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Academic and Departmental Requirements

Some majors have special entrance, fee, and progression requirements. Refer to the list below to see if your intended major is one of these. If so, please read and print the important information regarding your intended major.

Academic Department Fees

Arnold School of Public Health
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education
College of Engineering and Computing
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
College of Information and Communications
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
College of Social Work
Darla Moore School of Business
School of Music
South Carolina Honors College

 Requirements for Specific Majors

Business Majors

You have been accepted for admission into the Pre-Business Division of the baccalaureate program at the Darla Moore School of Business. Upon enrollment, advancement within any business major is governed by progression requirements, as set by the Darla Moore School of Business. Therefore, advancing to the upper division of any business major will be based on a course sequence, grades earned and space availability in the program.

Beginning in 2016-2017, progression requirements for the Moore School of Business were changed in effort to increase rigor and depth of coverage within both the business core and departmental majors. This initiative is designed to help our graduates meet the demands of an increasingly competitive labor market. The freshmen progression requirements require students to take advanced coursework sooner, thereby ensuring that they achieve proficiency prior to pursuing more demanding coursework in the upper division.

In their first year, students must now complete the following (or have earned the transfer equivalent) and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative USC GPA:

ACCT 225
Either ECON 221 or ECON 222
MGSC 290
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
MATH 122
STAT 206


For students interested in International Business

Students who have selected Pre-International Business as their intended major are encouraged to read the Undergraduate Bulletin and the Darla Moore School of Business website. Please note that students must apply for admission to the International Business major after earning a minimum 3.65 Cumulative USC GPA. Space in the program varies each year and admission is highly competitive. Candidates may be well qualified but not admitted because of the limitations on program size. Exceptions to this process are granted for students who selected “Pre-International Business” on their application for admission and are admitted as freshmen to the South Carolina Honors College. More information about the International Business program can be found on the Moore School of Business website.


Since its founding in 1919, the Darla Moore School of Business has had a history of keeping pace with the ever-changing global market through a blend of academic preparation and real-world experience.  By emphasizing cutting-edge business knowledge and skills with a strong liberal arts foundation and a student-centered learning environment that includes global opportunities, scholar tracks within majors, cultural awareness, and language appreciation, the school continues to earn international recognition.

Building on this notable foundation, the Darla Moore School’s undergraduate program enrichment fee provides undergraduate business students with a quality series of program and infrastructure enhancements. Because of the fee, business students enjoy the following: 

  • New faculty with world-class expertise in their fields
  • Enhanced student services technology capabilities
  • Classroom enhancements and new learning-support technologies
  • Increased opportunities for real-world learning experiences
  • Expanded career development and placement services
  • Additional course offerings
  • Increased opportunities for specialized advisement based on student interests

The undergraduate program enrichment fee is assessed to all business school students and billed with tuition in the Fall and Spring semesters of each academic year (excludes summer).  The fee is currently $678 per semester for full time students.* For questions concerning the fee schedule, please contact the Undergraduate Division at

 *This fee is subject to change or increase by the Board of Trustees at any time

Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers three undergraduate degrees. A general major leads to the Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry. The second option is an intensive major suggested for those intending to enter the chemical profession and leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The third option is a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology. For all majors a minimum grade of “C” in Chemistry 111 and 112 is required. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been approved by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Committee on Professional Training, and completion of the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry comes with ACS Certification.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides an integrative program of training for undergraduates combining two disciplines that underlie much of the conceptual and practical foundation of modern biological, biochemical, and medical research and technology.

As a reminder, if you qualify for any AP or IB credits for any of the above courses, please be sure to contact the testing agency and ask to have your official scores sent to the University of South Carolina-Columbia. 

Dance Majors

Admission to the University of South Carolina does not guarantee admission into the dance program. In order to finalize your application and acceptance into the Department of Theatre and Dance, you must complete an audition with the department. Your application to the Dance Program is not complete until the audition has occurred. A successful audition also enables consideration for departmental scholarships offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Dance auditions will be held at the USC Dance Studios, located at 324 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC. There is no fee to audition and auditions are conducted in group format. Before scheduling your audition, you will need to complete and submit an Audition Response Form, as well as the Application Packet for the Dance Program, at least two weeks prior to the date of the audition. Find out more information about auditions and get required forms from the Department of Theatre and Dance.

If you cannot attend the audition, you can submit a video audition in DVD format. 

If you have questions about the audition process or how to schedule an audition, please contact Sabrina McClure at 803-777-5636 or email her at

HRSM Majors

You have been accepted for admission into the baccalaureate program in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM). The College of HRSM has a pre- professional and a professional division of student classification. All new students will begin in the pre-professional division. Progression into the professional division requires the successful completion of the GPA and course requirements required for your major. Please consult the academic bulletin for a listing of course requirements.

Progression grade point average (GPA) requirements for each major are:

  • Hospitality Management: 2.25
  • Retailing: 2.25
  • Sport and Entertainment Management: 2.75
  • Tourism Management: 2.25
Communication and Information Majors

Please remember to familiarize yourself with the academic progression requirements for the College, which are listed in the academic bulletin. For your reference, the progression requirements for the School of Journalism are listed below (see the bulletin for information studies degree requirements). Each student within the school is expected to make orderly progress toward a baccalaureate degree. To facilitate this, the school’s undergraduate program is divided into upper and lower divisions.

  1. Lower-division students are those who have earned fewer than 60 semester hours toward the degree or who do not meet admission requirements to the upper division. Lower-division students may not enroll in upper-division journalism courses, which include all 500-level courses.
  2. Entrance into 300+ level skill courses in the electronic journalism sequence is competitive and is not guaranteed. Students can declare the major at any time. However, they must formally apply for permission to continue with the program the semester before they intend to take JOUR 361. Applications are due October 1 (for spring admission) and March 1 (for fall admission) and will be available on-line. Applications will NOT be accepted after established deadlines. Admission is based on strength of the student’s letter of interest and USC GPA. Students may also be asked to interview with a selection committee (members of which are selected by the sequence chair). Students who do not meet established requirements may reapply the following semester.
  3. Admission to the upper division is based upon a minimum 2.50 cumulative USC GPA; completion of JOUR 101 and 291 with grades of C or higher; completion of 60 or more semester hours toward the degree; completion of foreign language requirement; selection of a particular program of study within the college; and selection and approval of a minor or cognate.
  4. All students must maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA in USC courses in order to maintain good standing in the school. Grades will be reviewed at the end of each semester. Students who have less than a 2.50 USC GPA and/or a 2.50 cumulative GPA in USC work are not in good standing and will be placed on probation within the school. Students will be permitted to remain in the school while on probation for only one semester, after which the student will be administratively removed from the school if his or her cumulative and/or USC GPA is less than a 2.50. With the exception of upper-division courses, students in this situation may continue to take course work toward their degree if seats are available.
  5. All majors within the school will be expected to pass all journalism and mass communications courses used toward the degree with a minimum grade of C.
  6. No journalism and mass communications course may be repeated more than once by any student unless formally approved by the school petition committee.
Music Majors

In order to complete your application and be reviewed for admission into the School of Music, you must audition for the School of Music.* Your application to the School of Music is not complete until the audition has occurred. Admission into the university does not guarantee admission into the School of Music – an audition is required.

Learn more about the audition process.

If you have questions about the audition process or how to register for your audition, please contact Jennifer Jablonski, Director of Admissions, USC School of Music, at 803-777-6614 (1-866-745-5672 toll free) or email

*Note: If you have already auditioned or have registered for an upcoming School of Music audition, please disregard this reminder.

Nursing Majors

You have been accepted for admission into the pre-nursing lower division of the baccalaureate program at the College of Nursing. Acceptance to the university with a lower division classification in nursing does not guarantee progression into the upper division nursing major. The College of Nursing admits the most qualified applicants to the upper division each year.

The College of Nursing offers a four-year undergraduate program that leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The baccalaureate program is approved by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The undergraduate curriculum combines professional education in nursing with a strong foundation in the liberal arts.

Lower Division introductory nursing courses focus on the history of the nursing profession, nutrition, and biophysical pathology. During four semesters, Upper Division nursing students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for complex health problems of individuals, families, and/or communities. Clinical practice is supported by concurrent classroom study. Students have opportunities for learning experiences and practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, extended-care facilities, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, schools, and community agencies.

Progression into upper division nursing occurs in the summer or fall semester. To be eligible for upper division nursing consideration and selection, students must meet specific academic criteria. To apply to upper division nursing, students must submit a completed College of Nursing Progression Application no later than December 1 to be considered for placement in the following summer or fall semester.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Pharmacy Majors

You have been accepted for admission into the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program at the College of Pharmacy. Acceptance to the university with a “B.S. in Pharmaceutical” classification does not guarantee progression into the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) professional program.  Typically, applicants accepted into the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and successfully completing all degree requirements  may obtain the Pharm.D. in their fourth professional year or sixth year in college at USC.   In most situations, applicants accepted into the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and successfully completing all degree requirements may receive the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in their second professional year or fourth year in college at USC.

Admission into the Pharm.D. program in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy is competitive and is based on the applicant’s completion of pharmacy pre-requisites, GPA, academic record, letters of recommendation, interview evaluations, PCAT scores, honors/awards, extracurricular activities, pharmacy exposure, and a personal statement about career goals in pharmacy.

South Carolina College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program applicants must complete 66 credit hours of undergraduate course work to be considered for admission:

  • General Chemistry: 8 hours
  • Organic Chemistry: 8 hours
  • Physics: 3 hours
  • Calculus: 3 hours
  • Statistics: 3 hours
  • General Biology: 8 hours
  • Microbiology: 3 hours
  • English Composition: 3 hours
  • English Literature/Composition: 3 hours
  • Verbal Skills: 3 hours
  • Economics: 3 hours
  • Psychology: 3 hours
  • Liberal Arts electives: 9 hours
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: 6 hours

All accepted applicants, including applicants with AP/IB/or dual enrollment credit for general or business calculus must take the Math Placement Test prior to New Student Orientation. All accepted applicants should take the Foreign Language Placement Test before the start date of classes.

For more information, please contact the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at 803-777-4151 or visit:

Undergraduate Admissions Admitted Students