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?
Different majors within Viterbi have different options when it comes to studying abroad. Search for places that are approved for your major! Be sure to look at Engineering Overseas options and the International Exchange Program with universities in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Additionally, in Viterbi’s iPodia: Classrooms without Borders course, USC students collaborate with students from universities across India, Germany, South Korea, and Brazil among other countries to pursue targets for global innovation!
There are lots of opportunities to explore the world and build on your professional engineering expertise during the summer!
The Tsinghua Undergraduate Research Program allows undergraduate students to conduct research in Beijing, China, and additional research abroad experiences focusing on transnational issues such as global climate change, pandemics, and peace-building are also available through USC’s Problems Without Passports program.
For non-research work experiences, USC Global Fellows is a program where USC students are placed in an internship in an industry of their choice in a cosmopolitan Asian city; past locations include Shanghai, Taipei, and Hong Kong!
Want to go abroad for a shorter period of time? There are options for that too! Many students opt to take a Maymester, a month-long course at the end of the spring that often ends with a trip abroad to see the concepts of the class in action.
For an even shorter trip: Alternative Break allows students to participate in service learning over winter or spring break! Past trips have included locations in Asia and South America, and issues such as healthcare accessibility, environmental conservation, and social entrepreneurship.
Also be sure to check out student organizations and design teams such as Engineers without Borders which do great engineering service work abroad!
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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