Distributed, transparent, secure, and public, blockchain technology can be used not only to create cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin but also applications for healthcare, business, identity verification, supply chain, and art. Learn how to develop smart contracts and decentralized applications on the blockchain and create new use cases for this cutting-edge technology as it evolves.

Learn about:
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Smart contracts
  • Ethereum
  • Solidity
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Business models
  • Blockchain engineer
  • Blockchain designer
  • Project manager
  • Business analyst
  • Consultant


  • 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 (16 units)
Core Requirements (16 units):
  • ITP-256 “Blockchain” (4 units)
  • ITP-356 “Blockchain: Decentralized Applications” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-256]
  • ITP-366 “Blockchain: Advances and Use Cases” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-256]
  • ITP-456 “Blockchain: Capstone” (4 units) [prerequisites: ITP-356 and ITP-366]

Specialization (8 units)
Core Requirement (4 units):
  • ITP-256 “Blockchain” (4 units)
Complete One of the Following (4 units):
  • ITP-356 “Blockchain: Decentralized Applications” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-256]
  • ITP-366 “Blockchain: Advances and Use Cases” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-256]

Course Plan

Course Plan

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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.

Please contact our academic advisors with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.

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Semester 3

Semester 4

Next steps

How can I add this program?

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Contact us with questions

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Published on June 18th, 2019

Last updated on May 23rd, 2022