Jun 13, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Astronautical Engineering

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

Olin Hall of Engineering
Room 500
(213) 821-5817
FAX: (213) 821-5819
Email: aste@usc.edu

Chair: Daniel A. Erwin, PhD*


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

Professor of Engineering Practice: Garrett Reisman, PhD

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

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

Research Professor: David Barnhart, ME

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

Emeritus Professors: George Friedman, PhD; 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