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College of Nursing Majors

Carolina Core is the University of South Carolina's general education requirements for every degree program. The table below lists the Carolina Core requirements that must be fulfilled for this major. Each requirement is followed by the USC courses that fulfill the requirement, as well as the technical college courses that you may have taken that are considered equivalent to the USC course, and therefore also fulfill the Carolina Core requirement.

This list does not include every technical college course that is available for transfer to USC. You are not required to take all courses listed prior to transferring. Rather, it is a guide for you and your advisors.* 

You must have a GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission and earned a C or higher in each required science course attempted to be considered for admission. Only one course in a required science course (or previously attempted nursing course) for which an unsatisfactory grade is earned may be repeated once to earn a grade of C or better to remain eligible for admission consideration and continuance in the nursing major.

The College of Nursing has continued to see an increase in applications for the lower division. Due to this unprecedented demand and space limitations, the University will not be able to admit all students who meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement for their intended term.

Carolina Core Requirement USC Course(s) Technical College Course Equivalent(s)
Writing (CMW) (6 hours)
Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communications
ENGL 101 and 102

*If ENGL 102 is taken as a non-USC course beginning Fall 2012, the addition of an INF course will be required.
ENG 101 and 102
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) (6-7 hours)  Nursing students take two out of three:
  • STAT 110
  • STAT 201
  • MATH 122 or MATH 141
Nursing students take two out of three:
  • No equivalent at technical college
  • MAT 120
  • MAT 130 or MAT 140
Scientific Literacy (SCI) (16 hours)    CHEM 102 CHM 105
BIOL 243/243L BIO 210
BIOL 244/244L BIO 211
BIOL 250/250L BIO 225
Historical Thinking (GHS) (6 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
HIST 101–109, 111, 112 Any 100 or 200 level HIS course
Social Sciences (GSS) (6 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding

*3 hours to be used to fulfill VSR competency 
Choose one of the following options:
  • PSYC 101 and PSYC 420
  • SOC 101 and SOC 220
Choose one of the following options:
  • PSY 201 and PSY 203
  • SOCY 101 and SOCY 305
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
*Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign Language Placement Test or by completing one foreign language through 110 or 121. Two courses in the same Foreign Language selected from:
  • FRE 101, 102 (equivalent to FREN 109, 110)
  • GER 101, 102 (equivalent to GERM 109, 110)
  • SPA 101, 102 (equivalent to SPAN 109, 110)
Fine Arts (AIU) (3 hours)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
Required fine arts course One course from:
  • ART 101, 105, 107, 108
  • MUS 105
  • THE 101, 105
  • SPC 205
Spoken Component (CMS) (3 hours)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205
Information Literacy (INF) (0-3 hours OVERLAY) USC English 102 or any course approved to the meet the Carolina Core INF competency No course available at technical college
Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (VSR) (0-3 hours STAND ALONE) 3 hours of social science from GSS  

*Technical students must meet all requirements for admission to USC and must be accepted through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Consult the University Bulletin for specific entrance requirements. Nothing in the foregoing supersedes any University, college, departmental, or programmatic regulation or policy.