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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation (BS)


This unique Bachelor of Science degree offers a highly select group of students an integrated, four-year course of study that provides in-depth learning in three essential areas: art and design; engineering and computer science; and business and venture management. Through the Academy's Core, students learn applied skills and gain understanding of the theories, concepts, and "language" common to each area. Academy Emphases serve to customize each student's experience to his or her individual strengths or desired focus. The fourth-year "Garage Experience" moves student teams from concept to creation, vision to prototype. Throughout the program students are taught to think seamlessly across multiple disciplines, and to apply a vast array of relevant technologies and techniques toward innovative problem solving.

The degree requires a total of 128 units, including 56 units in the Core and 32 units in Emphases. Students must select emphasis courses from the Academy's current offerings in Visual Design, Technology, Venture Management, Audio Design and Communication, or from future emphases as they become available. In consultation with their academic adviser, students may petition to create unique emphases by selecting courses from across all of the Academy's offerings, or from academic units or disciplines outside of the Academy (subject to approval by the dean). In addition to required courses, students may elect to register for other Academy experiences such as summer study abroad and internships, or for electives of their choosing.

Required Core Courses


Emphases (16 Units Each) Choose two:


Notes:


*Prerequisite required.
**Corequisite required.

General Education Requirements


The university's general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program is effective for all students entering USC in fall 2015 or later, or transfer students beginning college elsewhere at that time and subsequently transferring to USC. It requires eight courses in six Core Literacies, plus two courses in Global Perspectives (which may double-count with courses in the Core Literacies) and two courses in writing. For more information about USC's general education requirements, see the General Education Program  for more information.

Sample Four Year Program


Total units: 18


Total units: 18


Year 2 - Fall


  • ACAD 276 Coding II Units: 4
  • ACAD Emphasis I  Units: 4
  • General Education Units: 4*
  • General Education Units: 4*

Total units: 16


Year 2 - Spring


  • ACAD Emphasis I Units: 4
  • ACAD Emphasis II Units: 4
  • ACAD Emphasis II Units: 4
  • General Education Units: 4*

Total units: 16


Year 3 - Fall


Total units: 16


Year 3 - Spring


Total units: 16


Year 4 - Fall


Total units: 14


Year 4 - Spring


Total units: 14


Note:


*Two of the courses selected must also meet the USC Global Perspectives requirement.