University of Southern California

Viterbi School of Engineering

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Aerospace Engineering Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The requirement for this degree is 128-130 units. A cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) is required in all upper division courses applied toward the major, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken. See the common requirements for undergraduate degrees section.

composition/writing requirement Units
WRIT 150 Writing and Critical Reasoning – Thematic Approaches 4
WRIT 340 Advanced Writing 3

General Education units
General education+ 24

Pre-major requirements units
Math Requirement
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
MATH 126 Calculus II, or
MATH 127 Enhanced Calculus II 4
MATH 226 Calculus III, or
MATH 226 Enhanced Calculus III 4
MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 4

Physics Requirement
PHYS 151L* Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics, or
PHYS 161L Advanced Principles of Physics I 4
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, or
PHYS 162L Advanced Principles of Physics II 4
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics, or
PHYS 163L Advanced Principles of Physics III 4

Chemistry Elective
CHEM 105aL* General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115aL Advanced General Chemistry, or
MASC 110L Materials Science 4

Major requirements units
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Core
AME 105 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 4
AME 201 Statics 3
AME 204 Strength of Materials 3
AME 231L Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
AME 261 Basic Flight Mechanics 4
AME 301 Dynamics 3
AME 302 Dynamic Systems 3
AME 308 Computer-Aided Analysis for Aero-Mechanical Design 3
AME 309 Dynamics of Fluids 4
AME 310 Engineering Thermodynamics I 3
AME 341aLbL Mechoptronics Laboratory I and II 3-3
AME 436 Energy and Propulsion 3
AME 441aL Senior Projects Laboratory 3
AME 451 Linear Control Systems I 3

Astronautics
ASTE 280 Foundations of Astronautical Engineering 3

Information Technology Program
ITP 168x Introduction to MATLAB 2

TRACKS (Choose one)

Standard Track (13 units) units
AME 404 Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems 3
AME 481 Aircraft Design 4
Technical electives* 6

*Technical electives consist of (1) any upper division course in engineering, or (2) an upper division course in chemistry, physics or mathematics.

Aeronautics Track (13 units) units
AME 443 Control Systems Laboratory, or
AME 457 Engineering Fluid Dynamics 3
AME 459 Flight Mechanics 3
AME 460 Aerodynamic Theory 3
AME 481 Aircraft Design 4

Aerospace Structures Track (13 units) units
AME 353 Aerospace Structures I, or
CE 358 Theory of Structures I 3
AME 403 Stress Analysis, or
AME 420 Engineering Vibrations I 3
AME 408 Computer-Aided Design of Mechanical Systems, or
CE 458 Theory of Structures II 3
AME 481 Aircraft Design 4

Aerospace Controls Track (13 units) units
AME 443 Control Systems Laboratory 3
AME 453 Engineering Dynamics, or
AME 420 Engineering Vibrations I 3
AME 459 Flight Mechanics, or
ASTE 480 Spacecraft Dynamics 3
AME 481 Aircraft Design 4

Thermal Systems Track (13-14 units)* units
AME 312 Engineering Thermodynamics II, or
PHYS 316 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3-4
AME 331 Heat Transfer 3
AME 430 Thermal Systems Design 3
AME 481 Aircraft Design 4

*Students may complete PHYS 316 in place of AME 312, but the program will be 130 units.

Aerospace Design Track (12-13 units)* units
AME 459 Flight Mechanics, or
ASTE 480 Spacecraft Dynamics 3
Choose three from the following:
AME 408 Computer-Aided Design of Mechanical Systems 3
AME 430 Thermal Systems Design 3
AME 481 Aircraft Design 4
ASTE 421 Space Mission Design 3

*Students may complete AME 481 in place of ASTE 421, but the program will be 130 units.

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

In addition to the general requirements listed in this catalogue, the department has identified requirements in the following areas of specialization: aerodynamics/fluid dynamics; aerospace controls; aerospace design; aerospace structures; computational fluid dynamics; hypersonics/kinetics of gases and plasmas; propulsion; and space science. Core requirements and elective requirements are defined for each area of specialization. Information on the current approved courses that comprise these core and elective requirements is available from the department.

Master of Science, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics)

The program prepares students for professional careers in engineering companies that develop products using computational tools of fluid and solid mechanics. The program also provides the necessary background for pursuing higher degrees, Engineer and Ph.D., in aerospace and mechanical engineering with specializations in computational fluid mechanics, computational solid mechanics and computational heat transfer. The degree course work provides a necessary background in basic aerospace and mechanical engineering disciplines (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer), engineering mathematics and numerical methods. The advanced computational technical electives provide practical examples using existing numerical programs to simulate structures, heat transfer and fluid flows as well as commercial mathematical packages for analyzing data and simulations.

Admission requirements follow the general admission rules for aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate programs. The program requires completion of a minimum of 27 units and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for graduation. The program with thesis requires 28 units, four of which are thesis units.

Required core courses (21 units) Units
AME 404 Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems 3
AME 509 Applied Elasticity, or
CE 507 Mechanics of Solids I 3
AME 525 Engineering Analysis 3
AME 526 Engineering Analytical Methods 3
AME 530a Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids 3
AME 535a Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics 3
CE 529a Finite Element Analysis 3

Select a computational technical elective from the following list or another approved by a graduate adviser: 3 units.

Computational Technical Elective (3 units) units
AME 415 Turbine Design and Analysis 3
AME 535b Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics 3
ASTE 545 Computational Techniques in Rarefied Gas Dynamics 3
CE 529b Finite Element Analysis 3
CE 551 Computer-Aided Engineering Project 3
MASC 575 Basics of Atomistic Simulation of Materials 3
MASC 576 Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Materials and Processes 3
MATH 504ab Numerical Solution of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations 3

Select a technical elective from the following list or other electives approved by a graduate adviser: 3 units.

Technical electives (3 Units) Units
AME 511 Compressible Gas Dynamics 3
AME 516 Convection Processes 3
AME 590 Directed Research 1-12
AME 599 Special Topics 2-4, max 9
CE 541a Dynamics of Structures 3
CE 542 Theory of Plates 3

One core class requirement may be waived at the discretion of a graduate adviser if a student documents that he or she completed or is enrolled in an equivalent course. The waived class must be replaced by a technical elective. Credit for one course of not more than 4 units from another accredited institution may be approved by a graduate adviser. The Master’s Thesis (4 units) may be substituted for a technical elective class (3 units).

Master of Science in Product Development Engineering

See the listing under Product Development Engineering

Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering

See the listing under Systems Architecting and Engineering.

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Master of Science in Engineering Management

The department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in conjunction with the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Master of Science in Engineering Management. This program is designed for graduate aerospace engineers whose career objectives lead to increasing technical management responsibilities.

In addition to the general requirements of the Viterbi School of Engineering, the dual degree of Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Master of Science in Engineering Management is also subject to the following requirements:

  1. All applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering;
  2. A minimum of 48 units is required;
  3. A minimum of 18 units must be graduate-level course work in AME, approved by an AME graduate student adviser;
  4. A minimum of 18 units must be graduate level course work in ISE, approved by the ISE Engineering Management graduate student adviser and chosen from the course list under Master of Science in Engineering Management;
  5. A minimum additional 12 units of acceptable course work must be chosen with the consent of the ISE Engineering Management graduate student adviser to form a coherent program.

Engineer in Aerospace Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer in Aerospace Engineering are the same as the general requirements. Also, 3 to 6 of the units required for the degree must be AME 690. Prior approval must be obtained from the qualifying exam committee before registration in AME 690.

Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in aerospace engineering is also offered. See general requirements for graduate degrees.