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Public Health 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.* Courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher in order to be considered for transfer credit.

Public Health (BA)

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
Spoken Component (CMS) (3 hours)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205
Historical Thinking (GHS) (3 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
One course from: HIST 101-109 Any 100 level History
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Students must have the equivalent of two semesters of study in a foreign language and demonstrate proficiency on the university’s placement examination. Alternatively, students may complete both 109 and 110 courses in the same foreign language.

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)
Social Sciences (GSS) (12 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding   
PSYC 101 PSY 201
SOCY 101 SOC 101
ANTH 102 ANT 202
ECON 224 ECO 201
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) (6 hours)  STAT 110 No equivalent course at Technical College
STAT 201 MAT 120, 165
Scientific Literacy (SCI) (7 hours) Two courses (must include one laboratory) selected from:
  • BIOL
  • CHEM
  • PHYS
Two courses (must include one laboratory) selected from:
  • BIO 101, 102, 105, 112, 205, 206, 210, 211
  • CHM 105 or 112, 110, 111
  • PHS 101, 102, 115; PHY 201, 202, 221, 222
Fine Arts (AIU) (3 hours)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
One fine arts, humanities or literature course One course from:
  • ART 101, 105, 107, 108, 111, 112
  • ENG 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 218, 222, 230, 234, 235, 236, 238
  • HIS 104, 105, 112, 115, 130, 131, 230, 235
  • MUS 105, 110
  • REL 101, 102, 103
  • SPC 208, 209, 210, 215
  • THE 101, 105, 205

Public Health or Exercise Science (BS)

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
Spoken Component (CMS) (3 hours)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205
Historical Thinking (GHS) (3 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
HIST 101-109 Any 100 level History
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Students must have the equivalent of two semesters of study in a foreign language and demonstrate proficiency on the university’s placement examination. Alternatively, students may complete both 109 and 110 courses in the same foreign language.

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)
Social Sciences (GSS) (6 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding   
PSYC 101 PSY 201
SOCY 101 SOC 101
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) (6 hours)  MATH 122 or 141 AND MAT 130 or 140 AND
STAT 201 MAT 120, 165
Fine Arts (AIU) (3 hours)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
One fine arts, humanities or literature course One course selected from:
  • ART 101, 105, 107, 108, 111, 112
  • ENG 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 218, 222, 230, 234, 235, 236, 238
  • HIS 104, 105, 112, 115, 130, 131, 230, 235
  • MUS 105, 110
  • REL 101, 102, 103
  • SPC 208, 209, 210, 215
  • THE 101, 105, 205
Scientific Literacy (SCI) (16 hours*)

*Twenty hours of Science Literacy is required for graduation. Sixteen hours are available through the technical colleges.
Two courses (must include one laboratory) selected from:
  • BIOL 101/101L and BIOL 102/102L
  • CHEM 111
  • PHYS 201/201L
  • CHEM 112 or PHYS 202/202L
Two courses (must include one laboratory) selected from:
  • BIO 101 and 102
  • CHM 110
  • PHY 201
  • CHM 111 or PHY 202
Additional Courses
CHEM 333/331L CHM 211
CHEM 334/332L CHM 212

* 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.