Why My Major?
“I am interested in CS because of the flexibility it allows me to have as the problem solving and engineering skills I learn can be used in other fields. I’ve been able to meet the most amazing friends over our mutual interest in CS which opens up the conversation for other mutual interests.”Skylar KimComputer Science, '23
“I love environmental engineering because you get a very interdisciplinary education to learn how to save the world. All my friends in the major are there for the same reason so it's a great community.”Jessica KimEnvironmental Engineering '22
“I chose astronautical engineering because I’ve always been passionate about the perseverance of human exploration in space. I intend to use my degree to explore new propulsion systems and hopefully, one day, become an astronaut.”Presley SilahianAstronautical Engineering '22
“As a generalist, I love ISE because it gives me the flexibility to incorporate all of my non-engineering interests both inside and outside the classroom. I’ve been able to pursue my love of foreign languages and community service all while getting a comprehensive Viterbi education.”Maria AshbyIndustrial & Systems Engineering '23
“I love Biomedical Engineering because it allows me to combine my passion for biology, chemistry, math, and physics into something that is meaningful. Our goal is to design medical devices/innovations that meet the pressing needs in the medical world today.”Samantha TaylorBiomedical Engineering '22
“I love studying Astronautical engineering because the endless opportunities to get hands on experience! Between RPL, LPL, and independent research with faculty, there’s no shortage of ways to tangibly make an impact!”Laurence DiarraAstronautical Engineering '21
Looking for Engineering Organizations?
Explore class concepts in a collaborative, hands-on setting with fellow engineers
Looking for Resources?
Viterbi and USC have plenty of resources to help you balance personal well-being with academic achievement.
We’re more than “just engineers”
The research community at Viterbi is accessible for all levels and provides a variety of opportunities to fit any interest or niche along with fellowships and grants to make pursuing academic research within reach for all students.
“I'm involved with research in the Dryden Wind Tunnel, focusing on biomimetics and how the natural world can play a role in the flight of small vehicles. It’s awesome to see zoology play a role in engineering and I can’t look at birds the same without thinking about a mechanical replication.”Steven DouglassMechanical Engineering '21
You may have heard of the legendary “Trojan Family”- the 425,000- strong network of current and past USC students- and wondered if the hype is real. We can assure you, it is! USC is a home and family for its students, right from the beginning.
Trojans take care of their own, even as an alumni, and you can count on support from this family in all areas of your personal and professional life.
As a high school student applying to college right now, life past your undergraduate years might seem a world away. Viterbi offers a wide set of options for preparing for your future career and navigating the internship world.
”Having my first internship with Chevron was the best way to apply my skills in the real world. Doing data analysis that had actual implications while learning about the industry along the way was a blast!Cameron ColeComputer Science / Business Administration, '23
How can I study or research abroad?
There are lots of opportunities to explore the world during the summer. Viterbi Summer Overseas is an opportunity for a small group of Viterbi students to take classes and travel abroad together to Europe each summer.
The Tsinghua Undergraduate Research Program allows undergraduate students to conduct research in Beijing, China while simultaneously learning about the Chinese culture.
If for any reason there is a different study abroad program or destination you’d like to go to that isn’t included in the Viterbi study abroad options, USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences has plenty of options that are also available to Viterbi students through the Dornsife Overseas Program.
School ends in early May, but you can still take classes throughout May! One option is a Maymester, a month-long class, many of which are abroad.
Want to go abroad for a shorter period of time? There are options for that too! Alternative Break is an option for students to participate in service trips over campus-wide breaks all around the world. Do good while traveling!
Engineers without Borders is one of many organizations that do work abroad! A great opportunity to not only learn more about engineering but also the world!
University of Melbourne, Australia
My freshman experience in the dorms was full of boba tea runs, late night study sessions in the common rooms, and early 2000s songs sing-alongs with my roommates. I loved connecting with my neighbors down the hall and meeting new friends at residential hall events put on by the RAs and faculty in residence. Meeting up in the dining hall with friends for a much-needed crepe before starting on homework was definitely a highlight as well.Gianna BeckComputer Science/Business Administration '23