University of Southern California

Viterbi School of Engineering

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Degree Requirements

Educational Mission

The degree programs of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering provide the educational foundation for success in all walks of life whether or not one’s career path includes employment as a professional engineer, work in a field outside of engineering, or pursuit of further education.

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the undergraduate programs in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years after graduation:

  • Work as professionals within engineering or a related area in both small- and large-scale businesses;
  • Pursue further education through graduate school or professional development courses; and
  • Become leaders within their chosen profession whether it be industry, academia or service.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering prepares graduates to have a knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control. The program also prepares graduates to have design competence that includes integration of aeronautical topics.

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering requires students to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepares students to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.