Jul 17, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Computer Engineering and Computer Science (BS)

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The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Computer Science provides students with the scientific and engineering skills and knowledge that enable them to design and implement computer systems that effectively and efficiently integrate developing hardware and software technologies. This degree is administered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) is required for all courses taken at USC as well as all upper-division courses applied toward the major, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken.

The requirement for the degree is 128 units.

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for each of the core courses CSCI 102L CSCI 103 , CSCI 170 , CSCI 104  and CSCI 201 .

Courses with a grade of C- or below must be repeated; courses may only be retaken once.

Departmental approval is required in order to retake a course.

Students who do not satisfy the degree requirement after repeating a class will be disqualified from the program.

Composition/Writing Requirements (7 Units)

General Education (24 Units)

Pre-Major Requirements (30 Units)


  • Technical electives: 8 units
  • Free electives: 1 unit


  • Technical electives: 12 units
  • Free electives: 5 units


Students may choose one adviser-approved course from the 300- and 400-level ITP offerings. Other courses may be applicable; please see an adviser for approval.

Total units: 128

*WRIT 340  Advanced Writing (Communication for Engineers) is strongly recommended for CECS majors.

**Satisfies GE requirement.

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