Oct 25, 2020  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
USC Catalogue 2020-2021

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 four core areas, deemed new literacies for the 21st century: art and design; engineering and computer science; business and venture management; and communication. Through the Academy's Core, students learn applied skills and gain understanding of the theories, concepts, and "language" common to each area, and the innovative potential where they intersect. Academy electives serve to customize each student's experience to their 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 76 units in the Core and 12 units in major electives. Students must select elective courses from the Academy's approved list of offerings in Design, Technology, Venture Management, Communication and Health Innovation, or from future electives as they become available. In consultation with their academic adviser, students may petition to create unique degree paths by selecting additional courses from academic units or disciplines outside of the Academy. In addition to required courses, students may elect to register for other Academy experiences such as domestic and international study tours, study abroad, industry and impact labs, and internships.

Required Core Courses


Major Electives


Complete 12 units from the following list:

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


Total units: 16


Total units: 16


Total units: 16


Year 3 - Spring


Total units: 16


Year 4 - Fall


Total units: 16


Year 4 - Spring


Total units: 12