Computing Resources

Email Setup

Visit to find your email account and activate your password. If you're a visiting scholar or any other special circumstance, please contact our system administrator,

Once your account has been activated, you may use USC's webmail services at Please send an email to so that you are added to our department database and to the appropriate email lists below:

Available Software

Official members of the department (on payroll) can contact John Yu,, to have basic software installed on your computer. See the list of available software below:

Department provides:

  • Kaleidagraph 4.12
  • SigmaPlot 9.01 for Windows
  • ArcGIS 10 for Windows

University provides:

Network Connections

USC Guest Wireless
Any one can joing the "USC Guest Wireless" network without registration. Not part of the actual USCnet.
USC Secure Wireless
Requires your USC login.  See  Change of password may be required. Part of USCnet.
Wireless Earth Network
Active members only. Contact for login information. Part of USCnet.
USC LAN (ethernet line)
Computers must be registered before they can use our networked lines. Plugging in unregistered computers will cause active jacks to be suspended. To register your computer for ZHS, email your name, office, and ethernet hardware address (mac? win?) to Part of USCnet.

Computer Lab

Our computer lab (ZHS 130) offers a full variety of hardware & software for individual computations and classroom teaching.

Hours of availability

  • 24/7 to all deparment members
  • See the main office to reserve this room for instructional purposes.
  • See Miguel in 119 for card access.

Other Resources


You must be connected to the "Wireless Earth Network", "USC Secure Wireless", or the USC LAN to add and print to our department printers.

You can find instructions for adding printers and complete list of printers at /earth/printing-instructions

Main Department Printers:

ZHS 119
  • HP Laserjet P3015
ZHS 119 Color
  • HP Color LaserJet 4700dn

Computing Cluster

The department as well as the university provides time on our computational nodes for all members' research. Detailed information can be found at or

Remote connections

You may be able remotely access our department servers or your local workstations remotely. However, you are required to login to VPN first.

For library access, you can either use VPN or sign into

Policies and Guidelines

The department strives to provide as much resources as needed to ensure the success of all its members.  Though not all guidelines are strictly enforced, please use common sense and courtesy.
  • -Excessive printouts.  Please conserve. Print double sided and B&W when possible.  Printers and plotter should be for work purposes only.
  • -No illegal downloads.  Copyright laws apply here and all traffic can be monitored, especially BitTorrent.
  • Zumberge Hall of Science (ZHS)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740
  • Phone: (213) 740-6106
  • Email: