The minor in Connected Devices and Making teaches undergraduate students how to design, develop, and control electronic devices. With more and more connected devices gathering data both for industrial applications as well as to help inform consumer decisions, the opportunity for skills in this area has increased rapidly. The goal is to produce students that can interface with hardware, design and manufacture physical systems, as well as program the software for control and communication.
Devices are now becoming data collection tools that can act, inform, and interface with many different aspects of our world. Being at the forefront of this technology offers vast career opportunities from startups in wearables and home automation to corporations working on cutting-edge medical devices. Students will learn to work with electronics, sensors, microcontrollers, and communication technologies. Students will also produce custom printed circuit boards and implement design and manufacturing concepts to produce a physical prototype for testing and demonstration. Lastly, students will learn to integrate their design into existing infrastructures for connectivity and data acquisition.
Students should meet the regular USC admissions standards and have a declared USC major. Students will complete an application for the minor with the Viterbi School of Engineering. For specific information on admission and application procedures, contact the Information Technology Program at (213) 740-4542.
Students with a declared major in Electrical Engineering are not eligible for this minor.