The Bachelor of Science in GeoDesign is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. This degree prepares students for professional careers and/or graduate study by engaging them in the acquisition, representation, analysis, modeling and visualization of spatial information set in the context of the built environment and policy. The underlying spatial principles, methods and tools can be used to support sustainable planning, facility and infrastructure management, the design of livable and healthy communities, and a series of regional planning applications to address pollution, water and energy needs, and the impact of population growth on the environment. The major electives provide students with opportunities to explore one or more facets of the built environment and a series of complementary analytical and visualization tools in more detail. Finally, the major is structured to provide students with sufficient elective credits to explore minors or other programs at USC so they can broaden their education to better prepare themselves for the next stage of their lives.
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Professor Darren Ruddell
General Education Requirements
The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program requires six courses in different categories, plus writing and diversity requirements, which together comprise the USC Core.
A minimum grade of C, 2.0 (A=4.0) must be earned in each of the Core Courses and the Capstone Course. In addition, a minimum grade point average of C (2.0) or higher must be achieved in the major to earn the GeoDesign degree. No more than 16 units of Core Courses may be taken prior to the successful completion of the GeoDesign pre-major requirements.
Both pre-major requirements must be taken for a letter grade and a minimum grade of C, 2.0 (A=4.0), must be earned in each of the pre-major courses.
|PRE-MAJOR COURSES (8 UNITS)||UNITS|
|ECON 203||Principles of Microeconomics|
|MATH 116||Mathematics for the Social Sciences||4|
|CORE COURSES (40 UNITS)||UNITS|
|ARCH 203||Visualizing and Experiencing the Built Environment||4|
|ARCH 303||Principles of Spatial Design I||4|
|ARCH 403||Principles of Spatial Design II||4|
|PPD 227||Urban Planning and Development||4|
|PPD 417||History of Planning and Development||4|
|PPD 425||Designing Livable Communities||4|
|SOCI 314||Analyzing Social Statistics||4|
|SSCI 301||Maps and Spatial Reasoning||4|
|SSCI 382||Principles of Geographic Information Science||4|
|SSCI 483||Spatial Sciences Practicum||4|
|SSCI 412||GeoDesign Practicum|
Major Electives (24 Units)
A suite of courses that further the development of practical, theoretical, and field knowledge and skills, including computer graphics, drawing, policy analysis, public finance, and statistics. Choose additional electives from the two lists equal to six courses (24 units) in all. No more than two courses may be lower division (100 or 200 level). At least two courses must come from Group A and two courses from Group B.
|GROUP A: BUILT ENVIRONMENT||UNITS|
|ARCH 361L||Ecological Factors in Design||3|
|ARCH 432||People, Places and Culture: Architecture in the Public Realm||4|
|HIST 347||Urbanization in the American Experience||4|
|POSC 363||Cities and Regions in World Politics||4|
|PPD 410||Comparative Urban Development||4|
|PPD 420||Environmental Impact Assessment||4|
|PPD 461||Sustainability Planning||4|
|GROUP B: DESIGN, ANALYSIS & COMPUTATION||UNITS|
|ANTH 481||GIS for Archaeology||4|
|ARCH 307||Digital Tools for Architecture||3|
|ARCH 370||Architectural Studies – Expanding the Field||2|
|FADN 102||Design Fundamentals||4|
|HIST 493||Quantitative Historical Analysis||4|
|PPD 306||Visual Methods in Policy, Management, Planning and Development||4|
|PPD 427L||Geographic Information Systems and Planning Applications||4|
|SOCI 365||Visual Sociology of the Urban City and Its Residents||4|
All students will take four units of a capstone experience during their senior year. This may be fulfilled by taking SSCI / ARCH / PPD 412 GeoDesign Practicum (4 units) which may be offered by any of the three units cross-listed and will require students to use their knowledge and skills on a real project with a real client.
Candidates for the B.S. in GeoDesign can receive an honors degree by meeting these requirements: a 3.7 GPA in department courses at the time of graduation; completion of an honors research project or thesis under the guidance of a faculty member (SSCI 412). Admission to the program is granted by the departmental undergraduate advisor in the semester preceding enrollment in SSCI 412; students should have a 3.7 GPA in the major at this time.