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Why study Spatial Sciences at USC?

USC Spatial students make real-world impact

Whether they are engaged in issues of climate change, healthy communities, or sustainability, USC students in spatial sciences courses work side-by-side with renowned interdisciplinary faculty as they apply geospatial science and technologies to address complex global challenges.

Using resources in architecture, geographic information science, geospatial technologies,  urban and regional planning, environmental science, and computer and data science, GIS and Sustainability Science minors, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minors, Spatial Studies minors, and B.S. in GeoDesign majors are making our world a better place. From furthering the renaissance of the historic Broadway district in downtown Los Angeles to promoting urban renewal in The Netherlands and China, USC Spatial students are using the principles and methodologies of geodesign to bring about a more sustainable and healthy future.

Read more about the successes of USC Spatial students — the awards and honors they win, the presentations they make at conferences, and the research they conduct — in the semi-annual letters from the director of the Spatial Sciences Institute.

Act globally and locally

Take advantage of the Spatial Sciences Institute’s summer research-based course SSCI 350: International GeoDesign, designated as a signature USC Dornsife “Problems Without Passports” course. View the video of the summer 2014 International GeoDesign experience.

From May 28 through June 28,2019, conduct research and work on with international GeoDesign experts in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, and Los Angeles on a professional project. Students will apply Dutch urban planning, geospatial technologies, and environmental design principles to address an LA-area societal challenge of their choice. While at the Vrije University Amsterdam for the two-week field experience, students will create urban renewal projects in Amerstdam-Zuidoost (South East) with Dutch GeoDesign practitioners and faculty from Vrije University Amsterdam and USC. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with Dutch students in a state-of-the-art geodesign lab.

Applications are due to Professor Laura Loyola (loyola@usc.edu) in February 2019. Space is limited.

The first undergraduate program of its kind

The USC Minor in Spatial Studies and B.S. in GeoDesign comprise the first undergraduate interdisciplinary programs of their kind in the world. These programs prepare 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. With these reasoning and scientific skill sets, students can use the underlying spatial science principles, methods, and tools as they engage in sustainable planning, facility and infrastructure management, the design of livable and healthy communities, the delivery of water, energy, and other resource needs, and the impact of population growth.

To learn more, talk with:

Dr. Laura Loyola, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, 3616 Trousdale Parkway, AHF B55, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0374, loyola@usc.edu | (213) 740-5612.


SSI Director’s Letters