B.S. in Astronautical Engineering
The Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering
prepares students for engineering careers in the space sector of
the aerospace industry; for research and development in industry and
government centers and laboratories; and for graduate study.
The program provides a core in the fundamentals of aerospace engineering;
specialized work in astronautics and space technology; and technical
electives to broaden and/or deepen the course work.
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Degree Requirements
The general requirements for B.S. degrees in Engineering
are given in the appropriate section of the
USC Catalogue. In the event that information on this website conflicts with
that in the Catalogue, the Catalogue must be considered to be authoritative.
This major requires completion
of the following course of study. Each course is listed in the semester
in which it is typically taken. The student may take the courses in a
different order than that shown, as long as any prerequisites for each course
are met. Note that many engineering courses are offered only once
per academic year, so care must be taken when altering the schedule.
FIRST YEAR, FIRST SEMESTER 
UNITS 
ASTE 101L 
Introduction to Astronautics 
4 
ENGR 102 
Freshman Academy 
2 
CHEM 105aL 
General Chemistry, or 

CHEM 115aL 
Advanced General Chemistry, or 

MASC 110L 
Materials Science 
4 
MATH 125 
Calculus I 
4 
General Education 
Social Issues 
4 


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18 
FIRST YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER 
UNITS 
ITP 168 
Introduction to Matlab 
2 
MATH 126 
Calculus II 
4 
PHYS 151L* 
Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics 
4 
WRIT 130 
Analytical Writing 
4 


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14 
SECOND YEAR, FIRST SEMESTER 
UNITS 
AME 201 
Statics 
3 
MATH 226 
Calculus III 
4 
PHYS 152L 
Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 
4 
General Education 

4 


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15 
SECOND YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER 
UNITS 
ASTE 280 
Foundations of Astronautics 
3 
AME 204 
Strength of Materials 
3 
MATH 245 
Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 
4 
PHYS 153L 
Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics 
4 
General Education 

4 


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18 
THIRD YEAR, FIRST SEMESTER 
UNITS 
ASTE 301a 
Thermal and Statistical Systems I 
3 
ASTE 331a 
Spacecraft Systems Engineering I 
3 
AME 301 
Dynamics 
3 
AME 341aL 
Mechoptronics Laboratory I 
3 
General Education 

4 


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16 
THIRD YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER 
UNITS 
ASTE 301b 
Thermal and Statistical Systems II 
3 
ASTE 331b 
Spacecraft Systems Engineering II 
3 
AME 308 
ComputerAided Analysis for AeroMechanical Design 
3 
AME 341bL 
Mechoptronics Laboratory II 
3 
WRIT 340 
Advanced Writing 
4 


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16 
FOURTH YEAR, FIRST SEMESTER 
UNITS 
ASTE 470 
Spacecraft Propulsion 
3 
AME 404 
Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems 
3 
AME 441aL 
Senior Projects Laboratory 
3 
Elective 
Technical elective** 
3 
General Education 

4 


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16 
FOURTH YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER 
UNITS 
ASTE 421 
Space Mission Design 
3 
ASTE 480 
Spacecraft Dynamics 
3 
Elective 
Technical elective** 
6 
General Education 

4 


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16 