50 Academic Regulations
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
College Algebra / Three credits for MATH U126 with a minimum score of 45.
Financial Accounting / Three credits for ACCT U225 with a minimum
score of 47; 6 credits for ACCT U225 and U226 with a minimum score of 55.
Freshman College Composition / Three credits for ENGL U101 with a
satisfactory essay and a minimum score of 48 on the objective section.
Credit is awarded after completion of ENGL U102 with a grade of C of better.
Principles of Management / Three credits for MGMT U371 with a minimum
score of 47.
Principles of Marketing / Three credits for MKTG U350 with a minimum
score of 50.
Introductory Sociology / Three credits for SOCY U101 with a minimum
score of 50.
Principles of Macroeconomics / Three credits for ECON U221 with successful
completion of the essay section and a minimum score of 48 on the
Principles of Microeconomics / Three credits for ECON U222 with successful
completion of the essay section and a minimum score of 47 on the
Introductory Psychology / Three credits for PSYC U101 with a minimum
score of 50.
EXCELSIOR COLLEGE EXAMINATIONS AND
UEXCEL CREDIT-BY-EXAM PROGRAMS
Credit for subjects in which students are knowledgeable, but have no college
credit, can be gained through successful completion of the Excelsior College's
exclusive series of examinations. USC Upstate students may earn up to 30
semester hours via ECE and UExcel exams. Students wishing to take these
tests should contact their chair or dean to determine if the test is acceptable.
DEFENSE ACTIVITY FOR NONTRADITIONAL
EDUCATION SUPPORT (DANTES)
Credit for subjects in which students are knowledgeable, but have no class
standing, can be gained through successful completion of the DANTES tests.
The DANTES Program is a testing service conducted by Thompson Prometric
for DANTES, an agency of the Department of Defense.
Credit earned in DANTES may be applied to any program where the course
normally would be accepted as earned credit. DANTES credit is not granted
for courses that have been failed previously, nor does DANTES credit raise
a grade earned previously in any course. Repeat examinations are not allowed.
Students wishing to take DANTES tests should contact counseling
services for the necessary applications and notify their faculty advisor of
their intention to take the test. The DANTES examination accepted by USC
Upstate is: Lifespan Developmental Psychology: Three credits for PSYC U302
with a minimum scaled score of 46.
INSTITUTIONAL CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
Students enrolled in the University may obtain credit by examination for
courses in which they have had no class attendance or semester standing.
However, permission must be obtained from the dean of the college or
school involved. A grade of not less than B on the examination is necessary
to receive credit for the course. Examinations are not permitted in courses
in which students previously have enrolled either regularly or as an auditor.
Before the examination, applicants must obtain departmental approval, pay
a fee of $25 per semester hour to Admissions and then take the exam. This
fee is non-refundable. The dean/chair immediately reports the results of the
examination to the Records Office. Credits earned under this regulation are
recorded only as hours earned.
MILITARY SERVICE SCHOOL CREDIT
Following enrollment, a student may obtain credit for experiences
armed services. In order to receive credit the student must have an American
Counsel in Education Registry Transcript. Students who feel they qualify
should contact the Records Office, Veteran's Affairs coordinator.
Following a review by the Records Office using A Guide to the Evaluation of
Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, a recommendation for credit is
made to the dean of the student’s major area. The final decision as to the credit
awarded is made by the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled.
CREDIT FOR NON-COLLEGIATE PROGRAMS
USC Upstate will consider credit awarded for non-collegiate educational
programs as recommended by the American Council on Education. Documentation
is required. Final determination is made by the dean of the college
or school in which the student is enrolled.
The grading system outlined below is in effect for all students at the University.
Under this system, undergraduate course credit is granted only for earned
grades of A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D or S. Any of the following symbols (except
NR) become a permanent part of students’ academic records when assigned.
A, B, C, D and F carry the traditional academic connotations of excellent,
good, average, poor and failing performance, respectively.
S and U indicate, respectively, satisfactory (passing) and unsatisfactory
(failing) performance in courses carried on a pass-fail basis, as indicated in
the course description, or in courses for which the pass-fail option is elected
under the conditions detailed in the section entitled Pass-Fail Option. The
grades of S and U do not enter into the calculation of the GPA nor are they
used in evaluation for probation or suspension.
FN (Failure-Non Attendance) and UN (Unsatisfactory-Non Attendance) grades
are assigned to students who never attended or have stopped attending class
but have not officially dropped or withdrawn. Faculty are required to provide
a last date of attendance when assigning this grade. The grade and the last
date of attendance are used in determining the recalculation of awarded
funds for financial aid recipients. Reporting the last date of attendance is
critical to avoid potential financial liability for the institution.
FN and UN grades are displayed and calculated as F and U grades on the
W is assigned for withdrawals after late registration through the last day