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Advising Information

Undergraduate Advisement

Each semester, all Biomedical Engineering students will have a Mandatory Advisement Hold on their record.  This hold is designed to ensure that you are meeting with your advisor regularly to discuss your classes.  Once you have met with your advisor, the hold will be lifted and you will be able to register once your registration window opens.  You registration window date is determined by your earned unit count. 

The advisor for first year BME students is Christine Franks (RTH 110, cfranks@usc.edu, 213-740-4530).  The advisor for all Transfer BME students, as well as sophomores-seniors, is Christopher Noll (DRB 140, cnoll@usc.edu, 213-740-0335).

Some classes will have pre-requisite or co-requisite classes.  These are classes that must be taken prior to another course, or prior to or at the same time as another course.  If you do not have the pre-req course, you may be able to request a pre-req waiver by asking the professor to approve your taking the course without the pre-req.

In addition, some classes require Departmental Clearance (“D-Clearance”).  This requirement is separate from a prerequisite or co-requisite course requirement, but is used by departments to control access to their courses.  D-Clearance is provided by the department that offers the course.


To make your mandatory advising appointment as productive as possible, please be sure to do the following in advance:
  1. Review your STARS report, which is available online through OASIS. This report tells you how far along you are in your program, as well as which specific requirements you have yet to complete. If there are any errors in the information, please notify me as soon as possible. OASIS also lists your Permit to Register, which gives the specific day & time you can sign up for classes.
  2. Review your flowchart, which gives you a suggested sequence of courses. Copies of the flowcharts are available online in the Viterbi Handbook. Although you are not required to take courses in this order, it will ensure that your pre-requisites line up.
  3. Decide which classes you would like to take next semester. Check the online schedule of classes (www.usc.edu/soc) to make sure the times of the courses you are interested in do not overlap.
All information contained here is summarized from the USC Catalogue and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USC catalogue.