The graduate certificate in Transportation Systems is an interdisciplinary program administered by the USC Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The certificate program allows students to specialize in transportation applications, while simultaneously receiving a degree in their home department. The certificate in transportation systems combines elements of transportation engineering with transportation policy, planning and project management. The program is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers as developers of transportation technologies, or as implementors of technologies within government agencies.
Students electing the certificate program apply to the USC Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Course prerequisites for the program are:
- one course in statistics or uncertainty, equivalent to ISE 225 or CE 408;
- one course in engineering economy, equivalent to ISE 460;
- one course in microeconomics, equivalent to ECON 203; and
- one course in a contemporary high level programming language.
These prerequisites may be satisfied after enrollment in the certificate program by taking the indicated courses or their equivalent. Graduate students cannot receive credit for courses numbered below 400. Detailed admissions requirements are published by the USC Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The courses taken for the certificate may be applied later to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, transportation option.
Qualified students holding a bachelor’s degree also have the option of enrolling in the certificate program without receiving a separate graduate degree.
The curriculum consists of five graduate courses for a total of at least 18 units.