Take the Right Courses
It is very important that students wishing to transfer to Viterbi take the appropriate courses for the engineering curriculum. We do not follow IGETC, but there are specific courses that students should take in order to be competitive for admission.
We recommend that you have the following complete or in-progress at the time of application.
- Calculus II
- Two Semesters of a Lab Based Science (Calc-Based Physics, Chemistry or Biology)
- USC’s Writing Requirement
- 30 Transferable Semester Units
Additionally, we strongly encourage you to enroll at a full time student.
While you are not required to follow these guidelines, doing so can make you a stronger candidate for admission.
If you have already met the above guidelines, you should continue to engage in additional math, science and/or engineering related coursework.
Find the Right Courses at Your Current School?
USC has several resources to help you identify transferable coursework at your institution. It is not just important that you take math and science courses, you want to take the courses that will transfer for your degree program. Your key resources are:
Curriculum and Discipline Info
The Curriculum and Discipline info will help you determine which courses are required for your major of interest. By knowing which courses are required for your major, you can choose courses that will help you progress towards graduation.
Transfer Planning Guide
If you attend a California Community College, you can use the Transfer Planning Guide (TPG) to identify transferable courses, based on your major, at your school. You are not required to complete all the classes on the TPG to apply to USC.
If you attend a community college or a four-year institution that is not listed on the TPG website, you should review the USC Articulation Histories website. These Articulation Histories will display courses that have transferred to USC for credit in the past. If USC has not received a lot of transfer students from your school, there may only be a few courses on that articulation history. However, many more courses may be transferable.