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B.S. in Astronautical Engineering

 

The Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering prepares students for engineering careers in the space sector of the aerospace industry; for research and development in industry and government centers and laboratories; and for graduate study. The program provides a core in the fundamentals of aerospace engineering; specialized work in astronautics and space technology; and technical electives to broaden and/or deepen the course work.

 

Accreditation Status

Effective October 1, 2012, the B.S. in ASTE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates will:

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

A graduate of the B.S. program should have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
 
Program Enrollment Data
USC Viterbi School of Engineering ABET Accredited Bachelor of Science in: Total Number of Students Graduating from this Program in Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015: Program Total Enrollment (All Continuing Undergraduates) in Fall 2015:
Astronautical Engineering 23 44

 

 
Degree Requirements

 

The general requirements for B.S. degrees in Engineering are given in the appropriate section of the USC Catalogue.

This major requires completion of the following course of study. Each course is listed in the semester in which it is typically taken. The student may choose a different schedule than that shown, as long as any prerequisites for each course are met. Note also that many engineering courses are offered only once per academic year, so care must be taken when altering the schedule.

First Year, Ist semester

 

UNITS

ASTE 101L

Introduction to Astronautics

4

ENGR 102 Freshman Academy 2

CHEM 105aL

General Chemistry, or

 

CHEM 115aL

Advanced General Chemistry, or

 

MASC 110L

Materials Science

4

MATH 125

Calculus I

4

General Education

Social Issues

4

 

 

_____

 

 

18


   
First Year, 2nd semester  

UNITS

ITP 168X Introduction to MATLAB

2

MATH 126 Calculus II

4

PHYS 151L* Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics

4

WRIT 130 Analytical Writing

4

   

_____

   

14

     
Second Year, Ist semester  

UNITS

AME 201 Statics

3

MATH 226 Calculus III

4

PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

4

General Education  

4

   

_____

   

15

     
Second Year, 2nd semester  

UNITS

ASTE 280 Foundations of Astronautics

3

AME 204 Strength of Materials

3

MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I

4

PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics

4

General Education  

4

   

_____

   

18

     
Third Year, Ist semester  

UNITS

ASTE 301a Thermal and Statistical Systems

3

ASTE 330 Introduction to Spacecraft Systems and the Space Environment

3

AME 301 Dynamics

3

AME 341aL Mechoptronics Laboratory I

3

General Education  

4

   

_____

   

16

     
Third Year, 2nd semester  

UNITS

ASTE 301b Thermal and Statistical Systems

3

AME 302 Dynamic Systems 3
AME 308 Computer-Aided Analysis for Aero-Mechanical Design

3

AME 341bL Mechoptronics Laboratory II

3

WRIT 340 Advanced Writing

4

   

_____

   

16

     
Fourth Year, Ist semester  

UNITS

ASTE 470 Spacecraft Propulsion

3

AME 404 Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems 3
AME 441aL Senior Projects Laboratory

3

AME 451 Linear Control Systems I 3
General Education  

4

   

_____

   

16

     
Fourth Year, 2nd semester  

 UNITS

ASTE 421 Space Mission Design

3

ASTE 480 Spacecraft Dynamics

3

Elective Technical elective**

6

General Education  

4

    _____
   

16

     
Total units:  

129


*Satisfies general education Category III.

**Technical electives consist of (1) any upper division course in engineering except CE 404, CE 412 and ISE 440, or (2) an upper division course in chemistry, physics or mathematics and MATH 225. No more than three units of 490 course work can be used to satisfy the technical elective requirement.  No more than three units of ENGR 395 (co-op) can be used to satisfy the technical elective requirement.

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