Mobile App Development

Design and program innovative and standards-compliant applications for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Learn how to design mobile interfaces, use libraries to build apps that have the proper look and feel, and handle user input.

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Skills
  • Android development
  • iOS development
  • UI design
  • Mobile app ideation
Careers
  • Mobile Developer
  • UX Designer
  • Interaction 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 (18 units)
Core requirements (6 units):
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units) 
        or ITP-116 "Accelerated Python for Programmers" (2 units)
  • ITP-265 “Object-Oriented Programming” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115 or ITP-116]
Complete one of the following (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]
Electives (8 units):
  • ITP-303 “Full-Stack Web Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-310 “Design for User Experience” (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-344 “Advanced iOS App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-342]
  • ITP-345 “Advanced Android App Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-341]
  • ITP-382 “Mobile Game Development” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-265 or CSCI-103]
  • ITP-442 “Mobile App Project” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-341 or ITP-342]
Substitutions:

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-216 "Applied Python" (2 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115 or ITP-116]

Specialization (10 units)
Core requirements (6 units):
  • ITP-115 “Programming in Python” (2 units) 
        or ITP-116 "Accelerated Python for Programmers" (2 units)
  • ITP-265 “Object-Oriented Programming” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-115 or ITP-116]
Complete one of the following (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]

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.

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

-Zihan Zhu, Computer Science "A minor in Mobile Application Development helped me find my career interests, learn practical mobile app development skills, and understand how to create apps that provide great user experience." -Zihan Zhu, Computer Science Class of 2021 What our students and alumni say
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