Undergraduate Student Resources
Academic advisors are here to help students plan their academic and career goals. They will provide students with information about degree requirements, refer students to campus resources, and clarify questions about academic policies or procedures.
Students will meet with an academic advisor each semester prior to registering for classes to discuss their course plan and schedule. Advisement is required each semester for all Viterbi undergraduate students to review their course plans and lift their mandatory advisement hold.
All BS ASTE students meet with ASTE undergraduate advisor- Prisila.
Prisila Cisneros Vasquez
Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Hours and time available during Summer 22- Monday, Tuesday & Thursday on campus for IN PERSON advising appointments, Wednesday & Friday zoom appointments only.
Can reach via phone or email Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm.
Instructions for Directed Research
ASTE 490 is directed research for undergraduate students. Enrollment in 3 units is typical and you will earn a letter grade. This will count for either ASTE Core or Technical Elective credit. If you have any questions regarding the directed research process, please contact ASTE Undergraduate Advisor at email@example.com
If you wish to enroll in directed research, you will need to first set up a meeting with an ASTE professor to discuss this option and commit to a topic and research plan.
Once you have gotten the preliminary approval from your professor, do the following:
- Log on to http://myviterbi.usc.edu.
- On the main page of My Viterbi, under Student Resources, select the Directed Research link.
- Click ASTE and on the next page you will need to select a Term, Class (ASTE 490), Units (3), and Faculty. You will also need to include a Project Description of about 3-4 sentences. If a professor you wish to work with is not listed on the dropdown faculty menu, please email ASTE Undergraduate Advisors (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- An automatic email will be sent to the professor alerting him or her of your request. They will log in to My Viterbi to either approve or deny your request.
- You will receive a confirmation email that your request has either been approved or denied. If approved, you can either print out the confirmation email and bring it to RRB 101 or forward the email to ASTE Undergraduate Advisors at email@example.com for processing.
- Once your D-Clearance is processed, you will need to log on to Web Registration to enroll in the course.
Note that ASTE 490 must be taken for a letter grade and cannot be taken P/NP.
The Viterbi School/ASTE department- SERC ,RPL and LPL provides students the opportunity to get technical experience and work alongside top faculty on cutting-edge research projects. For more info on SERC, RPL and LPL visit their website.
Link- SERC https://www.isi.edu/centers-serc/
Receive course credit for your supervised work experience in a professional environment related to specific degree program, academic level, and career objective, through ENGR 395 (Internship or Co-Op). Earn 1-2 units of technical elective credit by taking ENGR 395.
- 1-unit earned in Summer
- 2-units earned in Fall or Spring semesters
- Graded Credit/No Credit
- Required course for International students in order to be eligible for CPT
- No class meetings. Successful completion of the course involves submitting materials from your co-op/internship supervisor and writing a 10-page technical report.
- Must be co-op/internship for the current semester. Not valid retroactively.
- You should have completed at least 3 semesters of engineering curriculum and have at least a 2.6 grade point average.
- Your work experience in the co-op/internship MUST be directly related to your respective major.
- You must work at least 15-20 hours per week during the fall/spring semesters. During the summer, you must work at least 30-40 hours.
ASTE Progressive Degree Program (PDP)- The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) gives continuing USC undergraduates another path to earning a Master’s degree from USC. The main advantages to a Progressive Degree are: 1) the option to start graduate-level classes during the senior year, and 2) a reduction in units required for the Master’s Degree. If you pursue a master’s degree from the ASTE Department, you will only have to complete 6 classes instead of 9. Before applying to PDP, meet with your assigned academic advisor to discuss eligibility. Eligibility requirements for PDP can be found on Viterbi's PDP Website.
Declaring Leave of Absence Undergraduate students who find it necessary to take time away from their studies may request to take a Leave of Absence with the academic advisor of their major. The Leave of Absence process eases the transition for students, both at the time they take a leave of absence and upon their eventual return to the university. Students may elect to take a leave of absence for a variety of reasons:
- Medical emergencies
- Family crises or other personal situations
- Financial issues
- Academic difficulties
- Religious missions
- Military service
Typically, a leave of absence is for one semester or one academic year. A leave of absence may be extended by contacting an academic advisor. Declaring a Leave of Absence communicates to the University that the student is unable to enroll at USC for the current or upcoming term, but plans to continue his/her studies at USC in a future term. Declaring a Leave of Absence also ensures that the student’s program of study and access to services remain active. It is expected that students will not enroll in courses elsewhere during a leave of absence. Students who intend to return to USC should review the Leave of Absence Handbook and complete the Undergraduate Leave of Absence Form, included in the last page of the Handbook. Filing a leave of absence for undergraduates is primarily a declaration process – that is, there is not an approval or denial given. Undergraduate students simply inform the University and all necessary departments regarding their intended leave.
Guidelines for Withdrawal Students who will not return to USC should follow the university's Guidelines for Withdrawal.
Returning from a Leave of Absence If you are returning from a Leave of Absence, contact your advisor directly so they can help you make a smooth transition back to USC. View the Leave of Absence Handbook for more information.
- Check your student account on OASIS, under Restrictions, to see if there are any holds on your account that require action prior to registering for classes – https://my.usc.edu/
- Contact the Financial Aid Office to be sure that any loans and scholarships are reactivated. You may need to contact your private lenders as well.
Tutoring Resources: VARC, Supplemental Instruction, Math Center, Kortschak Center
VLP: Viterbi Learning Program
The mission of the Viterbi Learning Program (formerly VARC) is to enrich the Viterbi educational experience by supporting undergraduate students through peer mentoring, tutoring, academic skills workshops, and group study sessions, helping students learn better study habits and thrive in their classes.
Viterbi undergraduates who make VLP services part of their regular studying will be able to:
- Show improvement in understanding their course material.
- Apply course concepts to different types of problems.
- Develop positive study habits and skills for lifelong learning.
- Be a more active student and engage in the Viterbi community.
We look forward to seeing you in VARC soon! Register today & begin scheduling your free peer tutoring appointments! Appointments can be made through myviterbi.usc.edu. See registration steps on their website.
If you have any questions about our services, please contact us at (213) 740-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program designed to improve the student's academic success and increase retention. The SI program targets traditionally difficult courses and provides regularly scheduled, peer-led study sessions. These sessions are available to all students enrolled in the class at no cost. This program is brought to you by the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
- Work in small, collaborative groups with your classmates.
- Review lecture material, course reading, and homework.
- Go over exam strategies with SI leaders who know the course and professors.
- Attend as often as you like.
- It is totally free!
The Math Center is located in KAP 263. (Kaprielian (KAP) is the building on Vermont that is next to gate #6 and across the street from parking structure A.) It is a suite of rooms where you can get together with friends to study, use the computers, and get help with your math classes. Math graduate students, faculty, and assistants are available to help you.
All USC students are welcome to use the Math Center as a study room and a place to get help with mathematics, but when there is competition for resources priority will be given to undergraduates enrolled in a math course.
It is run informally and is designed for easy drop-in usage. It works best to use the Center as a study room. It’s a good place to meet up with your study partners and work on homework. If and as you need help, ask one of the graduate students, faculty members or assistants.
Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity
The USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) is for students who learn differently and wish to receive academic support. Students who have a learning difference, a documented learning disability, ADHD or other disability-related learning challenge are encouraged to utilize the KCLC. At the KCLC, students are paired with learning assistants and/or tutors, have access to assistive technology, can study in a quiet environment and receive guidance in their preferred way of learning.
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Published on June 17th, 2022
Last updated on June 17th, 2022