Mar 28, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Real Estate Development (BS)

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Price School students are trained to look at the interaction between people and place and the consequences for our communities. The Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development explores the broader context of real estate allowing students to launch their careers by grasping the full structure of the industry and its role in society. The pre-major courses integrate the many disciplines that are the foundation for real estate education, including accounting, economics and business finance. The real estate core classes taken through the Price School focus on real estate principles, financial analysis, market analysis, land use policy, urban design and the history of cities. Students also select electives to complement their interests from either the Price School or closely related disciplines. Throughout, the students’ education will be connected to professional practice, as exemplified by the mandatory internship. Finally, the major is structured to provide students with sufficient elective credits to explore minors or other programs at USC so they can broaden their education to better prepare themselves for the next stage of their lives.


Freshman and transfer students may indicate their desire to declare a Price School major on their university application. Students enrolled at USC wishing to declare either Price major or to be admitted into the minors must be in good academic standing.

Students who have taken Foundation Prerequisites or Real Estate Core classes out of sequence (including enrollment in PPD/RED 435  or PPD/RED 437  prior to RED 375 ) before declaring the major are not eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development program.

Students who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development as a second bachelor’s must satisfy all university requirements for a second bachelor’s and complete 32 units unique to the Real Estate Development major. 


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 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. See the General Education  program and the Requirements for Graduation  pages for more information.



*May double count as general education.

Additional Requirements

Real Estate Electives (11-12 units)

Students select 11-12 units of course work from the Price School or in related fields. Elective classes must be approved by the Price School academic adviser.

Capstone (4 units)

Students will complete four units of a capstone experience during their senior year. This may be fulfilled by taking PPD 431 Undergraduate Policy, Planning, and Development Studio  (4) or PPD 497a Senior Thesis  PPD 497b Senior Thesis  (2-2). Students wishing to enroll in PPD 497a , PPD 497b  must have a 3.7 GPA in Price School courses and an overall 3.5 GPA.


Students are required to complete 140 hours of internship by enrolling in PPD 301 PPD Practices: Internship Seminar . Internships are matched as closely as possible to the student’s interests and skills. PPD 301  and the internship provide opportunities to develop and formulate future career goals, as well as to gain personal and professional experience while completing the undergraduate degree.


Price School honors are available at graduation to qualified students and result in a special designation of departmental honors on a student’s transcript. Achievement of Price School honors requires a 3.7 GPA in Price School major courses, a 3.5 overall GPA, as well as nomination by the professor of the capstone experience. In addition, students must earn an A in their capstone course (PPD 431  or PPD 497a , PPD 497b ).

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