Connected Devices and Making

Write firmware and design hardware for smart devices that connect to computers, phones, and the web. Devices are now becoming data collection tools that can act, inform, and interface with many different aspects of our world — in the form of wearables, home automation systems, cutting-edge medical devices, and more.

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Skills
  • C/C++
  • 3D printing
  • Hardware design
  • Firmware programming
  • Data collection
Careers
  • Software Developer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Product Designer
  • Product Tester
  • UX Designer

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 (16 units)
Complete one of the following (2 units):
  • ITP-109 “Introduction to Java Programming” (2 units)
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units)
  • ITP-165 “Introduction to C++ Programming” (2 units)
Core requirements (6 units):
  • ITP-228 “Computer-Aided Modeling for 3D Product Design” (2 units)
  • ITP-348 “Introduction to Physical Computing” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-109, ITP-115, or ITP-165]
Electives (8 units):
  • ITP-249 “Introduction to Data Analytics” (4 units)
  • 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-388 “Developing Connected Devices” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-348]
  • ITP-466 “Building the High Tech Startup” (4 units)
  • ITP-468 “Connected Devices Project” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-228 and ITP-348]
  • ITP-476 “Technologies for Interactive Marketing” (4 units)

Specialization (8 units)
Complete one of the following (2 units):
  • ITP-109 “Introduction to Java Programming” (2 units)
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units)
  • ITP-165 “Introduction to C++ Programming” (2 units)
Core requirements (6 units):
  • ITP-228 “Computer-Aided Modeling for 3D Product Design” (2 units)
  • ITP-348 “Introduction to Physical Computing” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-109, ITP-115, or ITP-165]

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

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 3 to 7 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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