Building science at USC recognizes that exemplary architecture requires a creative response to natural forces, based on informed good judgment in the areas of architectural technology. The Certificate in Building Science is intended as a supplement for students enrolled in graduate course work in architecture, landscape architecture, his­toric preservation, urban planning or related discipline.

Completion of the certificate requires a mini­mum of 14 units. Students must take three core courses. Electives in building science may be taken to complete the program requirements.

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Following is the program curriculum for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.

Note: Required courses for this certificate cannot also be required courses in the student's major in the School of Architecture.

The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.