054-20301D represents a summer session code of 054. You can also click on the calendar icon to the far right of each course listing.
- What are the GPA requirements in the School of Architecture?
A grade point average of at least C (2.0) on all baccalaureate units attempted at USC, as well as on the combined USC-transfer GPA, is required for undergraduate degrees. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all upper division courses applied toward the major is also required, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken. A minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average is required in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
At no time should the overall GPA drop below 3.0 for Graduate students. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in a course to receive graduate credit. Work graded C- or below is not acceptable for subject or unit credit toward any master’s or doctoral program. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on all units attempted at USC while a graduate student is required for graduation, whether or not all such units are applied toward the degree.
- What grade do I have to earn to pass my Design Studio course?
Less than average work in design is not considered sufficient for a professional degree. Students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or above each semester of design in order to continue in the design sequence and to graduate. Students will be required to repeat the course until such a grade is achieved in ARCH102abL, ARCH 202abL, ARCH 302abL, ARCH 402abL, ARCH 500aL, ARCH 501, ARCH 502aL, ARCH 505abL, ARCH 541abL, ARCH 542abL, ARCH 605abL, ARCH 642L, ARCH 702L, ARCH 705L.
- What is Freshman Forgiveness?
Only first-time Undergraduate freshmen are eligible for Freshman Forgiveness. These students may repeat a maximum of three courses taken during the first two semesters at USC in which grades of D+ or below were received, and only the subsequent letter grade, even if lower, will be calculated in the grade point average. Students who were admitted for spring and were first-time freshmen elsewhere in the previous fall may repeat a maximum of two courses taken during the first semester at USC in which grades of D+ or below were received with the same set of provisions stated above.
- What is pass/no pass (P/NP)? What can I take for pass/no pass and when is the deadline to decide?
Pass/no pass grades do not factor into your GPA. No more than 24 units of undergraduate course work may be taken on a P/NP basis and only a maximum of four of these 24 units may be applied to the general education requirements (with the exception of GE A, E or F). In the P/NP option, students must earn a C- or above to pass the course. Grades of D+ or below receive a no pass. A passing grade will be recorded as a P and a “no pass” will be recorded as an NP. Keep in mind that all major, minor or writing requirements must be taken for a letter grade, as well as all but one of the GE course requirements of your choosing. (Because ARCH 213AB, ARCH 214AB and PHYS 125 are major requirements that also fulfill GE, students MUST take these courses for a letter grade.)
Students may enroll for courses with the Pass/No Pass grade option on Web Registration. USC allows students to decide the grade option for any course up until the 20 percent mark of the session in which the course is offered. For the specific deadline to change the grade option of a course, click the Calendar icon next to the course on the Schedule of Classes.
As of fall 2015, students who register for a course on a Pass/No Pass basis may request to change the grade option to letter grade 45 percent into the session in which the course is offered. For the specific deadline to change the grade option of a course, click the Calendar icon next to the course on the Schedule of Classes.
If you have any questions, please refer to the P/NP section in the USC Catalogue.
Graduate students may not take a course pass/no pass.
- What is auditing a course?
Students who wish to audit a course at USC must register for the course on Web Registration and select the Audit grade option. A course taken for Audit (V) will be assessed at the current tuition rate. A course taken for Audit (V) will not receive credit and will not appear on the USC transcript or grade report. A course taken for audit is not included in enrollment for purposes of receiving financial aid.
USC allows students to select the Audit grade option for any course up until the 20 percent mark of the session in which the course is offered. For the specific deadline to select the Audit grade option of a course, click the Calendar icon next to the course in the Courses Offered section on the Schedule of Classes.
Under no circumstances will the university allow a petition to request to change the registration status of a course from a letter grade or credit to Audit (V) or vice versa after the grade option deadline.
- What is credit/no credit (CR/NC)?
Certain courses have been authorized by the University Curriculum Committee to be graded Credit/No Credit. Students may not enroll in a course on a C/NC basis unless the course is listed as being offered as C/NC. To receive credit (CR) for a Credit/No Credit undergraduate course, students must earn the equivalent of a C- or higher. Students will receive no credit (NC) if they receive the grade equivalent of a D+ or lower. If you have any questions, please refer to the “Definitions of Grades and Marks” section on USC’s Department of Grades Web site.
- What is a withdrawal (W) and when is the last day to drop a class with a mark of W?
After registering for a course, it is a student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from the course if he/she decides not to continue in it. Students should use Web Registration to drop or add courses.
Students can withdraw from a course without academic penalty during the first 12 weeks of the 15-week semester (or the 7th week equivalent for a session that is not 15 weeks long). Any course withdrawn between the 4th and the 7th week of classes will not result in a mark of “W” on the academic transcript, but will be charged at full cost. Students who withdraw from a course between the 8th and 12th weeks of the semester will have a mark of “W” on the transcript. No course may be withdrawn after the end of the 12th week (or the 12th week equivalent for a session that is not 15 weeks long). All such changes must be processed through Web Registration or the Registration Department. Failure to withdraw officially will result in the grade of “UW,” which is computed in the GPA as zero (0) grade points.
Financial aid recipients should consult with a financial aid counselor before withdrawing from courses in order to assess the potential effect on the student’s financial aid eligibility. Also, withdrawing and adding courses may cancel any financial aid deferment previously granted on a student’s account. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Financial Aid Office to have the account re-deferred.
- What is an incomplete (IN) and how long do I have to resolve an incomplete?
According to the USC Catalogue and USC Department of Grades, an incomplete (IN) is assigned when work is not completed because of documented illness or other emergency occurring after the 12th week of the semester. An emergency is a situation or event which could not be foreseen, which is beyond the student's control, and which prevents the student from taking the final examination or completing other work during the final examination period. A student may not request an IN before the end of the 12th week, as students still have the option to drop the course until the end of the 12th week. Incompletes exist so there is a remedy for illness or emergency which occurs after the drop deadline.
If an IN is assigned as the student’s grade, the instructor will fill out an Incomplete Completion Form (PDF) which will specify to the student and the department the work remaining to be done, the procedures for its completion, the grade in the course to date and the weight to be assigned to the work remaining to be done when computing the final grade. Both the instructor and student must sign the form with a copy of the form filed with your advisor in your home department.
A student may remove the IN by completing only the portion of required work not finished as a result of documented illness or emergency occurring after the 12th week of the semester. Previously graded work may not be repeated for credit. It is not possible to remove an IN by re-registering for the course, even within the designated time. According to the USC Catalogue and USC Department of Grades, marks of IN must be removed within one calendar year from the date the assignment of the IN. An earlier deadline may be assigned based on the instructor’s request. If not removed within the designated time, marks of IN automatically become marks of IX (expired incomplete) and are calculated in the grade point average as an F (0 points). Courses offered on a credit/no credit basis or taken on a pass/no pass basis for which a mark of IN is assigned will be lapsed with a mark of NC (no credit) or NP (no pass) and will not be calculated into the grade point average.
A student may petition the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP) for an extension of time to complete an incomplete. Extensions beyond the specified time limit are rarely approved, particularly if the student has enrolled in subsequent semesters, since the removal of the incomplete should be the student's first priority.
- What is a missing grade (MG)?
The mark of MG (missing grade) results from the failure of the instructor to assign a grade for you, or a failure to submit grades for the class. Grades submitted late require manual entry in the system by the Grades Department, which can result in lengthy delays in posting student grades. If you see a grade of MG in OASIS, contact the instructor to find out when he/she will provide a final grade. Marks of MG still unresolved after one year default to a mark of UW (Unofficial Withdrawal) and it will be calculated into the grade point average as 0 grade points.
- When will my grades post to my record?
The university releases grades on OASIS five days after the last day of finals, as shown on the Academic Calendar page. Graduate students in programs that do not follow the university’s calendar on the Academic Calendar page should check with their programs to find the grades release date.
- How can I dispute a grade?
General university policy regarding disputed academic evaluations entitles a student to two levels of formal appeal after review by the instructor. In the interest of preserving the very important student-instructor relationship, the student and instructor should try to resolve the grade dispute by direct communication. If the issue cannot be resolved by this dialogue, the grade dispute should move beyond the instructor to the next level of review. All grade appeals must be brought no later than the end of the semester following the semester for which the student received the disputed grade. The two levels of appeal beyond the instructor are the department chair and the school dean. Please review the School of Architecture's procedure for Disputed Academic Evaluation.
- How can I get an official copy of my transcript?
Official transcripts are only issued by the USC Department of Transcripts and may be requested electronically or in person.
- Where can I get the form filled out for car insurance verification?
Please refer to the USC Department of Verifications. The verification letter will provide the dates of attendance at the University and any related statuses such as class level, full-time/part time enrollment, and degrees awarded. Individual courses and grade information is not provided.
- When will my degree be posted and when will I receive my diploma?
Degrees are posted by the 15th of the month after classes end each semester. If you finish all of your course work for your degree in May, your degree will be posted by June 15. If you finish your course work in August, your degree will be posted by September 15, and if you finish your course work in December, your degree will be posted by January 15.
Diplomas are generally printed and mailed six to eight weeks after the conclusion of your final semester. If you need official verification of your degree before you receive your diploma, please contact the Verification or Transcript department. If you requested that we "Hold for Pick-Up," or if your diploma mailing address is in the 90007 or 90089 zip codes, the Registrar One Stop Center will email you a notice when your diploma is ready for pick-up.
- How do I participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
Before the 3rd week drop/add deadline, you must be offered a job position/internship. In order to receive CPT authorization, you must register for ARCH-524 Professional Practicum (1 unit, max 2). Fill out the CPT Application Form and bring it along with the job offer letter to the Architecture Student Services Office in order to obtain your Advisor’s approval and D-Clearance. Return the Application Form to the Office of International Services (OIS).
- I am a current USC student. Can I change my major to Architecture?
Yes, it may be possible to change your major to Architecture, however, keep in mind that the Bachelor of Architecture consists of 5 years/10 semesters of major requirements. As a change of major, the time to degree completion will be 5 years (starting in fall semesters only) plus the time spent in the previous major. An internal transfer application will be required (short answer responses, portfolio, USC Completed Course Summary). For more information, please contact Undergraduate Admissions for the School of Architecture.