Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Students attaining the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science would possess the scientific and engineering skills and knowledge that would enable them to design and implement computer systems that effectively and efficiently integrate developing hardware and software technologies. This degree is administered jointly by the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

General admission requirements for the undergraduate program are the same as those of the university and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and include 3 to 5 units of mathematics and one unit of science (biology, chemistry or physics).

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for each of the core computer science courses: CSCI 102, CSCI 103, CSCI 170, CSCI 104 and CSCI 201.

Core computer science courses with a grade of C- or below must be repeated; these courses may only be retaken once.

Departmental approval is required in order to retake a course.

Students who do not satisfy the degree requirement after repeating a class will be disqualified from the program.

A cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) is required for all courses taken at USC as well as all upper division courses applied toward the major, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken. Candidates must complete general education requirements; see the General Education Program.

The minimum requirement for the degree is 128 units.

Students must choose one track for this degree:

  • The Computing Systems Track is offered by the Department of Computer Science.
  • The Embedded Systems Track is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

All information contained here is summarized from the USC Catalogue and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USC Catalogue. The USC Catalogue supersedes all other publications.

Current students follow degree requirements in effect for the academic year they began their studies at USC.  If you are a current student, please refer to your STARS report or the appropriate USC Catalogue for your year.  Students seeking to advance their catalogue year to follow updated curricula may contact their department advisor.

Published on August 8th, 2017

Last updated on June 21st, 2022