Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (4 year)

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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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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 Perspectiverequirement, 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).


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.


ARCH 102abL Architectural Design I A/B
ARCH 105L Fundamentals of Design Communication
ARCH 114 Architecture: Culture and Community
ARCH 202abL Architectural Design II A/B
ARCH 211 Materials and Methods of Building Construction
ARCH 213abg Building Structures and Seismic Design A/B
ARCH 214abg World History of Architecture A/B
ARCH 370 Architectural Studies-Expanding the Field
MATH 108 (or equivalent) Contemporary Precalculus
PHYS 125Lg (or equivalent) Physics for Architects


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.  


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.


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Following is the program curriculum for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.


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.


128-Unit Sample Curriculum

Year One, Semester One Units
102aL Architectural Design I 4
105 Fundamentals of Design Communication 2
114 Architecture: Culture and Community 2
GE General Education Seminar 4
MATH 108 or GE Contemporary Precalculus or General Education 4
    Total Units: 16


Year One, Semester Two Units
102bL Architectural Design I 4
214ag* World History of Architecture 3
PHYS 125Lg** Physics for Architects 4
WRIT 150 Writing and Critical Reasoning-Thematic Approaches 4
    Total Units: 15


Year Two, Semester One Units
202aL Architectural Design II 6
213ag*** Building Structures and Seismic Design 3
214bg* World History of Architecture 3
GE General Education 4
    Total Units: 16


Year Two, Semester Two Units
202bL Architectural Design II 6
211 Materials and Methods of Building Construction 3
213bg*** Building Structures and Seismic Design 3
GE General Education 4
    Total Units: 16


Year Three, Semester One Units
215 Design for the Thermal and Atmospheric Environment 3
313 Design of Building Structures 3
314 History of Architecture: Contemporary Issues 3
370 Architectural Studies- Expanding the Field 2
WRIT 340 Advanced Writing 4
    Total Units: 15


Year Three, Semester Two Units
315 Design for the Luminous and Sonic Environment 3
411 Architectural Technology 3

Professional Practice: Pre-Design, Project and Office Administration

GE General Education 4

Professional Architecture Elective

    Total Units: 16


Year Four, Semester One Units
470a Architectural Studies Capstone 1
GE General Education 4
  Professional Architecture Electives 13
    Total Units: 18


Year Four, Semester Two Units
470b Architectural Studies Capstone 3
  Electives 8
  Professional Architecture Electives 5
    Total Units: 16

*ARCH 214a, ARCH 214b fulfill the General Education requirement in Category A: The Arts.
**PHYS 125L fulfills the General Education requirement in Category E: Physical Sciences. The PHYS 125L requirement may also be fulfilled by PHYS 135abL; 4 units will be applied toward the B.Arch. and 4 will count as electives.

***ARCH 213a, ARCH 213b fulfills the General Education requirement in Category F: Quantitative Reasoning.


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