The Iovine and Young Academy Bachelor of Science degree builds on the Iovine and Young Academy’s signature integrated learning framework that is focused on the intersection of human-centered design, technology, entrepreneurship and culture. Through the Academy's core, students develop a powerful mindset to analyze challenges, think across knowledge domains and synthesize diverse ideas to create new technologies, ventures and humane solutions for purpose-driven change. Academy electives serve to customize each student's experience to their individual strengths or desired focus. Design Strategy and Industry Practicum courses place students inside premier professionalizing experiences with leading industry collaborators, providing unparalleled preparation for careers or graduate study. The fourth-year “Garage Experience” provides an advanced workshop environment for student teams to develop original ideas for new products, systems and services, taking them from concept and prototyping to development and launch. Throughout the program students are taught to think seamlessly across domains, and to apply a vast array of relevant technologies, business tools and design techniques toward innovative problem solving.
The degree requires a total of at least 128 units, including 52 units in the core and 36 units in major electives. Students must select elective courses from the Academy's current offerings in areas such as extended reality, product innovation, physical computing, data for collaborative innovation, purpose driven entrepreneurship and health innovation, or from specialized electives as they become available. In consultation with their academic adviser, students may also petition to create unique degree paths by selecting courses from academic units or disciplines outside of the Academy.
Lower Division (24 units)
Intersectional Courses (8 units):
Complete 8 units from the following.
Upper Division (20 units)
Complete 36 units from the following. No more than 12 units outside of the school.
ACAD 207, ACAD 217, ACAD 220, ACAD 222, ACAD 230, ACAD 240, ACAD 245, ACAD 280, ACAD 281, ACAD 302 and ACAD 415 may not double-count as an intersectional course and an elective course.
Business and Entrepreneurship
- ACAD 302 The Hacker Imagination: from Ancient Greece to Cupertino Units: 4
- ACAD 350 International Experience Units: 2
- ACAD 377 Industry Practicum II: Designing and Implementing Real-World Solutions Units: 4
- ACAD 450 Industry and Impact Projects Units: 2
- ACAD 480 Design Research Units: 4
- ACAD 490 Directed Research Units: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- ACAD 499 Special Topics Units: 2, 3, 4
By advisement, select IDSN and PRIN graduate courses offered by the Academy.
- IDSN 515 Professional Practices Residential Units: 2
By advisement, other ACAD offerings as they may arise
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 .