60 Academic Programs
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
Economics U221: Principles of Macroeconomics
or Economics U222: Principles of Microeconomics
Speech U201 and U201R
Electives (3 semester hours)
As soon as possible, students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy
should contact the chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
for assignment to a pre-pharmacy advisor.
USC Upstate awards the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary
Studies (IDS) to a student who has satisfactorily completed at
least 90 semester hours of undergraduate work and one year (30 semester
hours) of work in an approved accredited professional school, provided the
• made application to the interdisciplinary studies program at
• satisfied all general education and B.A. or B.S. option requirements
for the interdisciplinary studies degree, with all minimum
grade requirements met;
• completed a minimum of 42 semester hours of junior- and
• completed at least 30 semester hours of courses in the IDS
• submitted a transient permission form, approved by the IDS
director, prior to leaving USC Upstate to enter the professional,
postgraduate school; and
• submitted official documents from the approved professional
school demonstrating satisfactory completion of the first year
of full-time study leading to a post-baccalaureate degree.
A degree other than interdisciplinary studies may be awarded if the combination
of course work taken at USC Upstate and the professional school is
equivalent to the work required for another bachelor’s degree program at
USC Upstate. In such a case, the school in which the degree is offered may
recommend awarding that bachelor’s degree.
ARMY RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)
Participation in ROTC is voluntary. Semester hours earned with the department
can be applied toward an academic degree program. Uniforms,
textbooks and equipment required for the ROTC program are provided at
no expense to the student. For ROTC scholarship students, the Army pays
tuition and other expenses (see description under "Scholarships"). The ROTC
program is normally four years of instruction; however, a two-year program
is also offered. The four-year program of instruction is divided into the Basic
Program and the Advanced Course.
The Basic Program. Acceptance may be considered when one of the
following programs have been completed: six semester hours in the Basic
Program, two years of active military duty with an honorable discharge, or
three years of JROTC. Students must show leadership potential and meet
the necessary physical and academic standards. Students participating in
the Basic Program have no military service obligation.
The Advanced Program. Satisfactory completion of six semester hours in
the Basic Program, substitute military experience (two years of active duty
with an honorable discharge), or three years of JROTC qualifies students for
entrance into the Advanced Program, if they have also shown leadership
potential and have met the necessary physical and academic standards. The
student must be an academic junior or senior with acceptance to graduate
school to qualify for the advanced program.
Normally taken during the student’s junior and senior years, the Advanced
Program offers a maximum of 12 semester hours. It provides instruction in
techniques of effective leadership, tactics, military law, logistics, administration,
responsibility of the officer, and the exercise of command. It is designed
to further the development of the student’s leadership qualities. Advanced
Program students receive a tax-free subsistence allowance of $150 per month
for 10 academic months per year, and are paid approximately $800 for the
five-week summer camp they are required to attend after completion of
their junior year. The total subsistence and pay amounts to more than $3,000
while enrolled in the Advanced Program. Cadets graduating from the ROTC
program receive a second lieutenant’s commission upon completing their
undergraduate degree requirements.
The Advanced Program cadet may elect to enter active duty for three years
or participate in the Reserve Force Duty Program (R.F.D.) as means for fulfilling
the incurred obligation for military service. Under the R.F.D. program,
students are commissioned in either the National Guard or the U.S. Army
Reserves for a total of eight years, during which time they attend monthly
paid drill periods. This enables individuals to pursue civilian careers and serve
their nation at the same time. The R.F.D. program can be guaranteed if the
student desires. Moreover, students’ preferences concerning the occupational
specialty in which they wish to serve are taken into consideration prior to
assignment. The options offered are numerous and attractive.
ROTC Activities. In addition to normal classroom instruction, the Military
Science Department sponsors numerous extracurricular activities. These
activities are designed to complement and reinforce classroom skills and
techniques. Participation is voluntary and no academic credit is awarded.
The activities presently offered are the rifle team, and the Rangers. A chapter
of the National Military Honor Society of Scabbard and Blade is available for
student participation. Adventure activities such as rappelling, orienteering,
mountaineering and white water rafting are open for participation.