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The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program begins intensively with architectural studies in the first two years and provides a mix of architectural and general university studies throughout the program. The curriculum includes a core program in the first two years identical to the Bachelor of Architecture professional degree program. The last two years provide the opportunity to explore many aspects of architecture and related fields and to develop individual strengths and interests.

Students take an introductory course in specialization in the second year, which provides an introduction to related fields and alternative degree options. Students can elect to move into the four-year non-professional B.S. in Architectural Studies program with a degree plan identifying electives fulfilling an area of concentration. The program is concluded with a seminar with all degree candidates, allowing for collaborative work on areas of common interest.


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“Our program stresses the importance of being a citizen architect. It is important for students to find purpose in design in order to make this world a better place for all. In doing so, work will not be laborious but rather something much more fulfilling.”

—  DORIS SUNG, DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMS

CURRICULUM

Following is the program curriculum for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.

128-UNIT SAMPLE CURRICULUM

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REQUIREMENTS
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    GENERAL EDUCATION

    All students who begin college in fall 2015 or later at USC (or who begin elsewhere in fall 2015 and then transfer to USC) must satisfy the 2015 General Education Program, which includes six Core Literacy and two Global Perspectives requirements. Together these provide training in the liberal arts — the critical skills necessary for a free person to function effectively, thoughtfully and productively in a complex world. This General Education program has been designed to nurture habits of thought essential for professional success and personal development, and to establish a background for lifelong learning.

     

    To fulfill a minimum 128 units for the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, courses in the Global Perspectives categories should be used to satisfy requirements in the Core Literacies as well. A single course can satisfy one Global Perspective and one Core Literacy requirement.

     

    Students must complete eight courses in the six Core Literacy categories:


    CORE LITERACIES

    GE-A: The Arts (one course)

    GE-B: Humanistic Inquiry (two courses)

    GE-C: Social Analysis (two courses)

    GE-D: Life Sciences (one course)

    GE-E: Physical Sciences (one course)

    GE-F: Quantitative Reasoning (one course)

     

    Students must complete one course for each of the two Global Perspectives requirements:


    GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

    GE-G: Citizenship in a Global Era (one course)

    GE-H: Traditions and Historical Foundations (one course)


    However, because a single course can satisfy both a Core Literacy and a Global Perspective requirement, students can satisfy all 10 requirements with eight appropriately chosen courses.


    GENERAL EDUCATION SEMINARS

    All entering freshmen must complete one General Education Seminar during their first year at USC. Each GE Seminar satisfies one of the Core Literacy requirements above. Students may count only one GE Seminar for degree credit.

     

    WRITING COURSES

    Eight units of writing requirements: WRIT 150 & WRIT 340

     

    PHYSICS AND MATH

    Eight units, including PHYS 125L (or equivalent) (4) and MATH 108 (or equivalent) (4).

     
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    CORE REQUIREMENTS

    Students must complete the following Core courses as a prelude to the upper division, Professional Elective degree requirements: ARCH 102abL, ARCH 105L, ARCH 114, ARCH 202abL, ARCH 211, ARCH 213ab, and ARCH 214ab, ARCH 370, MATH 108 (or equivalent), PHYS 125L (or equivalent), and WRIT 150.


    COURSES: Architectural Design I A, Architectural Design I B, Fundamentals of Design Communication, Architecture: Culture and Community, Architectural Design II A, Architectural Design II B, Materials and Methods of Building Construction, Building Structures and Seismic Design A, Building Structures and Seismic Design B, World History of Architecture A, World History of Architecture B, Architectural Studies- Expanding the Field, Contemporary Precalculus, Physics for Architects

     
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    DESIGN STUDIO SCHOLARSHIP STANDARDS

    Less than average work in design studio prohibits students from continuation in the design studio sequence. Students must receive a grade of “C” (2.0) or above in each semester of design studio in order to continue in the design sequence. Students in the first two years of the program are required to repeat the course until such a grade is achieved. 

     
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    REQUIREMENTS FOR BS IN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES DEGREE

    A total of 25 units of professional electives, including ARCH 470ab Architectural Studies Capstone Seminars, are required in an area of specialization, which must be selected from the accepted professional elective offerings in the School of Architecture or with consultation and approval of the program adviser. This is in addition to the core, elective and general education requirements of the Bachelor of Architecture degree, which are identical for the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.

     

    In the third and fourth year of the program, the requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture design studios, ARCH 302a, ARCH 302b and ARCH 402a, ARCH 402b — 24 units — are changed to the professional electives requirement.