Update: 03/15/2024

Effective Fall 2024, the Artificial Intelligence Applications minor will require 20 units, previously requiring 18. This is due to ITP-216 being added as a prerequisite to ITP-259.  Students who have declared the Artificial Intelligence Applications minor before June 1, 2024 can have ITP-216 waived, and can take ITP-259 directly so long as they have completed ITP-115/116. Students who declare the minor on or after June 1, 2024 must complete ITP-216, no exceptions will be made.

For clearance to register for ITP-259, or other questions or concerns regarding this minor, please reach out to itpadvising@usc.edu, or schedule a meeting with an advisor.

Artificial Intelligence Applications

Learn the basics of AI and core concepts with emphasis on tools and frameworks to solve real-world problems. Applications such as natural language processing, autonomous driving and computer vision will be experienced with hands-on learning. Ethical and human-centered perspectives will be explored.

Learn about:
  • Machine learning
  • Neural Networks
  • CNN
  • RNN
  • Machine vision
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Data Analyst
  • Predictive Modeler
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Customer Service Bots
  • Financial Sector Automation


  • All minors at USC need 16 units that only meet minor requirements and do not meet any other major, minor, or GE requirement.
  • All courses completed for your minor or specialization must be completed for a letter grade.
  • You must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the courses completed for your minor or specialization.

Minor (18 units)
Core requirements (14 units):
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units)
        or ITP-116 "Accelerated Programming in Python" (2 units)
  • ITP-259 “Basics of Artificial Intelligence” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115 or ITP-116]
  • ITP-359 “Applied Neural Networks” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-259]
  • ITP-459 “Applied Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-359]
Elective (4 units):
  • EIS-370 "Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence” (4 units) 
  • ITP-429 “Introduction to Driverless Vehicles” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115 or ITP-116]
  • ITP-449 “Applications of Machine Learning” (4 units) [prerequisites: ITP-115 and ITP-249]
  • ITP-469 “Applied Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125 and (ITP-115 or ITP-116)]
  • PHIL-256 “Ethics, Technology and Value” (4 units)

The following courses are also pre-approved electives for the minor. If you enroll in one of the following courses, please email our academic advisors so that they can update your STARS report. Substitution courses are not automatically applied to your minor requirements, so you will need to ask our academic advisors to make the change for you.

  • ITP-450 “High-Performance Computing in Applied Machine Learning” (2 units) [ITP-449 or DSCI-352 or MATH-449 or BUAD-425 or CSCI-467]

Specialization (10 units)
Core requirements (10 units):
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units)
        or ITP-116 "Accelerated Python for Programmers" (2 units)
  • ITP-259 “Basics of Artificial Intelligence” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115 or ITP-116]
  • ITP-359 “Applied Neural Networks” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-259]

Course Plan

Use the chart below to plan your course schedule to complete your minor. Pay careful attention to prerequisites. Make sure you consult with your major advisor about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

The course plan below is simply a suggestion, other course plans many be possible. Please contact our academic advisors with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Next steps

How can I add this program?

Apply online

Current USC students can use our online application to declare a minor or specialization. Your application will be processed within 4 to 9 business days, and you will be notified at your official USC email address of your admission to the program of your choice.

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Contact us with questions

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Published on May 16th, 2022

Last updated on April 12th, 2024