Engineering is solving real world problems! Here are some of the most popular classes in which students get their hands on design experience.
AME 341 – Mechoptronics
This is a two semester lab course for students majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. It is a very involved and thorough design class that gets its name from combining mechanical parts, optics, and electronics into a fully functioning mechanical system. Students use computer aided design tools among others to design and test various instrumentation and control devices.
CHE 444 – Chemical Engineering Lab
This is another two part intensive lab class that involves application of chemical engineering concepts. It builds on topics learned in previous chemical engineering classes such as thermodynamics, heat transfer, reactions, and separations. For example, students perform experiments such as modeling flow rates through varying types of valves. This class also emphasizes communication skills that are required of all engineers, as lab results must be accompanied by a thorough and well written report. Learn more from Lyssa.
CSCI 350 – Operating Systems
While almost all computer science courses at USC are hands on, Operating Systems is one of the most important ones. In this class, students really delve into the basics of how computers function at a low level. Over the course of a semester, students will work in groups to write an OS kernel and complete assignments relating to virtual memory, processor scheduling, and deadlock control.
CE 480 – Structural Systems Design
This is one of the capstone design classes for the Civil Engineering major. Like many other design courses, it focuses on combining concepts that were already learned in previous classes to work on a building project similar to projects that would be encountered while working as a civil engineer. The class is designed to help students learn to make decisions regarding structural systems, structural configurations, and force resisting systems in their projects. Students are also encouraged to be as creative and environmentally friendly as possible!
EE 423 – Loudspeaker and Sound-System Design
This is one of several capstone design courses for electrical engineers, designed for students who are interested in media/visual aspects of electrical engineering. In this course, students will design loudspeaker transducers, filters, and enclosures. Some constraints that have to be taken into consideration in the design of a sound system are acoustic performance, distortion, and power handling.