W.V.T. Rusch Undergraduate Engineering Honors Program Policies

If you have any questions about the Engineering Honors Program policies outlined below, please address them to either:

Monica De Los Santos, Program Coordinator, 213-740-4530, or
Dr. Aluizio Prata Jr, Faculty Director, 213-740-4704


A small number of students are invited to join the Engineering Honors Program when they are admitted to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering based on their high school (or previous institution) grade point average, and SAT/ACT scores.

If you are not invited to join upon admission to USC, you will be eligible to apply to the program once you have earned a cumulative USC GPA of 3.7.  You can apply as early as the end of your first semester at USC if you have earned the appropriate grade point average.

Grade Point Average Requirements

The required grade point average for remaining in the Engineering Honors Program is a cumulative USC GPA of 3.700 or above. If a student in the Honors Program earns a cumulative USC GPA below 3.700, he/she will be given two semesters (excluding summer semesters) of “Honors Program Probation” during which time s/he can bring his/her GPA back to a 3.700.  For example, if a student earns 3.45 during a fall semester, s/he is given the following spring and fall semesters to raise his/her cumulative GPA back to 3.700 or above.  During this probationary period, a student in the Honors Program is still eligible to participate in the Honors Colloquium (ENGR 100) class as well as the fall retreat.

Once the student brings his/her GPA up to 3.700 or above, s/he is in good standing with the Honors Program.  After two semesters of probation, a student whose GPA remains below 3.700 will be ineligible to participate in Honors Program Colloquium classes and activities, but can become eligible again at any later date by raising his/her cumulative GPA to 3.700 or above.

Please note: The probationary period referred to in this section for students of the Engineering Honors Program is independent from other forms of probation at USC, including Academic Probation.

Required Number of Semesters

The required number of semesters of ENGR 100 you must take as a member of the Honors Program depends on when you were admitted to the program.

Incoming Freshman

If you were invited into the program as an incoming freshman, you are required to complete 4 semesters of ENGR 100 (a, b, c, and d) during your four years here at USC.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who were invited to join the program upon their admission to USC will take as many semesters of the colloquium as they are expecting to spend years at USC.

Continuing Students

Continuing students who are admitted to the program must complete one semester of ENGR100 for each full year they have remaining at USC. As a general guideline, students who are admitted to the program during their sophomore year will need to complete three semesters, admitted juniors need to complete two semesters, and students admitted in their senior year will need to complete only one semester of the colloquium.  This will vary depending on each student’s specific situation.


There are four available semesters of ENGR 100 that a student in the Honors Program should take in consecutive order — first ENGR 100a, then ENGR 100b, followed by ENGR 100c, and ending with ENGR 100d.

It is very important that you do not register for the same course twice (for example, take ENGR 100a for two semesters), because you will not be granted the unit value of the course the second time you take it.  If you are unsure of which semesters of ENGR 100 you have already completed, please view your completed course summary or STARS report on OASIS.

Attendance Policies

ENGR 100 is a one-unit, credit/no-credit course, and the only requirement for earning credit is attendance at the weekly Colloquium classes. Since this is the only requirement, the attendance policies for ENGR 100 are very strict. Students are tolerated a maximum of three absences total, for any reason, during each semester. More than three absences will result in a grade of “no credit” being assigned.

If you miss any class sessions due to adding the course after classes have already started, those class sessions you missed will be considered absences.

Please note that there is no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences. Regardless of the circumstances, every time you are not in attendance will be considered an absence. This is also true if you fail to attend the end-of-semester barbecue.

Attendance is taken by means of a sign-in sheet, which is passed around during each class session. Signing in for another student is grounds for termination from the program. It is each student’s responsibility to keep track of the number of his/her absences and to ensure that the maximum tolerated number of absences is not exceeded.

D-Clearance Requests

ENGR 100 requires departmental clearance; you can request a D-clearance through MyViterbi by follow the steps below. We recommend connecting to MyViterbi through USC Wireless Plus, VPN, or a wired connection; USC Wireless does not connect well with MyViterbi.

1)      https://myviterbi.usc.edu/

2)      Select: D-Clearance Request Manager

3)      Select: Request D-Clearance

4)      Select: Engineering Student Affairs

5)      Select: Term, Course (ENGR-100a, b, c, or d), then Submit!

19th Unit of Tuition Coverage Requests

EHP students can request tuition coverage for a 19th unit of colloquium. The student must be enrolled in 19 (or more) units of academic course work, including the colloquium (ENGR 100 a, b, c, or d) in order for the request to be approved. To request tuition coverage for a 19th unit of colloquium, complete the application below:

1)     Tuition Credit Request for 19th unit – Due Friday, December 22nd

Use of Laptop and Phones During the Colloquium

(a message from the Program Director)

In the past I have repeatedly observed that an increasing number of our members are using laptops and mobile phones during our talks. I have also heard negative comments about this fact from a few of our speakers.

Since the use of laptops and mobile phones have very little to do with our Colloquium (e.g., it is not required for the presentations), the use of laptops and mobile phones during our presentations are at a minimum disrespectful to our speakers. You see, we invite these speakers to come and talk to us, often imposing a considerable amount of work at their end. The least we can do is then to give our undivided attention to their talks.

For the above reasons, and others that I am sure you can infer, with this message I am then informing you that laptops and mobile phones are not to be used in our weekly Colloquium.

The bottom line is that, if somebody is not interested in the Colloquium, they should not be there. If they can’t manage their time to avoid needing to use a laptop or mobile phone during the Colloquium, they should not be there either. If you absolutely need to entertain a very important phone call or text  message (we all know that sometimes this happens), please make sure that you step out of the room for that.

Wishing you a very productive semester, sincerely yours,