Nov 27, 2020  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021

Astronautical Engineering

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

Robert Glenn Rapp Engineering Research Building (RRB)
(213) 821-5817
FAX: (213) 821-5819

Chair: Daniel A. Erwin, PhD*


Professors: Daniel A. Erwin, PhD* (Aerospace Engineering); Mike Gruntman, PhD (Aerospace Engineering); Joseph Wang, PhD (Aerospace Engineering)

Professors of Engineering Practice: Azad Madni, PhD; Garrett Reisman, PhD

Adjunct Professors: Gerald Hintz, PhD; William Tobiska, PhD; James Wertz, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professors: Keith Goodfellow, PhD; Michael Kezirian, PhD; Ryan Park, PhD

Research Professor: David Barnhart, ME

Adjunct Research Associate Professors: Sergey Gimelshein, PhD; Anita Sengupta, PhD

Emeritus Professor: Joseph A. Kunc, PhD

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Aerospace Engineering Honor Society: Sigma Gamma Tau

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Astronautical Engineering has the following objectives:

Within a few years of graduation, graduates will:

  • Establish themselves as practicing professionals, or undertake advanced study, in astronautical engineering or a related field;
  • Demonstrate their ability to perform successfully as members of a team and function effectively as responsible professionals.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering prepares graduates to have knowledge of orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures and rocket propulsion. The program also prepares graduates to have design competence that includes integration of astronautical topics.

Engineer in Astronautical Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer degree in Astronautical Engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. See the general requirements  for Viterbi graduate degrees.

Credit for classes may be applied toward the MS, Engineer or PhD in Astronautical Engineering, should the student decide later to pursue an advanced degree. In order to be admitted to the MS program, the student should maintain a B average or higher in courses for the certificate and must satisfy all normal admission requirements. All courses for the certificate must be taken at USC. It is anticipated that other classes on emerging space technologies will be added to the list of the offered classes in the future.


Bachelor's Degree


Master's Degree

Graduate Certificate

Doctoral Degree


Astronautics and Space Technology