University of Southern California

Viterbi School of Engineering

Applied Mechanics

Kaprielian Hall 210
(213) 740-0603
FAX: (213) 744-1426

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mechanics

The requirement for this degree is 128 units. A cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) is required in all upper division courses applied toward the major, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken. This program is administered by the staff of the Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Students may register in either of these two departments and still qualify for this degree. See the common requirements for undergraduate degrees section.

composition/writing requirements Units
WRIT 140* Writing and Critical Reasoning 4
WRIT 340 Advanced Writing 4
General Education units
General education* + 24
Pre-major requirements units
Math Requirement
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
MATH 126 Calculus II 4
MATH 226 Calculus III 4
MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 4
MATH 445 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II 4
Physics Requirement
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics 4
PHYS 152 Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics 4
Chemistry Elective
CHEM 105aL General Chemistry 4
Major requirements Units
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
AME 310 Engineering Thermodynamics I 3
AME 341a Mechoptronics Laboratory I 3
AME 441aL Senior Projects Laboratory 3
Civil Engineering
CE 205 Statics 2
CE 225 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies 3
CE 235 Dynamics 3
CE 309 Fluid Mechanics 3
Electrical Engineering
EE 326L Essentials of Electrical Engineering 4
Major Electives Units
Free electives** 4
Technical electives 28
Approved electives in computer programming 4
Total units: 128

*GE Category VI and WRIT 140 are taken concurrently.

**The choice of free electives in the fourth year requires approval of the administering department.

+The university allows engineering majors to replace the GE Category IV with a second course in Categories I, II or VI.