Why USC – Undergraduate Students

The undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering is ranked 11th nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. The strength of our undergraduate program relies on the general education and major coursework as well as our research and social opportunities.

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The EE Curriculum

Our curriculum focuses on the four fundamental areas of engineering: computer engineering, signal processing and communication, electronic and integrated circuits, and electromagnetics and energy conversion. Through specific areas of specialization and hands-on design coursework, undergraduates are able to gain specific theoretical and practical information in areas such as wireless communication, optics, digital and analog circuits, and digital signal processing. To learn more about the course sequencing and technical electives, please review our undergraduate handbook.

Undergraduate Opportunities for Research and Employment in EE

16128As early as your freshman year, EE majors can gain the technical skills necessary to begin research with faculty and/or internships in local industry. Recent graduates have interned with Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Conexant, and KROQ (local radio station). Current students in the major are working with professors who are working on the latest innovations in their fields- such as electronic pulse and cancer cell research, digital signals used for the design of the updated THX theater sound system, and optochip design.

The General Education and Writing Curriculum

The university-wide general education requirements provide breadth and depth in arts and sciences. Six general education courses are required; of these six courses, engineering majors fulfill one category throughout pre-major preparation. Our writing program, recognized nationally for its integration of thematic and technical writing, allow students to refine writing skills through writing about the humanities and through our specialized technical writing course, prepares students to write technical reports using a writing style that is expected in industry and research. For further information regarding the general education curriculum. Please visit the Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement - Prospective Undergraduate Students Webpage.

Further questions about becoming an EE major?

For further information on the EE major, please contact Student Services--at studentinfo@ee.usc.edu

For further information on admissions to USC engineering, please visit the Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement - Prospective Undergraduate Students Webpage.

Published on September 26th, 2016

Last updated on March 4th, 2020