• The Palmetto College is also open to transfer students who have the
appropriate degrees, hours earned, and records of academic success.
• Palmetto College provides the administrative umbrella for the regional
campuses and supports all students seeking four-year degrees through
one of the aforementioned paths.
• Palmetto College is not a new independently accredited academic
unit. Academic accreditations will remain as they currently are (senior
campuses independently accredited and regional campuses accredited
under USC-Columbia) with the Palmetto College degrees remaining
the academic responsibility of the campuses within the system that
offer the specific degree.
• USC Upstate offers the following degrees through the Palmetto col-lege
-The Bachelor of Arts in Information Management & Systems
-The Bachelor of Arts in Health Informatics
-The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
-The Bachelor in Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses
The Palmetto College tuition rate is determined by USC’s Board of Trustees
For further information about Palmetto College, visit http://palmettocol-lege.
Engineering areas of study include Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer,
Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical engineering. The pre-engineering
program at USC Upstate is designed to provide up to one year of general
coursework transferable to the USC College of Engineering. Students must
transfer to the USC College of Engineering, or other engineering program, by
their sophomore year to earn a degree in a specific engineering area of study.
Admission to engineering degree-completion programs is competitive and
completion of Calculus I with a grade of C+ or higher is required for transfer
to the USC College of Engineering. For more information, please contact the
chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering.
USC Upstate offers opportunities to students interested in pursuing health-related
careers. Advisement tracks are available for pre-chiropractic, pre-medical,
pre-dental, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-physical
therapy, pre-speech pathology, and pre-veterinary medicine. A four-year
baccalaureate degree in the sciences at USC Upstate is typically required
before entering most postgraduate professional programs. A student must
seek admission to a school that offers the desired professional degree. Entry
into these professional programs is on a competitive basis and requirements
for each professional program vary.
Specific information on health-related programs may be obtained from the
Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering.
USC Upstate provides advisement and information about various law school
programs through the chair of History, Political Science, Philosophy and
American Studies. Because most law schools do not prescribe a specific
curriculum, USC Upstate does not offer a pre-law major. While students
interested in law often major in political science, a variety of other disciplines
such as history, English, economics, business and math provide excellent
backgrounds. Law schools want students who have mastered written and
spoken English and who have the ability to analyze and think critically. They
prefer a variety of learning experiences since the practice of law encompasses
knowledge in many fields. In addition to certain requirements in the general
education program, such as speech, math, computer science, lab science,
American government, the following courses represent the broad base of
knowledge preferred by most law schools:
• Freshman and Sophomore Years
Accounting (ACCT U225)
• Junior and Senior Years
Logic 205 and 207
International Law (POLI U460)
Legal Environment of Business (ACCT U347)
Judicial Process (POLI U452)
Constitutional Law (POLI U450)
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (POLI U451)
Students should understand that taking specific courses is not nearly as
important in gaining entrance to law school as maintaining a solid grade point
average (GPA) and attaining a respectable score on the Law School Aptitude
Test (LSAT). Students in any major or program interested in attending law
school should contact the chair of History, Political Science, Philosophy and
American Studies for assignment of a pre-law advisor.
USC Upstate provides advisement services to pre-pharmacy students
through faculty members in chemistry. Each fall, representatives of the
South Carolina College of Pharmacy are invited to campus to meet with
interested USC Upstate pre-pharmacy students. USC Upstate provides
the course work required for admission into the South Carolina College of
Pharmacy but does not award a degree in pharmacy. The South Carolina
College of Pharmacy considers applications from students who complete a
minimum of 67 semester hours of pre-pharmacy course work at USC Upstate.
Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to consider completion of a Bachelor
of Science in Chemistry or Biology to improve their chances of admission into
a pharmacy school. The following recommended sequence of courses has
been developed through consultation between the South Carolina College
of Pharmacy and USC Upstate.
Recommended Courses for the South Carolina
College of Pharmacy
• First Pre-pharmacy Year
Biology U101: Biological Science I
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