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High School Preparation

Note: Students who began college at USC or elsewhere during fall 2015 or later, need to follow the 2015 General Education program requirements. Students who began college elsewhere before fall 2015, need to follow the 2014 General Education program requirements. This applies to all sections below.

AP Exams

USC grants 4 USC units for most AP exams passed with a minimum score of 4. A maximum of 32 units can be awarded for AP exams. Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exams listed below will be given General Education or Marshall prerequisite subject credit as follows:

2015 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category A: The Arts

  • AP Art History

General Education Category D: Life Sciences

  • AP Biology

General Education Category E: Physical Sciences

  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1 AP Physics B
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Physics (C- Electricity/Magnetism)
  • AP Physics (C- Mechanics)

General Education Category F: Quantitative Reasoning

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Statistics

General Education Category H: Traditions and Historical Foundations

  • AP European History
  • AP World History
  • AP US History

Business Administration Requirements

  • AP Calculus AB or BC (MATH-118)

 

2014 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category I: Western Cultures and Traditions

  • AP Art History
  • AP European History

General Education Category III: Scientific Inquiry

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C (Mechanics or Electricity/Magnetism)

Business Administration

  • AP Calculus AP or BC (Math-118)

Students may also receive credit for college courses taken while in high school.

IB Exams

USC grants 20 units of credit to students who earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a score of 30 or higher, or 6 semester units of credit for each score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Higher Level exams, up to a maximum of four exams, whichever is higher. The following IB exams fulfill 6 units and fulfill USC subject requirements:

2015 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category A: The Arts

  • IB Dance
  • IB Film
  • IB Music
  • IB Theater
  • IB Visual Arts

General Education Category F: Quantitative Reasoning

  • IB Economics
  • IB Mathematics
  • IB Further mathematics

General Education Category D: Life Sciences

  • IB Biology

General Education Category G: Citizenship in a Global Era

  • IB Global Politics
  • Route 2 - 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Asia and Oceania or
    HL Option: History of Africa or
    HL Option: History of the Americas

General Education Category E: Physical Sciences

  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Physics

General Education H: Traditions and Historical Foundations: 

  • IB Global Politics
  • Route 1 - History of Europe & Islamic World
    Route 2- 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Europe and the Middle East

 

2014 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category I: Western Cultures and Traditions

  • Route 2 - 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Europe and the Middle East 

General Education Category III: Scientific Inquiry

  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Physics

General Education Category II: Global Cultures and Traditions

  • IB Global Politics
  • Route 2 - 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Asia and Oceania or
    HL Option: History of Africa or
    HL Option: History of the Americas