B.S. Programs

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.

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.

For a complete list of required courses, please see the USC Catalogue for the B.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering.

B.S. Minor in Astronautical Engineering


This program is for USC students who wish to work in the space industry and government space research and development centers and who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science, mathematics or engineering with specialization other than in astronautical engineering.

The space industry employs a wide variety of engineers (electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil, etc.); scientists (physicists, astronomers, chemists); and mathematicians. These engineers participate in development of advanced space systems but they usually lack the understanding of basic fundamentals of astronautics and space systems. The minor in astronautical engineering will help overcome this deficiency and provide unique opportunities for USC engineering, science and mathematics students, by combining in their major field with the industry-specific minor in astronautical engineering.

Degree Requirements

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

Required coursework consists of a minimum of 18 units of course work. Including prerequisites, the minor requires 38 units. Three courses, or 9 units at the 400 levels will be counted towards the minor degree. The course work is a balanced program of study providing the basic scientific fundamentals and engineering disciplines critically important for contributing to development of complex systems.

For a complete list of required courses, please see the USC Catalogue for the B.S. minor in Astronautical Engineering.

Accreditation Status

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

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.
Program Enrollment Data

USC Viterbi School of Engineering ABET Accredited Bachelor of Science in: Astronautical Engineering

Total Number of Students Graduating from this Program in Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015: 23

Program Total Enrollment (All Continuing Undergraduates) in Fall 2015: 44

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