Programs

Bachelor of Science in GeoDesign

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The Bachelor of Science in GeoDesign is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Spatial Sciences Institute, the USC School of Architecture and the USC Price School of Public Policy. This degree treats planning as a globally relevant framework for collective action, the spatial sciences as a platform for supporting science-based decision-making, and design as a vehicle for solving the world's wicked problems. 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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Major Requirements
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.

 

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.

 

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 at least six courses (24 units) in all. At least two courses must come from Group A and two courses from Group B.

 

Capstone Course
All students will take four units of a capstone experience during their senior year. This may be fulfilled by taking SSCI 412L GeoDesign Practicum (4 units), which may be offered by any of the three units cross-listed (SSCI, ARCH and PPD) and will require students to use their knowledge and skills on a real project with a real client

 

For more information about this program of study, contact the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

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Following is the program curriculum for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. 

 

The official source of information for USC Academic Policies and Procedures is the USC Catalogue.

 

For more information about this program of study, contact the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

 

Pre-Major Courses 8 Units
ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics 4
MATH 116 Mathematics for the Social Sciences 4

 

Core Courses + Capstone Course 44 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
RED 417 History of Planning and Development 4
RED 425 Designing Livable Communities 4
SOCI 314 Analyzing Social Statistics 4
SSCI 301L Maps and Spatial Reasoning 4
SSCI 382L Principles of Geographic Information Science 4
SSCI 412L GeoDesign Practicum (capstone course) 4
SSCI 483L Principles of Geographic Information Science 4

 

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 at least six courses (24 units) in all. At least two courses must come from Group A and two courses from Group B.

 

Group A: Built Environment at least 2 courses
Group B: Design, Analysis and Computation at least 2 courses

 

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