48 Academic Regulations
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
section on of this catalog. All official transcripts must be sent directly to USC
Upstate from each institution the student has attended, including summers,
transient or concurrent enrollment, whether or not the credit is earned or
applies to the degree sought. All work will be used in the calculation of the
Degree-seeking students at USC Upstate are expected to follow the progression
of courses described in their program of study, which builds academic
skills through course sequencing. Students enrolled as degree-seeking
candidates will receive a degree from USC Upstate and thus are expected to
complete course work at USC Upstate. Continuing students are permitted to
take courses at other institutions; however, not all courses offered at other
colleges and universities are transferable and some may not count toward a
student's degree program. Students seeking transfer credit must complete
the following prior to enrollment:
• Obtain a Transient/Concurrent Enrollment form from a division office,
dean's office or the Records Office website;
• Obtain approval signatures from the student's advisor and dean on the
Transient Credit Form; and
• Submit the completed Transient Credit Form to the Records Office.
To obtain transient credit for a course completed at another
institution, students must:
• Earn a minimum course grade of C for courses completed at all non-
USC system schools; and
• Request an official transcript from the transient institution be sent to
the USC Upstate Records Office.
• As noted in the residency policy, the last 25 percent of the semester
hours of the degree program must be completed in residence at USC
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION, MILITARY CREDIT, AND CREDIT FOR
Students with a strong background in a variety of basic subjects may be able
to exempt courses and receive credit hours for courses based on their scores on
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination
Program (CLEP), American College Testing Proficiency Examination
Program (ACT PEP), Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support
(DANTES), or by successfully passing a course challenge examination prepared
at USC Upstate. Students may also seek credit for military schooling or training
offered by certain non-collegiate organizations. Normally, a maximum of 30
semester hours earned in any combination of correspondence courses, AP,
IB, CLEP, ACT PEP, DANTES, USC Upstate institutional credit by examination,
military and other service schools, educational programs of non-collegiate
organizations, off-campus extension classes, or while classified as a special
student are accepted as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the baccalaureate.
Exceptions to this 30-hour rule may be made at the discretion of
the dean of the appropriate college or school. Students planning to pursue
work at other institutions or planning to take correspondence courses or
off-campus extension classes must complete this work before attaining
senior classification (see academic residency requirements.)
AP, IB, CLEP, ACT PEP, DANTES, and USC Upstate institutional credit by examination
do not enter into calculation of students’ GPA. USC Upstate accepts
many, but not all, AP, IB, CLEP and ACT PEP, and DANTES subjects. Transfer
students with AP, IB, CLEP , ACT PEP, or DANTES credits in subjects not listed
below must submit those credits to the dean of the appropriate school for
review. Students are not allowed to earn CLEP, ACT PEP, DANTES and/or USC
Upstate institutional credit by examination for courses in which they have
been previously enrolled either regularly or as an auditor.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
All Advanced Placement courses and tests are administered by high schools
and should be completed successfully before entering USC Upstate. An entering
student who has passed 30 hours of AP credit may be granted sophomore
standing upon enrollment. In order to receive credit for courses, students
must have an original AP score report sent directly to the USC Upstate Records
Office. The Advanced Placement courses accepted by USC Upstate are:
Government & Politics: United States
Three credits for POLI U101 with a minimum score of 3.
Three credits for ARTH U101 with a minimum score of 3.
Studio Art: Drawing
Three credits for ARTS U110 with a minimum score of 3.
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Three credits for ARTS U103 with a minimum score of 3.
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Three credits for ARTS U104 with a minimum score of 3.
Eight credits for BIOL U101 and U102, including laboratory credit, with a
minimum score of 3.
Calculus AB and Calculus AB Subscore
Four credits for MATH U141 with a score of at least 3.
Eight credits for MATH U141 and U142 with a score of at least 3.
Four credits for CHEM U111 with a score of 3; eight credits for CHEM U111
and U112 with a score of 4 or 5.
Chinese Lang. & Culture or Japanese Lang. & Culture
Four hours of university credit with a score of 3. Eight hours of university
credit with a score of 4 or 5.
Government & Politics: Comparative
Three credits for POLI U320 with a minimum score of 3.
Computer Science A
Three credits in CSCI U200 with a minimum score of 3.
Computer Science Principles
Equivalent to CSCI U138 or U150 with a score of 3 or higher.
English Language and Composition and English Literature and
See chart at end of listing.