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Mechanical Engineering


FAQs

Where are the free math tutors?

The The Math Tutoring Center at USC Department of Mathematics offers free tutoring to USC students. Visit the Math Tutoring Center's webpage for details information.

Can I get graduate degree credit while still an undergraduate?

Yes! Up to twelve credit hours may be taken while you are an undergraduate and applied towards a Master’s degree.

  • The Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees Accelerated Program
  • The Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees Accelerated Program in Mechanical Engineering allows undergraduate students to complete both the B.S. degree and M.E. or M.S. degree in as few as five years. The use of dual credit—courses that can be used toward both degrees—enables acceleration of the program, reducing the total enrollment of the student by one semester.

    Mechanical engineering undergraduate students may apply for approval of an accelerated education plan in the semester in which they will complete 90 hours of undergraduate course work. In addition, students must have a sufficient foundation in mechanical engineering course work to enable them to take graduate-level courses. University and department regulations stipulate that applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.40, both overall and in mechanical engineering courses. Students in the accelerated program must maintain a GPA of 3.40 while pursuing the B.S. degree.

    Students applying to this program must submit to The Graduate School a completed “Application for Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Education Plan” with endorsements of the undergraduate advisor, the department graduate director, and the department chair. The dean of The Gradate School has final authority for approving accelerated education plans. A “Senior Privilege Course Work Authorization” must be submitted for each semester in which one or more of these courses are taken.

    Participation in the accelerated program does not require acceptance into The Graduate School. After completing the B.S. degree, students wishing to continue towards a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at USC must apply formally to the Graduate School by submitting the appropriate form and required supporting documents. Students in the accelerated program will be eligible for graduate assistantships upon admission to The Graduate School.

    Only graduate-level courses (numbered 500 and above, including up to 3 credit hours of project/research work leading to a Master’s thesis) satisfying both B.S. and Master’s degree requirements may be used for dual credit. No more than twelve credit hours may be used as dual credit. The graduate courses used for dual credit must be taken during the student’s final undergraduate year.

    Accelerated Program Eligibility Criterion
    • GPA 3.4, both overall and in ME courses
    • Senior Standing (90 hours by the end of the semester)
    Accelerated Program Application Procedure
    • Obtain endorsements from the academic advisor and the Graduate Director
    • Get a copy of the GS-59 Form (Application for Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Education Plan) from ME Student Services Office. Complete this form in consultation with the academic advisor and the Graduate Director
    • Get a copy of the GS-19A Form (Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Accelerated Program Senior Privilege Course Work Authorization) from ME Student Services Office. Complete this form for each graduate credit course at the time of registration.
    • Students who wish to be considered for graduate admission to a Master’s program at USC must also submit to the Graduate School a completed application (GS-3 Form) and any additional credentials as required by that Master’s program.
    Additional Considerations
    • Up to 12 dual credits satisfying both B.S. and Master’s degree requirements may be obtained
    • Dual credit courses must be taken during the student’s final undergraduate year
    • The 3.40-GPA eligibility condition must be maintained while pursuing the B.S. degree.
    • No more than 12 graduate credit hours may be applied towards a Master’s degree.

    Who is my academic advisor?  How do I get advised each semester?

    Entering students are advised by the College of Engineering's Student Services in Swearingen. Continuing students are assigned an advisor from the Mechanical Engineering faculty. The advisor can help with scheduling courses, selecting electives and career planning. Visit the Advisement page for detail information.

    How do I get an EMCH 460 Special Problems course approved?

    Download the EMCH 460 Special Problems Proposal Form and follow the instructions.

    What is the department's policy on prerequisites?

    Many of the courses required for the Mechanical Engineering degree have Prerequisites and/or Corequisites. These requirements can be found in the course description page.

    It is the student’s responsibility to insure that they have the proper Co and Prerequisites for each course. The University’s registration computer does not check these requirements and may allow a student to sign up for a course in which they do not meet the Co and Prerequisites. The College’s administration performs random audits of courses during the semester. If a student is found not to have satisfied the course entry requirements they will remove the student from the class. Depending on when this is done, a student may receive a W for the class and will not be eligible for a refund.

    If a student wants to take a class that they do not have the Co or Prerequisites for they may petition the department for permission. The form for this can be found here. There is no guarantee that the request will be granted. Some of the factors that go into making the decision are 1) the requirement for which the waiver is being requested 2) the student’s past academic performance 3) reason for the request. Decisions on the petition make take up to two weeks to be rendered.

    Can I repeat a class?

    University's policy on repetition of course work can be found here.

    What is the University's Grade Forgiveness Policy?

    University's Grade Forgiveness Policy can be found here.

    In what areas can I get a Minor?  (PDF file at the Registrar's site)

    The Minors Bulletin from the Registrar's site has the full list.