Discover Engineering


3.0 units of USC credit


Students who will not have completed Pre-Calc/Trig before June 17, 2019 but who wish to be considered for this course must submit the Pre-Calc/Trig Waiver with their application

Special Dress Code

Closed-toe shoes must be worn on field trips


Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Engineering is a field that impacts every aspect of life, including society, politics and technology. If you have considered the study of engineering at the college level, this course is an excellent way to preview what’s ahead. You will explore various disciplines of engineering through academic lectures and classroom discussions. You will gain practical experience through hands-on projects which involve designing, building and testing.  You will learn how to conduct research using design thinking and the engineering design process.


  • Participate in off-campus field trips
    • Previous trips have included the Hyperion Treatment Plant and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Practice what you learn with engineering projects
    • Previous projects have included: building and launching rockets, building and flying RC airplanes, Arduino-based projects, designing and building bridges, building and flying drones, using 3D printers, and building and programming robots (see student web portfolios)

Topic of Study

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

“The class was hands-on and interactive, which forced us to think critically and test out our ideas.”

Discover Engineering Photo Album


Register and join us for our webinar on February 28, 2019 at 6 pm PST to meet our Viterbi faculty.