We often get a number of questions from recent graduates or working professionals wanting to go back to school in engineering.
Second bachelor’s degree applicants are considered transfer students and, if accepted, must fulfill all of the core requirements of their new major, along with any mandatory General Education requirements not fulfilled during their first degree. Students are required to complete 64 units (roughly two years) applicable to the degree in residence at USC.

Admission Requirements & Transferable Coursework

Admission Requirements for 2nd Bachelor’s Applicants

  • Calculus II
  • Two Semesters of a lab based science (Biology, Chemistry, and/or Calculus-Based Physics)

These requirements are not meant to be stopping points. Often, taking more math and science courses can make you a more competitive candidate for admission. Enroll in these classes at your local community college to build your foundation for an engineering education.

Be sure to check out our transfer plans to see which math, science and GE courses you can take that will count toward your major.

Finding Transferable Courses from Your School

  • Articulation Histories
    If you will attend a community college or a four-year institution that is not listed in the articulation agreement database, you should review the USC Articulation Histories website for transferable courses.

Be sure to review our transfer admission page for more information about the transfer process.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree from USC and are interested in a second bachelor’s, please contact viterbi.studentservices@usc.edu.

Second Bachelor’s FAQs

Below are answers to Second Bachelor’s FAQs.  Second bachelor’s students are considered transfer students and you can also review Transfer FAQs page.

Are Second Bachelor's candidates eligible for financial aid?

Students pursuing their second bachelor’s degree are ineligible for most financial aid programs but may be able to borrow a Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan and a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Students who meet all financial aid application deadlines may also be considered for the Federal Work-Study and Federal Perkins Loan programs.

Due to this, many second bachelor’s applicants go beyond the basic admission requirements. They maximize the number of transferable courses (ie more math, science and GEs) they take prior to transfer.

I just want to take a few engineering classes. Is a second bachelor's degree right for me?

No.  Students who enroll at USC plan to complete the entire degree program enrolling as full-time students over a minimum of two years.

If you’re interested in just taking a few courses related to engineering you may want to look into the UC extension programs or continuing education programs.

How many years will I have left at USC after I transfer?

It really depends.  All transfer students (including 2nd bach candidates) must complete 64 units (2 years) at USC.  But you may have more units to complete based on the number of transferable courses you have under your belt.  To find out what courses are likely to transfer from your current school, visit our Articulation Histories website.

Can second bachelor's students complete the degree online?

No – none of our undergraduate degrees are offered online.

I completed all the General Education/Core classes required for my first degree. Do I really have to satisfy USC's GE's?

Yes, in order to earn a second degree from USC students are required to satisfy USC’s GEs.  USC has a distinct GE pattern and – more often than not –  the classes you took to satisfy your GEs at your previous school do not align with USC’s GE pattern.

When can I submit my application?

USC only accepts undergraduate applications for the fall semester.

Second bachelor’s students are considered transfer students and follow the transfer application process outlined here.