### Degree Requirements

#### Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering prepares students for engineering careers in the space industry, for research and development in industry and government centers and laboratories, and for graduate study. The program combines a core in the fundamentals of engineering, specialized work in astronautics and space technology, and technical electives to broaden and/or deepen the course work.This degree requires the completion of 128 units. A grade point average of C (2.0) or higher is required in all upper division astronautical engineering courses. See also the common requirements for undergraduate engineering degrees section.

composition/writing requirements | Units | |
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WRIT 130 | Analytical Writing | 4 |

WRIT 340 | Advanced Writing | 4 |

8 |

General Education (see here) | Units | |
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General education* ^{+} | 20 |

Required lower division courses | Units | |
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AME 150L | Introduction to Computational Methods | 4 |

AME 201 | Statics | 3 |

AME 204 | Strength of Materials | 3 |

ASTE 101L | Introduction to Astronautics | 4 |

ASTE 280 | Astronautics and Space Environment I | 3 |

CHEM 105aL | General Chemistry, or | |

CHEM 115aL | Advanced General Chemistry, or | |

MASC 110L | Materials Science | 4 |

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

PHYS 151L* | Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics | 4 |

PHYS 152L | Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 153L | Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics | 4 |

required upper division courses | Units | |
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AME 301 | Dynamics | 3 |

AME 308 | Computer-Aided Analysis for Aero-Mechanical Design | 3 |

AME 341abL | Mechoptronics Laboratory | 3-3 |

AME 404 | Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems | 3 |

AME 441aL | Senior Projects Laboratory | 3 |

ASTE 301ab | Thermal and Statistical Systems | 3-3 |

ASTE 330 | Astronautics and Space Environment II | 3 |

ASTE 420 | Spacecraft Design | 3 |

ASTE 470 | Spacecraft Propulsion | 3 |

ASTE 480 | Spacecraft Dynamics | 3 |

Elective | Technical elective** | 15 |

Total units: | 128 |

^{+}The university allows engineering majors to replace the GE Category IV with a second course in Categories I, II or VI.

#### Minor in Astronautical Engineering

This program is for USC students who wish to work in the space industry and government space research and development centers and who are pursuing bachelor's degrees in science, mathematics or engineering with specializations other than in astronautical engineering.The space industry employs a wide variety of engineers (electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil, etc.); scientists (physicists, astronomers, chemists); and mathematicians. These engineers participate in development of advanced space systems but they usually lack the understanding of basic fundamentals of astronautics and space systems. The minor in astronautical engineering will help overcome this deficiency and provide unique opportunities for USC engineering, science and mathematics students, by combining their basic education in their major field with the industry specific minor in astronautical engineering.

Required course work consists of a minimum of 18 units. Including prerequisites, the minor requires 38 units. Three courses, or 9 units, at the 400 level will be counted toward the minor degree. The course work is a balanced program of study providing the basic scientific fundamentals and engineering disciplines critically important for contributing to development of complex space systems.

*Prerequisite courses:* MATH 125, MATH 126 and MATH 226; PHYS 151L and PHYS 152L.

Required courses | Units | |
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ASTE 280 | Astronautics and Space Environment I | 3 |

ASTE 301a | Thermal and Statistical Systems I | 3 |

ASTE 330 | Astronautics and Space Environment II | 3 |

ASTE 420 | Spacecraft Design | 3 |

ASTE 470 | Spacecraft Propulsion | 3 |

ASTE 480 | Spacecraft Dynamics | 3 |

Total minimum units: | 18 |

#### Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

This degree is in the highly dynamic and technologically advanced area of astronautics and space technology. The program is designed for those with B.S. degrees in science and engineering who wish to work in the space sector of the aerospace industry, government research and development centers and laboratories and academia. In some cases the applicant may be required to take one to two upper-division undergraduate classes (which can be credited toward the M.S. degree) to make up the deficiency. The program is available through the USC Distance Education Network (DEN).The general portion of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and two letters of recommendation are required.

Required courses: 27 units

Core requirement (6 units) | Units | |
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ASTE 520 | Spacecraft System Design | 3 |

ASTE 535 | Space Environments and Spacecraft Interactions | 3 |

Core elective requirement (choose one) | Units | |
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ASTE 470 | Spacecraft Propulsion | 3 |

ASTE 523 | Design of Low Cost Space Missions | 3 |

ASTE 552 | Spacecraft Thermal Control | 3 |

ASTE 553 | Systems for Remote Sensing from Space | 3 |

ASTE 556 | Spacecraft Structural Dynamics | 3 |

ASTE 580 | Orbital Mechanics I | 3 |

ASTE 583 | Space Navigation: Principles and Practice | 3 |

ASTE 584 | Spacecraft Power Systems | 3 |

ASTE 585 | Spacecraft Attitude Control | 3 |

ASTE 586 | Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics | 3 |

Recommended technical electives | Units | |
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ASTE 501ab | Physical Gas Dynamics | 3-3 |

ASTE 527 | Space Studio Architecting | 3 |

ASTE 541 | Partially Ionized Plasmas | 3 |

ASTE 545 | Computational Techniques in Rarefied Gas Dynamics | 3 |

ASTE 570 | Liquid Rocket Propulsion | 3 |

ASTE 572 | Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion | 3 |

ASTE 581 | Orbital Mechanics II | 3 |

ASTE 599 | Special Topics | 3 |

SAE 549 | Systems Architecting I | 3 |

Technical elective requirement (12 Units) | Units | |
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Four 3-unit courses. It is advisable to select these four elective courses from the list of core electives or from the list of recommended technical electives above. No more than 3 units of directed research (ASTE 590) can be applied to the 27-unit requirement. New courses on emerging space technologies are often offered; consult the current semester's course offerings, particularly for ASTE 599 Special Topics. |

Engineering mathematics requirement (6 units) | Units | |
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AME 525 | Engineering Analysis | 3 |

AME 526 | Engineering Analytical Methods | 3 |

At least 21 units must be at the 500 or 600 level.

#### Engineer in Astronautical Engineering

The Engineer degree in Astronautical Engineering is in the highly dynamic and technologically advanced area of space technology. The program is designed for those with Master of Science degrees in science and engineering who want to prepare for work in the space industry, government research and development centers and national laboratories. The applicant may be required to take one to two upper division undergraduate courses. The Engineer degree in Astronautical Engineering is awarded in strict conformity with the general requirements for the USC Graduate School. See the general requirements for graduate degrees. Each student wishing to undertake the Engineer program must first be admitted to the program and then take the screening examination. Further guidance concerning admission, screening exam and the full completion of courses, including those given outside the Astronautics and Space Technology division, can be obtained from the ASTD student advisor, program coordinators and faculty in each technical area.#### Doctor of Philosophy in Astronautical Engineering

The Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering is awarded in strict conformity with the general requirements of the USC Graduate School. See the general requirements for graduate degrees. The degree requires a concentrated program of study, research and a dissertation. Each student wishing to undertake a doctoral program must first be admitted to the program and then take the screening examination. This examination will emphasize comprehension of fundamental material in the graduate course work. Further guidance concerning admission, the screening exam and the full completion of courses, including those given outside the Astronautics and Space Technology division, can be obtained from the ASTD student advisor and program coordinators.#### Certificate in Astronautical Engineering

The Certificate in Astronautical Engineering is designed for practicing engineers and scientists who enter space-related fields and/or want to obtain training in specific space-related areas. Students enroll at USC as limited status students; they must apply and be admitted to the certificate program after completion of no more than 9 units of required course work. The required course work consists of 12 units; students will choose four 3-unit courses from the following:Required courses (choose four) | Units | |
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ASTE 501ab | Physical Gas Dynamics | 3-3 |

ASTE 520 | Spacecraft System Design | 3 |

ASTE 523 | Design of Low Cost Space Missions | 3 |

ASTE 527 | Space Studio Architecting | 3 |

ASTE 535 | Space Environments and Spacecraft Interactions | 3 |

ASTE 552 | Spacecraft Thermal Control | 3 |

ASTE 553 | Systems for Remote Sensing from Space | 3 |

ASTE 556 | Spacecraft Structural Dynamics | 3 |

ASTE 572 | Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion | 3 |

ASTE 580 | Orbital Mechanics I | 3 |

ASTE 581 | Oribital Mechanics II | 3 |

ASTE 583 | Space Navigation: Principles and Practice | 3 |

ASTE 584 | Spacecraft Power Systems | 3 |

ASTE 585 | Spacecraft Attitude Control | 3 |

ASTE 586 | Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics | 3 |

ASTE 599 | Special Topics | 3 |

Most classes are available through the USC Distance Education Network (DEN).

Credit for classes may be applied toward the M.S., Engineer or Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering, should the student decide later to pursue an advanced degree. In order to be admitted to the M.S. program, the student should maintain a B average or higher in courses for the certificate and must satisfy all normal admission requirements. All courses for the certificate must be taken at USC. It is anticipated that other classes on emerging space technologies will be added to the list of the offered classes in the future.