Computer Programming

Write programs for desktop applications, mobile apps, web applications, and video games by practicing coding, design, and debugging in multiple languages. Upon completion of the minor, students will have strong experience with the application of programming languages in several different contexts.

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Skills
  • C++, Java, and Python
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Software development
  • Debugging
Careers
  • Software Developer
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Mobile Developer

Requirements

  • 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 (10 units):
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units)
  • ITP-265 “Object-Oriented Programming” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115]
  • ITP-365 “Managing Data in C++” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265]
Electives (8 units):
  • ITP-303 “Full-Stack Web Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-341 “Android App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-342 “iOS App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-344 “Advanced iOS App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-342]
  • ITP-345 “Advanced Android App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-341]
  • ITP-368 “Programming Graphical User Interfaces” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-380 “Video Game Programming” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-365 or CSCI-104]
  • ITP-435 “Professional C++” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-365 or CSCI-104]
  • ITP-439 “Compiler Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-365 or CSCI-104]

Specialization (10 units)
Core requirements (6 units):
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units)
  • ITP-265 “Object-Oriented Programming” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115]
Elective (4 units):
  • ITP-303 “Full-Stack Web Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-341 “Android App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-342 “iOS App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-344 “Advanced iOS App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-342]
  • ITP-345 “Advanced Android App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-341]
  • ITP-365 “Managing Data in C++” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265]
  • ITP-368 “Programming Graphical User Interfaces” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-380 “Video Game Programming” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-365 or CSCI-104]
  • ITP-435 “Professional C++” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-365 or CSCI-104]
  • ITP-439 “Compiler Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-365 or CSCI-104]

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 adviser about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our advisement team with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.


Next steps

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