Nov 17, 2019  
2005-2006 Student Handbook 
    
2005-2006 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academics


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The information, academic policies and procedures outlined below are designed to guide students during their studies. They do not constitute a binding contract and may be changed at any time. For assistance with these policies and procedures, see your advisor or college dean.

Please note that some academic departments (eg, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy) have additional requirements that are delineated in department handbooks or publications. Comprehensive information on academic requirements, clinical education, and professional behavior is available from the individual departments.

Graduate Students

All graduate students are expected to abide by all university policies including the Student Code of Conduct outlined in the USP Student Handbook. Academic policies and procedures specific to graduate students, however, are cited in the Graduate Student Handbook, which is available in the Office of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, located in the McNeil Building, Room 104.


Entry-Level Programs

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A total of 21 entry-level programs of study are available to undergraduates at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy—offers the entry-level doctor of pharmacy, a six-year program. Other majors offered are four-year programs leading to the BS degree in pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutical marketing and management, and pharmaceutical sciences.

Misher College of Arts and Sciences—offers programs in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, premedical track, psychology, and science teacher certification. All are four-year programs leading to the BS degree except that the premedical track and science teacher certification are offered in the context of a major such as biology or chemistry. The college also offers a five-year BS/MS program in health psychology.

College of Health Sciences—offers four-year BS programs in health science and medical technology. There is a five-year program of study offered in occupational therapy, leading to a BS in Health Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy. For students with a bachelor’s degree, a two-and-a-half-year master’s degree in occupational therapy is offered. In 2004, the physical therapy program changed from a five-year master’s program to a six-year program, leading to a BS in Health Science as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. A transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program offers students with an MPT from USP the opportunity to earn their DPT by taking four on-line courses. The program in physician assistant studies leads to a BS in Health Science from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and an MS from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Majors

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Declaring a Major

Students attending University of the Sciences in Philadelphia usually declare a major field of study during the admission process. All degree programs are described in detail in the University Catalog.

Qualified students may also enroll at USP in the undeclared major program. This option enables the student to gain more information on which to base a decision regarding a specific major field of study. In consultation with the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, each student in the undeclared program is encouraged to apply for a specific major by April 15. Students may continue undeclared status into a second year with approval of the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. At the end of the second year, students will need to select one of various other majors available at USP and be accepted into the major. Students can remain in the undeclared option program no longer than 4 full-time (12 credits or more) semesters (excluding summer sessions) or through the end of the U3 year, whichever comes first. At this time, students must declare a major or they will be dropped from the rolls. More information on the undeclared option can be found in the section on the College of Health Sciences in the University Catalog.

Changing a Major

Changing from one major field of study to another major at this University is often possible, but is neither automatic nor guaranteed. Following consultation with his/her academic advisor, the student intending to change his/her major should meet with the college dean or program director responsible for the degree program into which the student desires to transfer.

Formal requests for change of major must be submitted to the student’s prospective college dean by the following dates: not later than April 15 for the fall semester, not later than October 15 for the spring semester, and not later than February 15 for the summer session for programs that accept summer changes. Programs offered in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy accept applications for change of major only for April 15 and October 15 consideration.

A change of major is subject to approval of the appropriate program director(s) and college dean(s) and is based on a review of the student’s academic record, other qualifications for acceptance into the degree program under consideration, and space availability.

Minors

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An academic minor is a concentration of courses, usually with a common theme, that enables the student to develop a degree of formal expertise in a discipline outside of the student’s major. It is intended to supplement the student’s academic training by broadening the scope of knowledge and experience beyond that obtained from courses required for the student’s major degree.

While obtaining a minor is not a requirement, a minor can offer several advantages, such as enhanced job opportunities, increased potential for advancement and/or greater opportunity for more challenging assignments, and the demonstration of a broader academic background that may increase the student’s chances of being accepted into graduate or professional school. The student’s transcript will note that the student is enrolled in a minor program. Satisfactory completion of the requirements for the minor will be noted only on the student’s transcript, not on the student’s diploma.

Eligibility

To be eligible for acceptance into a minor program, a student must

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Obtain the approval of the student’s academic advisor and major program director and/or dean
  • Obtain the approval of the chairperson of the department offering the minor program

A student should apply to participate in a minor program early in his/her academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work. A student cannot enroll in a minor program offered by his/her major department.

Requirements

In addition to any introductory courses in the area of concentration for the minor, a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework having a common intellectual bond is required. The faculty of the department offering a minor will decide the number of credits needed to earn the minor, which courses are required, and which courses are suitable electives for the minor.

Up to 6 semester hours of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the chairperson of the department offering the minor and the appropriate college dean. The student must achieve a cumulative average of 2.0 in all the courses taken as part of the minor.

While enrolled in a minor program, the student must remain in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress. A student placed on probation is automatically terminated from the minor program. A student whose participation in a minor has been terminated may request reinstatement when the student meets the criteria for continuing in the minor program.

Information regarding the academic status of a student in a minor program should be forwarded by the chair of the department offering the minor to the faculty advisor, program director, appropriate college
dean, and Registrar.

Double Degrees and Double Majors

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Students wishing to earn two degrees or pursue two majors must be accepted by both of the degree programs. Addition of the second major requires the approval of the dean(s) and program directors of each major. Students may earn two baccalaureate degrees, one baccalaureate and one entry-level professional degree, or one degree with two majors by completing the following:

  1. The Core Curriculum: Courses taken to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements may be used for both degrees or majors. Courses taken to fulfill the Core Distribution Elective(s) may not be required by either degree program or major and may not be from the department(s) offering the degree programs or majors.
  2. Required Courses of the Degree Programs or Majors: All required courses for both degrees or both majors must be completed with the exception of when the degree programs or majors require different courses (or course sequences) on the same topic. In such cases, the student must take the course (or course sequence) with the higher number of credits. If both courses have the same number of credits, the course selected must have written approval of both program directors.
  3. Elective Courses of the Degree Programs or Majors: Students pursuing two degrees or two majors may not use courses required by one of the degree programs or majors to fulfill elective requirements of another degree program or major. Courses which are electives in both degree programs or both majors may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of both degrees or both majors. Exceptions may be made only with the permission of both program directors and of the college dean(s) to whom they report.
  4. Completion of Degrees: A degree may be awarded once all requirements for that degree are met.
    1. A double major is awarded when the student has satisfied the requirements for earning a degree and all requirements for both majors are met.
    2. The first degree of the double degree may be awarded when the student has completed the requirements of that degree. The second degree may be awarded once the student has earned the credits for the second degree, including the minimum 30 credits beyond what is required for one of the degrees.
  5. Limitations: Neither double degrees nor double majors may be earned for programs that are offered within the same department. An exception is made for semi-autonomous, cross-disciplinary programs that have an affiliation with one of the departments in which the other major or degree is being sought, such as Bioinformatics or Medical Technology.

The Core Curriculum

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Educational Philosophy

The philosophy of education at USP is predicated on the belief that educated students must master the competencies in their chosen disciplines and attain an extended range of knowledge and skills in the arts and sciences. This philosophy is based on the assumption that undergraduate education must provide students with an academic foundation in the sciences and the arts to develop those abilities that will enable them to function effectively in their selected career and in their personal and social endeavors.

Excellence in education must be viewed as something more than the process of providing students with knowledge and understanding of information. Students must be given the opportunity to learn, analyze, and synthesize information and to evaluate its application to a variety of life’s experiences. This will provide the basis for continued development throughout the student’s professional and personal life. Fundamental to this educational philosophy is the curricular content of the academic programs. While there is a need to achieve a balance between depth and specialized study and exposure to a diversity of ideas, perspectives, and modes of thinking, all undergraduate programs must establish a common intellectual experience for students.

This sequence, regularly referred to as the Core Curriculum, enables the student to develop basic skills, prepares the student for advanced coursework, and allows the student to explore varied areas of inquiry. In addition to the Core Curriculum, students must have the opportunity to direct their intellectual development through the system of distribution requirements and free electives.

The Core-An Overview

The Core has been designed to allow for coursework and other learning experiences in nine areas of study:

  • Communication
  • Literature
  • World Cultures
  • Mathematics
  • Moral Reasoning
  • Historical Study
  • Fine Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

In designing a curriculum that accommodates instruction in these nine areas, the faculty has developed a Core structure that provides common learning experiences for all students, as well as opportunities for individual course selection.

The Core Curriculum Components

The four components of the Core, which all students must take, regardless of their major, are listed below.

    Credits
Fundamental Requirements   38
Intellectual Heritage Requirements   6
Core Distribution Requirements   9
Core Elective   3
Total   56

The Core Components:

Fundamental Requirements (38 Credits)

This component of the Core comprises 38 credits and is designed introduce students to basic concepts in the natural and physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. These courses provide background for more advanced studies within the Core Curriculum well as allowing students to explore varied areas of inquiry acquiring basic academic skills. To fulfill the Fundamental Requirements component, the student must complete the following:
Natural Sciences (16 credits)
Representative Courses

  • Concepts in Biology
  • General Biology
  • Introductory Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Survey of Chemistry
  • Introductory Physics
  • Survey of Physics

The 16 credits of natural sciences must:

  • Include a one-year, 8-credit sequence of any one course in natural sciences (i.e., biology, chemistry, or physics), along with the associated laboratory component
  • Include two 4-credit survey courses, one in each of the remaining areas of natural sciences, with or without a laboratory component; a 6- to 8-credit full-year course may be substituted for each of the 4-credit survey courses

Communication (6 credits)

  • College Composition
  • Introduction to Communication

Writing in Literature (3 credits)

  • Introduction to Literature

Mathematics (6 credits)

  • Mathematical Analysis I & II

Physical Education (1 credit)

  • Physical Education I & II

Social Sciences (6 credits)

  • Introduction to Anthropology and Health Behavior
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Political Science and the American Government
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

Ethics/Moral Reasoning

All degree programs will address the issue of ethics/moral reasoning.

Proficiency and Skills

Proficiency and skill requirements are as follows:

  • All first-year students must demonstrate a proficiency in computer applications before progressing to the spring semester of their second year
  • All students must demonstrate a proficiency in writing before graduation; please note that the Writing Proficiency Examination is different from the Diagnostic Examination in Writing, which is administered before or at the beginning of the student’s first year of study

Intellectual Heritage (6 Credits)

Intellectual Heritage is a 6-credit, two-semester sequence required of all students in their second year. This sequence examines the foundations of modern thought through the study of interrelationships among ideas, events, attitudes, values, and artifacts produced within various cultures past and present. The component aims to broaden students’ bases of knowledge upon which judgments about oneself and society are made.

The fall semester of Intellectual Heritage will begin with a four-week segment for all students entitled “The Birth of the Modern.” This segment is designed to introduce students to the concept of modernity and its historical development by systematically exposing them to fundamental ideas and epochal events that have helped to shape our contemporary view of the world and our place in it. This segment will move from the Renaissance through the eighteenth century.

Students will then enter a 10-week segment in one of the following themed sections, for which they will be preregistered:

  1. Democracy, Power, and Oppression. Introduces students to the history of political power structures, focusing on the fundamental concepts of democracy, power, and oppression. The course is structured around nine themes (such as absolutism, totalitarianism, and democracy), which are related to modern political institutions.
  2. Belief and Thought. Traces the various “world views” that have dominated Western thought since the Renaissance. These out looks, resulting from tremendous revolutions in the spheres of religion, ethics, science, philosophy, art, music, and the social order, will be presented through readings, slides, videos, and music.
  3. Nature. Introduces students to divergent perspectives of nature over time and across cultures. The material will be presented in four units, examining varying cultural attitudes and conceptualizations of nature as a creative, preservative, and destructive force and will include an examination of political, social, and economic factors affecting nature during our own time.
  4. The Nature of Time. Introduces students to the complex, enigmatic, and often elusive nature of time. The approach taken will be multidisciplinary, historical, and multicultural, covering diverse fields such as physics, medicine, psychology, sociology, religion, art, and philosophy.
  5. Infinity in the Development of Science. Consists of an in-depth study of how cultural and personal beliefs about infinity influenced the development of quantitative reasoning and science over the centuries. The course will focus on the antecedents of modern beliefs about infinity and on differing cultural notions of infinity.

In the spring semester, students will register for a different 10-week themed section. A final four-week segment (“The Modern Self “) for all students will trace the development of the self in the contemporary age. We will analyze the transformation of the modern self from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. This segment completes the Intellectual Heritage sequence.

Core Distribution Requirements (9 Credits)

All students are required to complete 9 credits in the Core Distribution Requirements component, usually during the third or fourth year of the curriculum. The distribution areas indicated below include areas of study the faculty believes are essential to a student’s personal and professional development. Students must select one course in each of three areas. A representative listing of appropriate courses is provided below.
Area 1:World Cultures (3 credits)
This component exposes students to the languages, values, intellectual traditions, and social and political institutions that comprise the history and thought of cultures different from their own. Students will gain insight into what their own culture has in common with others, as well as what makes it unique.
Representative Courses

  • East Asian Civilization
  • French
  • German
  • Intercultural Health Communication
  • Spanish

Area 2: History/Literature (3 credits)
Course offerings in historical study involve the acquisition of historical knowledge, understanding of historical processes, and the appreciation of historical methodology. Courses in literature expose students to a range of literary genres, issues, and styles of past and present writers.
Representative Courses

  • American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • History of Modern Russia
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Modern Drama and Theatre
  • The Short Story
  • The Novel
  • Twentieth-Century America
  • Twentieth-Century Europe

Area 3: Advanced Social Sciences (3 credits)
This component extends knowledge acquired at the introductory level to enhance students’ analytical skills in understanding human behavior, to familiarize students with principles of economics, and to improve specific communication skills.
Representative Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Health

Core Elective (3 Credits)
To allow for further exploration of issues and topics outside one’s major field of study and/or to provide an opportunity for further development of skills and knowledge relevant to one’s major field, students are required to complete 3 credits in an elective course from one of the areas listed below. Note: The core elective course must be outside of the major and minor requirements.
Elective Course Areas

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication (oral or written)
  • Computer Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences (psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology)
  • Undergraduate Independent/Directed Study
  • World Cultures
Core Curriculum Components Checklist   
Ultimately, it is a student’s responsibility to track the courses he/she is required to
take. This checklist may be used to enter course numbers in the appropriate category
as they are completed.
Fundamental Requirements: 38 credits  
Natural Sciences (16 credits) __________ __________
    __________ __________
Communications (6 credits) __________ __________
Writing in Literature (3 credits) __________  
Mathematics (6 credits) __________ __________
Physical Education (1 credits) __________  
Social Sciences (6 credits) __________ __________
       
Intellectual Heritage Requirements: 6 credits  
    __________ __________
     
Core Distribution Requirements: 9 credits  
World Cultures __________  
History/Literature __________  
Advanced Social Sciences __________  
       
Core Elective 3 credits  
Outside of major and minor requirements __________  
       
Proficiency and Skills    
Proficiency in computer applications - before spring semester of second year
__________
Proficiency in Writing - graduation requirement - usually administered in the
spring of second year __________
       
       

 

 

Fund

Intel.
Heritage

Core Dist
History / Literature

Core Dist
World Cultures

Core Elective

 

Humanities Courses

AR101 Art Appreciation

 

 

 

 

x

AR201 Principles of Drawing

 

 

 

 

x

EN101 College Composition

x

 

 

 

 

EN102 Introduction to Literature

x

 

 

 

 

EN204 Public Speaking (cross-listed as CO204)

x

 

 

 

x

EN301 Creative Writing

 

 

 

 

x

EN302 Scientific Writing

 

 

 

 

x

EN303 Creative Writing: Playwriting

 

 

x

 

x

EN304 Creative Writing: Fiction

 

 

x

 

x

EN305 Argumentation and Critical Thought

 

 

 

 

x

EN306 Creative Writing: Poetry

 

 

x

 

x

EN310 The Novel

 

 

x

 

x

EN311 Twentieth-Century American Fiction

 

 

x

 

x

EN312 Modern Drama and Theatre

 

 

x

 

x

EN313 Twentieth-Century British Literature

 

 

x

 

x

EN314 The Short Story

 

 

x

 

x

EN315 The Self in Prose: Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction

 

 

x

 

x

EN317 Women in Literature

 

 

x

 

x

EN318 Major American Writers

 

 

x

 

x

EN319 Tragical, Comical, Historical, Pastoral: A Survey of Shakespearean Drama

 

 

x

 

x

EN320 Popular Fiction in America

 

 

x

 

x

EN325 Asian American Literature

 

 

x

 

x

EN326 Literature and Medicine

 

 

x

 

x

AC101 Elementary Arabic I

 

 

 

x

x

AC102 Elementary Arabic II

 

 

 

x

x

CI101 Elementary Chinese I

 

 

 

x

x

CI102 Elementary Chinese II

 

 

 

x

x

FR101 Elementary French I

 

 

 

x

x

FR102 Elementary French II

 

 

 

x

x

FR201 Intermediate French I

 

 

 

x

x

FR202 Intermediate French II

 

 

 

x

x

GE101 Elementary German I

 

 

 

x

x

GE102 Elementary German II

 

 

 

x

x

GE201 Intermediate German I

 

 

 

x

x

GE202 Intermediate German II

 

 

 

x

x

IT101 Elementary Italian I

 

 

 

x

x

IT102 Elementary Italian II

 

 

 

x

x

LA101 Elementary Latin I

 

 

 

x

x

SP101 Elementary Spanish I

 

 

 

x

x

SP102 Elementary Spanish II

 

 

 

x

x

SP201 Intermediate Spanish I

 

 

 

x

x

SP202 Intermediate Spanish II

 

 

 

x

x

SP301 Spanish for Health Care Professionals

 

 

 

x

x

HI101 History of Western Civilization I

 

 

x

 

x

HI102 History of Western Civilization II

 

 

x

 

x

HI301 Twentieth-Century Europe

 

 

x

x

x

HI302 United States Foreign Policy since 1900

 

 

x

 

x

HI303 Revolutions, Civil Wars, and Wars of Liberation in the Twentieth Century

 

 

x

 

x

HI304 Twentieth-Century America

 

 

x

 

x

HI305 East Asian Civilization (cross-listed as WC202)

 

 

x

x

x

HI306 American Civil War and Reconstruction

 

 

x

 

x

HI307 Studies in African Civilizations (cross-listed as WC205)

 

 

x

x

x

HI310 History of Health Care Sciences (cross-listed as PA310)

 

 

x

 

x

HI311 History of Modern Russia

 

 

x

x

x

HU302 American Culture: the 1920s

 

 

x

 

x

HU303 American Culture: the 1930s

 

 

x

 

x

HU304 Victorian Culture

 

 

x

 

x

HU335 Views of the Cosmos (cross-listed as PY335)

 

 

x

x

x

HU340 Special Topics in the Humanities

 

 

x

 

x

HU399 Independent Study

 

 

 

 

x

HU498 Directed Study in the Humanities

 

 

 

 

x

MU101 Music Appreciation

 

 

 

 

x

MU201 Introductory Piano

 

 

 

 

x

MU202 Intermediate Piano

 

 

 

 

x

PL101 Philosophy and Values

 

 

 

 

x

PL301 Advanced Philosophy

 

 

 

 

x

PL302 Philosophy and History of Education

 

 

 

 

x

PL501 Ethics and Values

 

 

 

 

x

WC202 East Asian Civilization (cross-listed as HI305)

 

 

x

x

x

WC203 Latin American Civilization

 

 

x

x

x

WC204 German Civilization (cross-listed as GE320)

 

 

 

x

x

WC205 Studies in African Civilizations (cross-listed as HI307)

 

 

x

x

x

WC340 Special Topics in World Cultures

 

 

 

x

x

IH201 Intellectual Heritage I

 

x

 

 

 

IH202 Intellectual Heritage II

 

x

 

 

 

Social Sciences Courses

AN101 Introduction to Anthropology and Health Behavior

x

 

 

 

x

CO101 Introduction to Communication

x

 

 

 

 

CO204 Public Speaking (cross-listed as EN204)

 

 

x

 

x

CO320 Relational Communication

 

 

x

 

x

CO399 Independent Study in Communication

 

 

 

 

x

CO498 Directed Research in Communication

 

 

 

 

x

EC101 Introduction to Macroeconomics

x

 

 

 

x

EC201 Introduction to Microeconomics

 

 

x

 

x

EC399 Independent Study

 

 

 

 

x

EC498 Directed Research in Economics

 

 

 

 

x

PO101 Introduction to Political Science and the American Government

x

 

 

 

x

PS101 Introduction to Psychology

x

 

 

 

x

PS200 Psychology of Human Development

 

 

x

 

x

PS201 Adolescent Psychology

 

 

x

 

x

PS204 Intelligence, Creativity, and Problem Solving

 

 

x

 

x

PS300 Tests and Measurements

 

 

x

 

x

PS301 Social Psychology

 

 

x

 

x

PS302 Sensation and Perception

 

 

x

 

x

PS305 Learning Theory and Behavior

 

 

x

 

x

PS309 Personality Theory

 

 

x

 

x

PS310 Biological Psychology

 

 

x

 

x

PS318 Health Psychology

 

 

x

 

x

PS327 Behavior Modification

 

 

x

 

x

PS329 Cognitive Psychology

 

 

x

 

x

PS340 Special Topics in Psychology

 

 

x

 

x

PS347 Abnormal Psychology

 

 

x

 

x

PS350 Introduction to Group Dynamics

 

 

x

 

x

PS399 Independent Study in Health Psychology

 

 

 

 

x

PS401 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

 

 

x

 

x

PS402 Counseling and Consultation Skills

 

 

x

 

x

PS412 Psychopharmacology

 

 

x

 

x

PS428 Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

 

 

x

 

x

SO101 Introduction to Sociology

x

 

 

 

x

SO205 Social Problems

 

 

x

 

x

SO206 Chemical Dependency

 

 

x

 

x

SO207 Crime, Drugs, and Policy

 

 

x

 

x

SO303 Women in World Perspective

 

 

x

x

x

SO304 Crime and Society

 

 

x

 

x

SO305 Sociology of Music

 

 

x

 

x

SO306 Marriage, Family, and Human Sexuality

 

 

x

 

x

SO310 Sociology of Work and Professions

 

 

x

 

x

SO313 Sociology of Religion

 

 

x

 

x

SO315 Complex Organizations and Theory

 

 

x

 

x

SO321 Health Care Administration

 

 

x

 

x

SO322 Sociology of Health

 

 

x

 

x

SO324 Power and Health Care

 

 

x

 

x

SO325 Social Ecology

 

 

x

 

x

SO330 World Cultures and the USA

 

 

x

x

x

SO332 Twentieth-Century African-American Thinkers

 

 

x

 

x

SO340 Special Topics in Sociology

 

 

x

 

x

SO342 Special Problems in Sociology

 

 

 

 

x

SO344 Drugs, Society, and Behavior

 

 

x

x

x

SO346 Social Gerontology

 

 

x

x

x

SO347 Death and Dying

 

 

x

x

x

SO348 AIDS and Society

 

 

x

 

x

SO399 Independent Study

 

 

 

 

x

SO431 Human Resources Management

 

 

x

 

x

SO498 Directed Research in Sociology

 

 

 

 

x

SS203 Leadership Development

 

 

 

 

x

SS221 Social Sciences Research Methods and Statistics I

 

 

x

 

x

SS222 Social Sciences Research Methods and Statistics II

 

 

x

 

x

SS300 Social Epidemiology

 

 

x

 

x

SS305 Intercultural Health Communication

 

 

x

x

x

SS320 Organizational Theory and Behavior

 

 

x

 

x

SS321 International Health Communication

 

 

x

x

x

Biology Courses

BS100 Concepts in Biology

x

 

 

 

 

BS103 General Biology I

x

 

 

 

 

BS104 General Biology II

x

 

 

 

 

BS130 Introductory Biology I

x

 

 

 

 

BS131 Introductory Biology II

x

 

 

 

 

All Other Biology Courses

 

 

 

 

x

Biomedical Writing Courses

All biomedical writing courses at the 300 or 400 level may be used as electives (provided the prerequisites are satisfied)

Chemistry Courses

CH101 General Chemistry I

x

 

 

 

 

CH102 General Chemistry II

x

 

 

 

 

CH103 General Chemistry Laboratory I

x

 

 

 

 

CH104 General Chemistry Laboratory II

x

 

 

 

 

CH109 Survey of Chemistry

x

 

 

 

 

CH111 Principles of Chemistry I

x

 

 

 

 

CH112 Principles of Chemistry II

x

 

 

 

 

CH113 Principles of Chemistry Lab I

x

 

 

 

 

CH114 Principles of Chemistry Lab II

x

 

 

 

 

All Other Chemistry Courses

 

 

 

 

x

Health Science Courses

HS210 Health and Social Participation

 

 

 

 

x

HS205 Health Care and Health Professionals

 

 

 

 

x

HS310 Human Learning

 

 

 

 

x

HS415 Falls in the Elderly

 

 

 

 

x

Math, Physics, Computer, and Statistics Courses

CS110 Introduction to Computer Applications: Word Processing

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CS111 Introduction to Computer Applications: Spreadsheets

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MA101 Mathematical Analysis I

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MA102 Mathematical Analysis II

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PY200 Survey of Physics

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PY201 Introductory Physics I

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PY202 Introductory Physics II

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PY211 Physics I

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PY212 Physics II

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PY335 Views of the Cosmos (cross-listed as HU335)

 

 

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All Other Math, Physics, Computer, and Statistics Courses

 

 

 

 

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Physical Education Courses

PE101 Physical Education I

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PE102 Physical Education II

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Transfer Credit

Recognizing that students often study at more than one college, transfer credit may be awarded for courses completed at another accredited institution. Credit may be granted for courses taken prior to matriculation at the University. After matriculation, entry level doctor of pharmacy students must take all first and second year required courses at USP. Upon progression into their first professional year, doctor of pharmacy students may take elective courses at other institutions and transfer in credit with the prior approval of their department chair. The course must be comparable in content and depth to a course offered at the University. All College of Pharmacy professional courses (courses with prefixes PA, PC, PH, and PP) must be taken at USP. Students in other programs may take courses at other institutions and transfer in credit with the prior approval of their department chair. The course must be comparable in content and depth to a course offered at the University.

Transfer credit will only be awarded for a course in which a grade of “C” or greater has been achieved and after submission of an official transcript.

Transfer credits awarded will be entered on the student’s record and transcript with the source and number of credits granted. The GPA will reflect only courses completed at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Enrolling in Courses

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Registration Dates

Registration is conducted for all students (with the exception of those entering their first semester at the University) twice during each academic year: during the month of April for the summer sessions and fall semester and during the month of November for the spring semester. The April and November registration dates are listed each year in the Academic Calendar. The most updated version of the schedule of classes is available on the Web during registration periods at http://www.usip.edu/registrar. First- and second-year students are required to obtain the signature of their advisor on the registration forms prior to submission.

Administrative Holds

A student may be kept from registering for classes, dropping or adding courses, attending classes, receiving grades, or graduating if the student has not complied with any University requirement.

Administrative holds include conduct, health, library, Registrar’s, Dean’s and financial holds. If left unresolved, a hold will result in administrative withdrawal.

Students may be informed of an administrative hold by the appropriate administrative unit. The dean of the student’s college will maintain a record of administrative holds and their resolution by the return to good standing or administrative withdrawal.

Dropping/Adding Courses

Students may drop and/or add courses only during the period designated for that purpose as listed in the academic calendar.

Drop/Add forms, available in the Registrar’s Office, must be completed by the student and returned to the Registrar’s Office within the designated drop/add period. First- and second-year students are required to obtain the signature of their advisor on Drop/Add forms; other students are encouraged to consult their advisor regarding course deletions and/or additions. All changes will be made on a space-available basis.

Note: A change in lecture, laboratory, or recitation section in a course for which the student is officially registered may be transacted at the student’s request by the Registrar. Permission from the instructor may be necessary for section changes in some courses. This transaction must occur during the drop/add period.

Course Withdrawal

Students are permitted to withdraw officially from a course after the drop/add period but before completion of the sixth week of the semester. To withdraw officially from a course, the student must submit to the Registrar’s Office a completed Request for Course Withdrawal form that includes the signatures of the course instructor and the department chair or program director. First- and second-year students are required to obtain the signature of their advisor on withdrawal forms. The student must discuss the withdrawal with the course instructor, advisor, and department chair or program director. (Third-year and above students do not require an advisor’s signature, but they are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor regarding course deletions and/or additions.) The designation “W” (for withdrew; no point value; not included in calculation of the GPA) will be assigned after completion of the official withdrawal from a course. Except in special circumstances as determined in consultation with the program director or college dean, a student may not withdraw officially after the sixth week of a semester.

A student who fails to complete the Request for Course Withdrawal form and either discontinues attendance or exceeds the number of absences permitted in a course is not officially withdrawn from the course. Such students may, at the discretion of the instructor, receive a final grade of “F” for the course.

A student who withdraws officially from a course and subsequently registers for the same course a second time will not be permitted to withdraw from that course after the drop/add period except in special circumstances as determined in consultation with the department chair, program director, or college dean.

Audit

A student may audit a course with the written permission of the appropriate college dean. Students who audit a course do not take examinations and do not receive a grade for the course. The audit symbol “AU” is entered for the registered course on the student’s record. Students cannot convert from audit to credit status, or the reverse, after the designated drop/add period. The audited course may be subject to additional charges based on the student’s total credit load.

Pass/Fail Option

An instructor may designate an elective course as being available as a pass/fail elective for some or all students taking the course. Some required courses such as a professional orientation course or clinical experience course, may also be designated pass/fail for all students. A student who wishes to take, on a pass/fail basis, a course that has been designated as a “pass/fail election” must make all necessary arrangements with the instructor and submit a Pass/Fail Election form to the Registrar’s Office prior to the end of the drop/add period. After the drop/add period, the election is irrevocable. A student may make only one pass/fail election per semester.

All pass/fail courses will appear on a student’s transcript; for those pass/fail courses a student passes, credits will count toward the minimum number of semester hours required for a degree.

Final grades for courses taken as pass/fail are either “P” (pass) or “F” (failure). The grade of “P” has no assigned quality point value and, therefore, is not included in the calculation of the GPA. The grade “F” carries a point value of zero (0) and is included in the calculation of the GPA. Agrade of “F” for a pass/fail course or election is taken into account with respect to the provisions of academic probation and other academic policies.

Repetition of a Course

Students may register for a course taken previously, provided all course eligibility criteria and prerequisites are satisfied. The grades for both the original and all repeated course(s) will appear on the student’s transcript and be counted in the grade point average. Credit toward graduation requirements will be counted only once for the repeated courses. When a course is failed at this University but successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better at another accredited institution, credit may be granted. However, the repeated off campus course grade is not computed in the USP GPA and does not appear on the USP transcript. The original grade remains on the USP transcript.

Grade Replacement

Students eligible for grade replacement are those whose course load, at the time the course was originally taken, consisted of 50 percent or more of the credits required in the first-year curriculum of their program major. Courses eligible for grade replacement must be repeated (completed) within twelve months of the end of the semester in which the original course was taken. This time frame is suspended for those students on approved leave of absence. The courses eligible for grade replacement must be repeated (completed) before progressing to any other course for which the repeated course is a prerequisite. For example, a student cannot grade replace MA101 while enrolled in or having completed MA102. A maximum of two course grades may be replaced. An approved Repeat Course form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day of the drop/add period for the term in which the course is being repeated. If the above criteria are not satisfied, the Course Repetition policy will be applied. When a course is repeated for grade replacement at this University, each course will appear on the transcript and academic record. The data will appear such that one will be able to distinguish a replaced grade from the original. The higher of the two course grades will be used in calculating the grade point average. Credit toward graduation requirements will be counted only once.

Taking and Completing Courses

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Attendance Regulations

There are certain kinds of information and certain intangible values gained by attendance in classes that are not capable of being measured by examinations and which a student will lack as a result of excessive absence.
Accordingly, attendance in all classes is strongly encouraged.

  • Attendance is required in laboratory classes
  • Attendance may be required in non-laboratory classes at the discretion of the instructor
  • Requirement for attendance or lack thereof is determined by course instructors and will be included in the course syllabus
  • Attendance is required in all clinical rotation

Absence from Laboratory Classes

Students are required to make up all laboratory classes from which they have been absent, regardless of the reasons for such absence. The laboratory classes will be made up at a time designated by the instructor, and the student must pay a $25.00 fee to the cashier’s office for each such laboratory makeup. Prior to allowing the makeup laboratory, the instructor will require a cashier’s receipt from the student as evidence of payment of this fee. Students who do not makeup laboratory classes they have missed will receive a grade of “Incomplete.” Failure to remedy the Incomplete within 42 days will result in the grade of “F.” (See Incomplete Policy below)

Absence from Examinations

Each instructor must include his/her makeup examination policy in his/her course syllabus. It is the discretion of the instructor to decide which makeup reasons are valid. Each instructor may schedule his/her own makeup exams or take advantage of the makeup exam day scheduled by the Registrar at the end of each semester.

Absence Due to Athletic Contests

The University maintains that students have the responsibility to attend classes regularly so as not to jeopardize their understanding of the material. The University also recognizes that athletes who compete in varsity sports on behalf of the institution provide recognition and value to the University community. In order for athletes to meet the requirements for contractually obligated athletic contests with other institutions, under NCAA Division II standards, they are afforded class release time. To obtain release time, athletes must provide the course instructor with written notification prior to the competition date. The course instructor has the right to require documentation (eg, competition schedule, letter from the Athletic Director) before release time is granted.

It is the responsibility of the student to provide each course instructor with a schedule of competition dates and times at the beginning of each semester. Should contest dates be added once the schedule is printed, it is the responsibility of the student to provide an amended schedule to his/her course instructors as soon as the additional dates and times are available from the Department of Athletics and Recreation. Students are advised to interact with a course instructor in advance and determine a plan to meet the learning outcomes for the time the student is likely to miss. Should a contest conflict with an exam or other graded in-class activity, the student must interact with the course instructor to establish an alternative method and/or date for testing/grading.

The Athletic Director is available to answer questions and assist in the coordination and implementation of this policy.

Prolonged Absence from the University

When a student is absent for a prolonged period (three days or longer), the student is expected to notify his/her college dean as soon as possible and provide the reason for being absent. Notification is then forwarded to the applicable chair or program director, course instructors, academic advisor, and the Division of Student Affairs. Planned absences must be arranged with each course instructor.

Rules Governing Examinations

Rules governing the administration of examinations and examination policies are determined by course instructors and will be included in the course syllabus. Graded examinations and assignments will be available for student review for a minimum of two weeks after the grades are posted. The individual instructor may elect to provide a longer period of time for review of graded materials. However, as general policy, faculty members are not expected to retain graded materials for more than 45 days beyond the end of the semester.

Student Participation in Experiential Education

Students and the University must satisfy certain requirements imposed by training sites as a condition of student participation in experiential education. Additionally, prior to being permitted to begin or continue rotations at off campus training sites, students may be required to:

  • Provide a medical history including immunity to infectious diseases by documented history of infectious diseases (example measles, rubella, hepatitis B) or vaccination including titers for certain agents.
  • Have a negative PPD or chest x-ray if indicated
  • Complete a physical examination
  • Submit to a criminal background check with disclosure to site of any convictions consistent with their criteria
  • Submit to a drug screen with disclosure to site of any positive findings for drugs that are taken without medical supervision
  • Provide evidence of and maintain personal medical insurance coverage at all times while at off campus training sites
  • Provide First Aid, CPR and other clinical training certifications as required by site

Depending on the requirements of the affiliation agreement between the site and the University, the documentation requested may be coordinated by or at the training site or facilitated by the University using campus-based programs or by an external agency. In all cases, the student is ultimately responsible for assuring the requirements have been satisfied.

Grades

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Students in advanced degree programs leading to the Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees should refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for information on grading. Academic departments may also have additional handbooks containing information relevant to the discipline or the profession. Students should check with their academic departments.

Grading and Point System

The following grading system is used to indicate the quality of academic performance at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia:

A- to A+ Excellent
B- to B+ Good
C to C+ Fair or satisfactory
D- to C- Unsatisfactory, but passing
F     Failure

The quality point values assigned to these letter grades are:

A and A+

4.0 points

A- 3.7 points
B+ 3.3 points
B 3.0 points
B- 2.7 points
C+ 2.3 points
C 2.0 points
C- 1.7 points
D+ 1.3 points
D 1.0 points
D- 0.7 points
F 0.0 points

For courses taken on a “pass/fail” basis, the final course grade will be either “P” (for Pass, which has no point value and is not included in the calculation of a grade point average) or “F” (for Failure, which has a value of “0” but is included in the calculation of the grade point average).

Grade Point Average

A semester grade point average (GPA) is computed at the conclusion of each academic semester. Course grades are assigned “Quality Point Values.” Grades of “IF” and “F” (in a pass/fail course) are considered equivalent to a failing grade of “F” (0) and are included in the calculation of the GPA. Grades of “W,” “I,” “AU,” “IP,” “P,” “S,” “U,” “PRG,” “NC,” and “NG” are not included in the calculation of a GPA.

The following illustrates how a semester GPA is computed:

NOTE: For each course, the quality point value is multiplied by the number of course credits to obtain the course quality points.

Course Course Grade Quality Point Values   Course Credit Course Quality Points
PCP 001 C+ 2.3 x 5 = 11.5
PCP 002 B 3.0 x 3 = 9.0
CAS 003 W 0.0 x 1 = 0.0
CAS 004 B- 2.7 x 3 = 8.1
CHS 005 A 4.0 x 4 = 16.0
Total       16-1 (W) = 15 44.6

The semester GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of course quality points by the total number of course credits and rounding to two decimal points. In the example given above, the 1 credit for CAS 003 is not counted because of the “W” grade, therefore the calculation is 44.6/15 = 2.97. The cumulative GPA (the average of grades from two or more semesters) equals the sum of the course quality points of all grades received at the University divided by the total number of course credits for courses receiving quality points.

Incomplete Policy

Occasionally a student is unable to complete all the work for a course during the semester in which it is offered. Then a student may request an Incomplete grade. Whether or not a student is granted an Incomplete grade will be determined by the course instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to request an Incomplete from the course instructor. It is the faculty members’s preogative to approve or refuse the request.

Students not fulfilling course requirements at the completion of the semester may be assigned an “Incomplete” or “I”designation on their transcript. The instructor is required to replace this “Incomplete” designation with a final grade as soon as possible, but no later than 42 calendar days from the end of the semester or the end of the drop/add period of the next semester, whichever comes first. If the instructor has not entered a final grade within the prescribed limit, the Register will automatically enter a grade of “F” and inform the instructor and student. Extension beyond 42 calendar days may be granted by the course instructor in consultation with the student’s college dean in exceptional cases.

Students will sign an Incomplete contract for each course for which an extension is approved. The instructor will determine what the student must do (eg, take one or more examinations, perform laboratory work, turn in reports, turn in notebooks, perform library assignments) in order to meet contract requirements. Information regarding requirements to complete the course will be supplied to the student directly by the instructor. The student is responsible for completing the work in the time allotted.

When an Incomplete grade is converted to a letter grade, the GPA is recalculated retroactive to the end of the semester in which the course was originally taken. University/Program academic policies and procedures governing probations, dismissal, etc, apply to GPA changes resulting from conversions of Incomplete grades. For example, should a converted Incomplete result in a GPA warranting dismissal from the University/Program, the student’s dismissal would be effective retroactive to the end of the semester in which the course was originally taken.

It is the student’s responsibility to estimate and calculate the results of a converted Incomplete on the retroactive GPA. Should the dismissed student be registered for, and/or attending classes, taking exams, etc, in the semester or summer session subsequent to the semester in which the Incomplete was assigned, the courses for the subsequent session will be deleted form the student’s record. No academic credit will be granted for the courses; refunds will be made according to the tuition refund schedule.

Grade Change Policy

Course grade changes shall be permitted by an instructor currently employed by the University for up to six months after the end of the term in which the student was registered for the course. Changes in course grades originally assigned by an instructor who is no longer an employee of the University may be made by the Department Chair of the Department who has responsibility for teaching the course for up to six months after the end of the term in which the student was registered for the course. After six months, all grade changes must be approved by the instructor (if still employed by the University), and the Chair and Dean of the Department and College which offers the course.

Students requesting changes in course grades must present to the instructor (or to the Department Chair if the instructor is no longer employed by the university) a copy of the course syllabus or other documents describing how final grades are determined, copies of all available graded materials, and a record of all communications between the student and the instructor regarding the course grade.

Progress Toward the Degree

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Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid

Students attending the University must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Additionally, as requirement for eligibility for financial aid, a student must maintain academic progress. Academic progress is measured at the end of each academic year (or its equivalent).

A student maintains satisfactory academic progress if the student:

  • Completes the minimum number of credits each academic year; undergraduate students must complete at least 24 credits
  • Maintains the minimum GPA standard

If a student does not meet these academic progress requirements for financial aid, the student may petition the Director of Financial Aid for a waiver of academic progress if there are unusual circumstances relating to the student’s academic progress.

Academic Standards and Academic Progress

General Information

The minimum passing grade in all courses taken at the University is “D-.” At the conclusion of each semester of study, students are expected to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, unless a higher GPA is specified by their program. For the purposes of these academic regulations, “good academic standing” shall be defined as maintenance of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and not more than one failing grade (“F”) in the most recent semester, irrespective of cumulative GPA.

To progress into advanced or professional coursework, students must have completed and passed all required courses. Depending on curriculum, this may be first-, second-, or third-year courses. Students also must have achieved at least the minimum cumulative GPA required by their major.

All students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of the spring semester of their second year, unless a higher standard is specified by their program (see specific requirements below). The minimum cumulative GPA must be achieved by May 15 end of the spring semester) of the second year. Asecond-year student who has achieved the minimum cumulative GPA as of May 15 but who has not completed or has failed a required course must satisfactorily complete the required course by August 15 of the same year with the minimum cumulative GPA or above, in order to progress into the third year of a curriculum. Students in the entrylevel doctor of pharmacy program must complete all required first and second-year courses by the end of the spring semester of the second year.

The academic records of all second-year students are evaluated by the corresponding program director/department chairperson and the college dean responsible for their degree program. Those students who do not meet the criteria for progression into the third year (fourth year for Doctor of Physical Therapy students) of the curriculum will be referred to the appropriate faculty sub-council.

The faculty sub-council may:

  1. Drop the student from the University rolls; or
  2. Provide the student an opportunity to attain the required GPA within a maximum of two additional semesters while assigned a full course load, including reassignment to courses in which a minimum final grade of “C” was not achieved (subject to policy on “Repetition of a Course/Grade Replacement”).

Biological Sciences

Students in the baccalaureate degree program in biology, microbiology, or environmental science must achieve a grade of “C-” or better in courses at the 200 level and above to count these courses toward the minimum biology credits required in the degree program for graduation.

Physical Therapy

Pre-professional Curriculum-In the pre-professional curriculum all DPT physical therapy majors must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in Pass/Fail courses) in all courses required to meet the core curriculum and prerequisites of the physical therapy program. They must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 by the end of the fall semester of their last pre-professional year and maintain that cumulative GPA through the end of spring semester of their last preprofessional year.

Professional Curriculum: Graduating Classes of 2006-2007 (MPT)-Physical therapy students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in Pass/Fail courses) in all courses with the prefix “PT” in order to progress to any other course for which the completed course is a prerequisite in the professional phase of the program, unless otherwise indicated in the course syllabus.

Professional Curriculum: Graduating Class of 2009 and Beyond (DPT)-Physical therapy students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in Pass/Fail courses) in the first professional year of the program, and a minimum grade of “B-” in the second and third professional years in all courses with the prefix “PT” in order to progress to any other course for which the completed course is a prerequisite.

Physician Assistant

Physician assistant majors must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 by the end of the fall semester of their third year to apply for the professional phase of the program. See the physician assistant section in the College of Health Sciences section of the University Catalog for a complete list of criteria for progressing into the professional phase of the program.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy majors must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 by the end of the spring semester of their second year and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 throughout the remainder of the program.

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy

Students in the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program must successfully complete all three proficiencies before progressing to their clerkship rotations. The three proficiencies are:

  • Writing Proficiency Examination or equivalent; students admitted into the graduating classes of 2008 or beyond must complete the Writing Proficiency Exam prior to entering the third professional year
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid and Adult CPR courses
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations Proficiency Examination (must be accomplished in the final didactic semester)

Graduating Classes Prior to 2006 -Students admitted into the entrylevel Doctor of Pharmacy program, graduating classes of 2005, 2004, and 2003, must achieve a minimum grade of “C-” (“P” if taking pass/fail election) in all courses with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP in order to progress in the program. These students must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 throughout years three through six (the professional years) of the program.

Graduating Classes of 2006-2008-To progress in the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program, students admitted into the graduating Classes of 2006, 2007, and 2008 must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 by August 15 following the second year and maintain a minimum semester GPAof 2.30 in every semester of years three through six (the professional years).

Graduating Classes of 2009-2011-To progress into the third year (first professional year) of the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, students admitted into the graduating classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011 must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 by the end of the spring semester of the second year, successfully complete and pass all required first- and second-year courses by the end of the spring semester of the second year, and have taken all required courses at USP since matriculation. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be withdrawn from the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and above, who have not met all the requirements above may apply for re-admission into the third year (first professional year) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. During years three through six (the professional years), students who do not achieve a semester GPA of 2.30 or higher will be placed on program probation.

Academic Probation, Program Probation

The college deans will review the scholastic progress of all students at the end of each semester. Students who have not achieved the required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, or who have received a failing grade (“F”) in two or more courses in the most recent semester, will be placed on academic probation.

Entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy students are subject to program probation. Students admitted into the graduating class of 2006, 2007, and 2008 must leave the program if, during the professional years of the program, they exceed two consecutive or three nonconsecutive full-time semesters in which they do not meet the required minimum semester GPA. Students admitted into the graduating classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011 will be withdrawn from the program if, during the professional years (years 3-6), they exceed two full-time semesters in which they do not meet the required minimum semester GPA.

Students in other majors who do not achieve the course grades or cumulative GPA necessary to qualify for good academic standing may, at the option of the faculty, be granted a second consecutive semester of probation or a second or third nonconsecutive semester of probation in which to meet the required academic standards.

No student will be permitted more than two consecutive or three nonconsecutive semesters of academic probation.

Students on academic probation are expected to consult regularly with their advisors and program director and to utilize support services provided by the Division of Student Affairs.

Dean’s List

Following the close of each semester, the Dean’s List is posted, recognizing those full-time students who have achieved high scholastic distinction. Those students who prefer not to have their names posted should notify the office of the appropriate college dean. Those named to the Dean’s List must have completed and passed all assigned courses with no grade below “C” and attained a semester GPA of 3.40 or above.

Students on disciplinary censure or disciplinary probation are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

Writing Proficiency Examination

The University requires passing the Writing Proficiency Examination for graduation. The Writing Proficiency Examination will be administered on the second Thursday after spring break from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and will be administered to all students during their second year.

The Writing Proficiency Examination Committee will be responsible for determining the content of the Writing Proficiency Examination and for its administration and grading. The committee will act in accordance with the Guidelines for Content and Evaluation and with the advice and consent of the Dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, and the Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Students who do not pass the Writing Proficiency Examination may fulfill a contract with the Writing Center that will enable them to take the writing proficiency equivalency exam, or they may elect to take EN095 during the summer or the fall; the final examination in the EN095 course will be equivalent to the Writing Proficiency Examination.

Ultimately, all students must pass the Writing Proficiency Examination in order to graduate. Doctor of pharmacy students admitted into graduating Classes of 2008 and beyond must complete this requirement to progress to the third professional year.

For more information, visit http://www.usip.edu/writing/wpx.shtml.

Requirements for Graduation

To fulfill its obligation to the precepts of higher education, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia has established standards of achievement that must be met before any student is recommended for graduation by the faculty. Every person upon whom a degree shall be conferred must be of good moral character, must have successfully completed the assigned curriculum, must have paid all University financial obligations, and must have met the specific graduation requirements pertaining to the degree to be conferred.

A student must complete all graduation requirements by:

  • The end of the fall, spring, or summer term, or
  • The 1st day of the month of July or November

Any student not meeting these deadlines will be delayed until the next graduation date.

To qualify for an earned degree, students must:

  • Fulfill all of the requirements of the respective curriculum, including achieving at least the minimum academic requirements and passing all proficiencies required by the University and the major;
  • Be in good standing (ie, not on academic, program,or disciplinary probation at the conclusion of the final semester of enrollment)
  • Satisfy all outstanding financial obligations to the University
  • File a Petition for Graduation at the start of the final semester of matriculation; to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony, the Petition for Graduation with appropriate fees must be submitted by the end of the drop-add period of the spring semester
  • Complete an official check-out of all laboratories and return or replace all laboratory equipment and all materials borrowed from the University library
  • Complete an exit interview with the Financial Aid Office (applies only to students awarded Health Professions Loans,Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, HEAL Loans, and Institutional Loans)
  • Participate in Commencement Rehearsal and the Commencement Ceremony unless excused by their college dean

Only those students who have fulfilled all requirements for graduation by the end of the spring semester (last day of final exams) will be permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Graduation Honors

Students who have achieved outstanding academic records at the University may be graduated with one of the following honors. The honors designations listed below are based on total quality points and credits earned and on the student’s attaining the following minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA):

Cum Laude-GPA of 3.40
Magna Cum Laude-GPA of 3.60
Summa Cum Laude-GPA of 3.80

Once awarded, these graduation honors become a permanent part of the student’s record.

Transcripts

Student transcripts are maintained by the Registrar’s Office and are covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended. Students may request that an official copy of their transcript be sent to a third party (e.g., another college/university or an employer); an unofficial copy may be requested for the student’s personal use. An official transcript carries an authorized signature as well as the seal of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

All requests for transcripts must be made in writing and signed by the student. There is a charge for each official transcript ($6.00 as of 2004), which is subject to change. Unofficial transcripts are free to students. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia does not release transcripts unless tuition, fees, and other obligations due the University have been satisfied.

Separation from the University

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and its faculty reserve the right to dismiss at any time any student who is deemed undesirable, either on the grounds of conduct or of academic standing, and in this matter the faculty shall be the sole judge.

Dropped From the Rolls

A student who has not attained good academic standing after completion of two consecutive or three nonconsecutive probationary semesters will be dropped from the rolls.

A student who fails any course twice will be dropped from the rolls. This regulation applies whether the course is taken in regular sessions or in summer school, at this University or at another institution.

A student who is dropped from the rolls is not eligible to attend any courses at this University.

A student who does not meet the criteria for progression into the third or professional year of the curriculum may be subject to being dropped from the rolls (refer to section on Academic Progress).

The college dean responsible for the student’s major will officially notify the student of this action and notify pertinent University
offices of the change in status.

Leave of Absence

A student may apply to the college dean responsible for his/her degree program for a leave of absence. If the leave of absence is granted, the college dean will notify the student and pertinent University offices. Grounds for requesting a leave of absence may include serious family or medical conditions or other major life circumstances that may disrupt academic achievement. An authorized leave permits the student to return to the University at the designated time without the necessity of formal reapplication and admissions processing. The terms of the leave will be specified by the dean.

If a leave is granted, the student must report to the office of his/her college dean by the return date specified on the Leave of Absence form. The dean will then notify the pertinent University offices that the student has been placed on active status.

If the student does not return by the return date specified on the Leave of Absence form, the student will be considered to have withdrawn from the University. The college dean will notify the student and the pertinent University offices of the change of status to withdrawn. Withdrawn status will become effective on the return date specified on the Leave of Absence form.

Advised to Withdraw

A student may be advised to withdraw either on the grounds of conduct or academic standing.

Voluntary Withdrawals from the University

An official withdrawal from the University must be authorized by the college dean responsible for the student’s degree program. In order to obtain an official withdrawal, the student must first have an interview with the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. The student must then submit to his/her dean a letter requesting withdrawal from the University. If approved, a “W” grade will be assigned for all courses in which the student is currently registered, unless the student withdraws after the conclusion of a term. The instructor for each course will be notified by the college dean of the student’s withdrawal and will have 10 working days from receipt of notice to reassign a course grade of “F” if appropriate. The official withdrawal date shall be determined by the date the letter of withdrawal is received by the college dean. The student will be considered to be in continuous attendance up to and including the date of receipt of the letter of withdrawal by the college dean. Ceasing to attend, or giving notice to an instructor, does not constitute an official withdrawal. The college dean will notify the student and the pertinent University offices of the withdrawal.

Administrative Withdrawal

A student may be withdrawn from the University for major violations of University policy. Typical reasons for an administrative withdrawal include noncompliance with University policy (eg, nonpayment of debt or exceeding program time limits). An administrative unit initiates the administrative withdrawal action, but authority to withdraw a student for administrative reasons rests with the dean of the student’s college. The student will be informed in writing by the dean of the action to withdraw and the criteria for readmission.

Readmission to the University

There is no guarantee of readmission following a separation from the University. The faculty reserves the right to readmit a student, and in this matter the faculty shall be the sole judge.

Students who voluntarily withdrew or were dropped from the rolls of the University may file an application for consideration of readmission with the dean of the college in which they seek to reenroll. To be considered for readmission, applications must be submitted by the following dates: not later than April 15 for the fall semester, not later than October 15 for the spring semester, and not later than February 15 for the summer session for those programs that accept summer admission. Application for readmission to the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy baccalaureate degree programs must be received by April 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester.

Students who were dropped from the rolls will not be granted readmission for at least one calendar year from the date of separation from the University. The application for readmission must provide evidence of the student’s ability to complete his/her degree program. The application must be accompanied by any official transcripts of all course(s) taken at other accredited colleges or universities during the period of separation from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Fresh Start Readmission

A student may apply for readmission under the Fresh Start policy under the following circumstances: 1) the student has left the University after failing to achieve good academic standing, and 2) the student will have been absent from the University for at least one year between the date of withdrawal and the start date of the semester for which readmission is sought.

If a student is readmitted under the Fresh Start policy, his/her transcript will note all courses taken and grades earned at USP prior to readmission. However, grades previously earned will not contribute to the current GPA calculations and courses previously taken will not be accepted toward fulfillment of the student’s current degree requirements.

Acceptance of transfer credits from other institutions will be granted in accordance with current University policy.

After Fresh Start readmission, the student must comply with all current academic regulations required by the University and his/her degree program. No student will be readmitted under this policy more than one time. Once a student is reenrolled under the Fresh Start policy, the decision to treat the academic record as described above is irrevocable.

Students will be informed of the Fresh Start policy upon exiting the University and upon application for readmission in accordance with current University policy.

The final decision regarding readmission, including readmission under this Fresh Start policy, rests with the University’s faculty. The possible effect of the Fresh Start policy will be only one of the factors used in considering application for readmission.

Refunds

A student who leaves the University without obtaining Withdrawn status and without completing the semester, or who is dismissed from the University for disciplinary reasons or scholastic deficiency is not entitled to any refund.

Refunds to students who officially withdraw from the University will be made according to the schedule that follows. Regardless of the reason for vacating, refunds will not be made for unused dormitory room fees, except for official withdrawal from the University. Such refunds will be consistent with the following tuition refund schedule. Pro rata refunds, less processing fees, will be made for meal plan fees, based on expected patterns of usage. Standard declining balance plan account and all-campus account balances are maintained from semester to semester and from year to year. When a student leaves the University for any reason, a credit to the student’s tuition account will be granted less a $25.00 service fee for standard declining balance plan accounts and a $5.00 service fee for all-campus accounts.

The student services/activity fee and other incidental fees are only refundable before the first day of the semester. If withdrawal is authorized by the University, a tuition refund will be made in accordance with the following schedule. The official University opening of classes and not the first day in actual attendance governs the refund computation. Courses scheduled outside the standard term calendar will be governed by policies devised for their respective programs.

Segment of Semester Refund
Before first day of class 100%
To end of first week 90%
To end of second week 80%
To end of third week 50%
To end of fourth week 25%
Beyond fourth week No Refund

Under the University’s refund policy, where educational expenses of a student were satisfied in whole or in part by Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs other than the Federal Work-Study Program, a portion of the refund will be returned to the Title IV programs according to current U.S. Department of Education regulations governing refunds. Under the regulations, first priority is given to the return of funds to Title IV programs in the following order: Federal Stafford Student Loan, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal SEOG Program, and other Title IV programs. Refunding to the following financial aid programs will be in accordance with each program’s official policy: Federal Health Professions Student Loans, institutional loans, institutional scholarships and/or grants, state grants, and private scholarships. Any remaining funds will be returned to the student. Students should be aware that the regulations might prevent the refund of any personal funds used for payment of tuition and fees. In instances where a student has received a cash payment prior to the official notification of his/her withdrawal, the student may be required to return such payment to the University.