Aerospace & Mechanical

Information for Undergraduate Students

  • Advisement: Advising is mandatory for all four years at the Viterbi School of Engineering. You will meet with an academic advisor each semester prior to registering to discuss course scheduling. Advisors also work with students to set academic and career goals as well as realistic paths to reach these goals.
  • AME Capstone/Design/Core/Technical Electives List – Fall 2017 Suggestions
  • Departmental Clearance: D-Clearance stands for Departmental Clearance. If a course name has a "D" after the 5-digit class number (such as 28700D), D-clearance is required prior to registration. To obtain D-Clearance for an undergraduate course in AME, please contact Liz Cho ( For Math, Physics, Chemistry, General Education courses, and engineering courses outside of AME, please contact the appropriate department. Their contact information can be found on their department page on the Schedule of Classes.
  • ENGR 395 (Cooperative Education Work Experience): For D-Clearance, please contact Viterbi Career Services at 213-740-9677 or visit their website.
  • Progressive Degree Program: 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 AME Department, you will only have to complete 8 classes instead of 9.

    Before applying to PDP, meet with Liz Cho to discuss eligibility. PDP meetings are typically held the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the semester (before the priority deadline) and a week before the start of final exams.

    Additional information can be found online.