Welcome to the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin
The Undergraduate Studies Bulletin is the official document of record concerning undergraduate academic programs and regulations.
This bulletin is for information purposes only and does not constitute any contractual agreement between a student and the University of South Carolina. The University reserves the right to make changes in curricula, degree requirements, course offerings, or academic regulations at any time when, in the judgment of the faculty, the president, or the Board of Trustees, such changes are in the best interest of the students and the University.
Which Bulletin Should You Use?
On August 15 of each year, the undergraduate bulletin of record for an academic year is “frozen” to establish the guidelines and regulations under which each incoming class matriculates.
An undergraduate student may choose to obtain a degree in accordance with the curricular requirements in force for the particular degree at the time the student first enrolls as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student at any University campus, or under subsequent requirements published while the student is enrolled. However, the student’s choice is restricted to a specific bulletin and the curricular requirements described therein. Undergraduate students have a period of eight years, inclusive and continuous, in which to claim the rights of a specific bulletin.
Within the eight-year limit, an undergraduate student who is absent from the University for no longer than three years, and who returns to complete the program of study, shall have the right to continue under the bulletin in effect at the time of the student’s original enrollment as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student. Alternatively, the student may elect the degree requirements under the bulletin in effect at the time of return. If the period of absence is longer than three years, the student will be subject to the curricular requirements in force at the time of return. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to appeal to short-lived rules and regulations which were adopted and abandoned during the period of their absence.
If drastic revisions of curricula or program requirements have occurred during a student’s absence (even if for less than three years), or during the period between the student’s original enrollment as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student and the eventual movement to a different degree program or campus within the University, a reasonable effort will be made by the academic dean to permit the student to undertake a transitional program that is equivalent to the educational experience intended under the bulletin in force at the time of the student’s original enrollment as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student.
Printed administrative copies of the academic bulletins through the 2008–2009 academic year are available for reference in Thomas Cooper Library, the School of Medicine Library, Coleman Karesh Law Library, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, The Graduate School, the Office of the Provost, and each college, school, and department office. Complimentary administrative copies are no longer produced.
Bulletin Updates and Corrections
Non-curricular information (i.e., faculty listings, contact information, college or departmental descriptive text) can be updated by contacting the Office of the University Registrar. Any material pertaining to course descriptions or curriculum changes must have the approval of the Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, Board of Trustees, and/or S.C. Commission on Higher Education before it can be published in the bulletins.
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Printing Portions of the Online Bulletins
Except for a limited run of administrative copies up to the 2008–2009 academic year (copies of which are available for reference in the USC libraries), the academic bulletins are available online only. However, you may produce hard copy of any portion or all of an online bulletin using your local printer. Every bulletin page has a “Print” icon in the top right corner of each page.
Other Printed Academic Documents
Supplementary materials are available on request as follows: the School of Medicine bulletin may be obtained by writing to the medical school; the School of Law bulletin may be obtained by writing to the School of Law. These offices are at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.
Final authority for all aspects of content rests with the Office of the Provost. All material submitted for publication in the undergraduate bulletin must be cleared through the academic editor, Helen Doerpinghaus, associate provost and dean of undergraduate affairs. For the graduate bulletin, clearance must be obtained through Timothy Mousseau, dean of The Graduate School.
Registration at the University of South Carolina assumes the students’ acceptance of all published regulations, including both those which appear in this document and all others as applicable in any official announcement such as Carolina Community: Student Handbook and Policy Guide.
Official policies of the University listed below are published annually in Carolina Community.
- Student Rights and Freedoms within the Academic Community
- Code of Student Academic Responsibility and Procedures for Implementation of this Code
- Grievance Policy and Procedures for Non-Academic Areas
- University Policy on Use of Alcohol
- University Policy on Campus Solicitation
- University Policy on Student Patent and Copyright Matters
The University has established procedures to certify that all classroom activities are conducted by individuals with spoken and written proficiency in the English language at a suitable level. Student complaints concerning the English proficiency of an individual with classroom responsibilities should follow the grievance procedures available from the Office of the Provost.
The University of South Carolina provides equal opportunity in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. The University of South Carolina has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504 and Title IX coordinator the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs. The Office of the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs is located in Suite 805 of 1600 Hampton St., Columbia, South Carolina; telephone 803-777-3854.
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2012-2013 School of Law Bulletin
2012-2013 School of Medicine Bulletin