The University of Southern California B.S. in GeoDesign takes you further

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Geography and geodesign

The USC B.S. in GeoDesign takes you further
than a traditional geography degree.

GeoDesign majors are never confined to the classroom. Whether in a state-of-the-art graphics studio, an interactive research lab, or offsite geography course, GeoDesign majors benefit by working closely with faculty on important study and research.

Venture even further afield by conducting primary research over the summer with world-renowned experts and faculty in international locations. Apply urban planning, geospatial technologies and environmental design principles from abroad to address a Los Angeles-area societal challenge.

GeoDesign majors have presented their geography studies and other research at numerous conferences around the country tacking topics such as:

  • light pollution affecting wildlife, the human experience, and astronomical observations throughout the US National Park System;
  • spatial aspects of adapting to climate change and the specific risks for cities in the US and around the world;
  • spatial inequities in access to water throughout Greater LA;
  • spatial complexities and institutional racism in City of Los Angeles hospital facilities;
  • 3D visualization of building exteriors and interiors to generate real-time routes for emergency responder, disability access, strategic planning, and other essential services; and
  • spatial inequities in those eligible for and utilizing the Cal-Fresh Benefits program.

Be among the first. Our unique academic collaboration and combination of approaches from architecture, planning, and geospatial science, make the USC B.S. in GeoDesign the first undergraduate interdisciplinary program of its kind.

Map your own future, with a B.S. in GeoDesign from USC.

The study of geography helps to explain the world around us and the impact of natural and man-made events. The USC B.S. in GeoDesign extensive geography courses and research to make their own impact on the world. Through GeoDesign, extensive geography courses and research with world-class faculty from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC School of Architecture, and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, GeoDesign majors address complex issues such as population growth, rapid urbanization, water and energy needs, biological conservation, and climate change, as they prepare for professional careers and/or graduate studies.

Expand your graduate studies and professional options with GeoDesign.

Call Dr. Darren Ruddell, a lead faculty member in the GeoDesign Program, to learn more
(213) 740-0512

A B.S. in GeoDesign can help you launch a career as:

  • Architect
  • Cartographer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Developer
  • GIS Specialist
  • Geographer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Ecologist
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Expand your undergraduate studies and professional options with GeoDesign.

Call Dr. Darren Ruddell, a lead faculty member in the GeoDesign Program, to learn more
(213) 740-0512