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

Admission

Students may apply to the program upon completion of their first or third semester at USC (Spring). Transfer students must apply with at least 3 remaining semesters at USC at the time of possible acceptance into the program.

Students should have earned a minimum of 3.5 in both their cumulative GPA and in their major.

Acceptance to the program is based on the following criteria:

-Academic performance

-Motivation to complete the program

-Motivation to complete the track

  Please email vugrad@vsoe.usc.edu for additional information or questions.

Grade Point Average Requirements

 

The required grade point average for remaining in the old Engineering Honors Program is a cumulative USC GPA of 3.7 or above (before Fall 2018). To participate in the new honors program (after Fall 2018) students need to maintain a USC GPA of 3.5 or above.

If a student in the Honors Program earns a cumulative USC GPA below 3.7 (old program) or 3.5 (new program) he/she will be given two semesters (excluding summer semesters) of “Honors Program Probation” during which time s/he can bring his/her GPA up.

Once the student brings his/her GPA up or above the required GPA, s/he is in good standing with the Honors Program.  After two semesters of probation, a student whose GPA remains below the required GPA 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.

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

Students may apply to the program upon completion of their first or third semester at USC (Spring). Applications will be due the beginning of February.

Transfer Students

To apply to the Honors Program Transfer students have at least 3 remaining semesters at USC.

Continuing Students

Continuing undergraduate Viterbi students with a cumulative USC GPA of 3.5 or above are invited to apply for the W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program.

Students may apply to the program upon completion of their first or third semester at USC (Spring). Transfer students must apply with at least 3 remaining semesters at USC.

Enrolling

There are two available semesters of ENGR 100 that a student in the Honors Program should take in consecutive order — first ENGR 100a, then ENGR 100b. W.V.T. Rusch Honors program students will also enroll in the WRIT 340: Focus section and ENGR 400.

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 main 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.

One excused absence will be granted for a job interview or attending a major conference in Engineering but students must send an email to the instructors in advance. Please note: attendance is taken at the end-of-semester barbecue.

 It is each student’s responsibility to keep track of the number of his/her absences and to ensure that the maximum allowed number of absences is not exceeded.

Please note:Three or more absences can be made up in a future semester ONLY if due to major health or family emergencies. Students will need to provide documentation for MAJOR emergencies. Student will get an incomplete this semester and will get a grade after completion of ALL work in the next semester. Please contact the instructors to discuss plan

D-Clearance Requests

ENGR 100 requires departmental clearance; you can request a D-clearance via MyViterbi. Once you are provided d-clearance you will receive an email with a confirmation.

ENGR 461 requires departmental clearance; you can request a D-clearance via MyViterbi. Once you are provided d-clearance you will receive an email with a confirmation.

The EHP section of WRIT 340: Writing and Disciplinary Grand Challenges requires departmental clearance; you can request a D-clearance by emailing Amanda McCraven (amccrave@usc.edu). Please include your USC id number in the request. Once you are provided d-clearance you will receive an email with a confirmation.