Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Spatial Sciences Institute

Allen Hancock Foundation Building B55(213) 740-5910

FAX: (213) 740-9687

Email: spatialsciences@dornsife.usc.edu

Director: John P. Wilson, Ph.D.*

Faculty

Professor: John P. Wilson, Ph.D.*

Professor of the Practice of Spatial Science: Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Research): Travis R. Longcore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Teaching): Jennifer N. Swift, Ph.D.

Lecturers: Yao-Yi Chiang, Ph.D.; Jordan T. Hastings, Ph.D.; Su Jin Lee, Ph.D.; Katsuhiko Oda, Ph.D.; Flora Paganelli, Ph.D.; Edward Pultar, Ph.D.; Tarek Rashed, Ph.D.; Darren M. Ruddell, Ph.D; Robert O. Vos, Ph.D.; Daniel N. Warshawsky, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The programs and courses affiliated with the Spatial Sciences Institute explore the various ways in which space is used to acquire, represent, organize, analyze, model and visualize information. They seek to engage students enrolled in a range of academic programs in the natural and social sciences, the humanities and the professional schools.

The Bachelor of Science in GeoDesign is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC School of Architecture and the USC Price School of Public Policy. This degree prepares students for professional careers and/or graduate study.

The undergraduate minor in spatial studies explores how maps and related geospatial techniques may be used to describe, explore and interpret specific places and the natural and human processes.

The M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology provides state-of-the-art training in the core geographic information technologies (GIS, GPS and remote sensing, among others) and the underlying scientific principles and concepts that guide their design and use. This is an online program and may be taken by undergraduate students majoring in other disciplines as a progressive master’s degree.

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology incorporates the same online core courses and electives as the master’s degree and may be taken by master’s and doctoral students majoring in other disciplines.

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in GeoDesign

The Bachelor of Science in GeoDesign is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC School of Architecture, and the USC 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.

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.

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.

PRE-mAJOR COURSES (8 UNITS) UNITS
ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics 4
MATH 116 Mathematics for the Social Sciences 4
CORE COURSES + CAPSTONE COURSE (44 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 301L Maps and Spatial Reasoning 4
SSCI 382L Principles of Geographic Information Science 4
SSCI 412L GeoDesign Practicum (capstone course) 4
SSCI 483L Spatial Science Practicum 4
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, PPD) and will require students to use their knowledge and skills on a real project with a real client.

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 UNITS
ARCH 361L Ecological Factors in Design 3
ARCH 432 People, Places and Culture: Architecture of 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 Sustainable Communities, Policy and Planning 4
SOCI 331 Cities 4
GROUP B: DESIGN, ANALYSIS and COMPUTATION UNITS
ANTH 481 GIS for Archaeologists 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 City and Its Residents 4
Honors

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 412L). Admission to the program is granted by the departmental undergraduate adviser in the semester preceding enrollment in SSCI 412L; students should have a 3.7 GPA in the major at this time.

Minor in Spatial Studies

The spatial studies minor requires a minimum of 20 units, consisting of one lower-division elective, three required courses and an upper-division elective. The minor offers students an opportunity to examine some of the major challenges of the 21st century (climate change, human health and sustainability, urbanization and cultural homogenization, among others) through a spatial lens.

REQUIRED COURSES (12 UNITS) UNITS
SSCI 301L Maps and Spatial Reasoning 4
SSCI 382L Principles of Geographic Information Science 4
SSCI 483L Spatial Sciences Practicum 4
LOWER-DIVISION ELECTIVES (4 UNITS) UNITS
AMST 100 Los Angeles and the American Dream 4
ANTH 201 Introduction to Social Anthropology 4
ANTH 202 Introduction to Archaeology 4
ARCH 105L Fundamentals of Design Communication 2
ARCH 114 Architecture: Culture and Community 2
ARCH 220 The Architect’s Sketchbook 2
BISC 102Lx Humans and Their Environment 4
BISC 140 Human Impact on the Ocean Planet 4
CLAS 212L Archaeology: Interpreting the Past 4
GEOL 108L Crises of a Planet 4
GEOL 150L Climate Change 4
HIST 240 The History of California 4
POSC 265 Environmental Challenges 4
PPD 245 The Urban Context for Policy and Planning 4
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology 4
SSCI 265L The Water Planet 4
UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVES (4 UNITS) UNITS
ANTH 481L GIS for Archaeologists 4
ARCH 432 People Places Culture: Architecture of the Public Realm 4
GEOG 393 Field Techniques 4
JOUR 422 Visual Journalism 4
PPD 306 Visual Methods in Policy, Management, Planning and Development 4
PPD 427L Geographic Information Systems and Planning Applications 4
SOCI 314 Analyzing Social Statistics 4
SOCI 365 Visual Sociology of the City and Its Residents 4

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology

AHF B55B(213) 740-8298

Email: kkelsey@usc.edu

Director: John P. Wilson, Ph.D.

The online M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology requires 28 units of graduate work and provides state-of-the-art training in the core geographic information technologies (geographic information systems, global positioning systems and remote sensing, among others) and the underlying scientific principles and concepts that guide their design and use. The individual courses incorporate multiple curricular pathways tailored to the increasingly diverse backgrounds, occupations and applications that rely on geospatial data, analysis and visualization.

Course Requirements

Twenty-eight units of graduate work are required.

CORE COURSES (16 UNITS) UNITS
SSCI 581 Concepts for Spatial Thinking 4
SSCI 582 Spatial Databases 4
SSCI 587 GPS/GIS Field Techniques 4
SSCI 594ab Master’s Thesis 2-2
ELECTIVES (12 UNITS) UNITS
SSCI 583 Spatial Analysis and Modeling 4
SSCI 585 Geospatial Technology Project Management 4
SSCI 586 GIS Programming and Customization 4
SSCI 588 Remote Sensing for GIS 4
SSCI 589 Cartography and Visualization 4
SSCI 591 Web GIS 4
SSCI 592 Mobile GIS 4

All electives are chosen in direct consultation with the student’s academic adviser based on background, academic interests, etc.

The courses in this program are open to students living and/or working anywhere, including students at USC’s Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. centers. The master’s program can be completed in two to three years as long as students take one or two courses in each of the fall, spring and summer semesters. Continuous enrollment is expected in this program.

Admission Requirements

Four groups of students are served by this program:

1. New students who wish to apply directly to the geographic information science and technology master’s program.

2. Students currently enrolled in the geographic information science and technology graduate certificate program since this certificate program may serve as a possible “stepping stone” toward the master’s program.

3. Students currently matriculated in a USC master’s or doctoral degree program.

4. USC undergraduate students who want to stay for a fifth year and earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Candidates for admission among the first two groups of students must have: (1) a B.A. or B.S. degree or its international equivalent; (2) a minimum 3.0 GPA (A = 4.0). All course work taken at the undergraduate level is used to calculate the GPA. Exceptions will be made in cases of very high GRE scores or some other compelling evidence of potential to excel in graduate studies (e.g., outstanding letters of recommendation). Preference will be given to candidates with significant professional experience working with geographic information systems and related geospatial technologies.

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to submit the following documents: (1) completed application for admission, which can be found online at usc.edu/admission/graduate; (2) statement of purpose; (3) official transcripts from all schools previously attended; (4) two letters of recommendation; and (5) results of the GRE General Test. International students must submit TOEFL scores with a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based examination, or an IELTS score of 7.

The statement of purpose should be uploaded into the online application. This statement should: (1) describe the student’s motivation, field of interest and career goals; and (2) identify potential projects that the student might pursue for the master’s thesis project.

The master’s program utilizes rolling admissions and enrollment based on the standard academic calendar. This means that students may start the program in either the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Those interested in learning more about this program should contact Kate Kelsey, University of Southern California, 3616 Trousdale Parkway, AHF B55B, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0374.

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology

AHF B55B(213) 740-8298

Email: kkelsey@usc.edu

Director: John P. Wilson, Ph.D.

The online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology requires 16 units of graduate work and provides state-of-the-art training in some of the core geographic information science technologies and the underlying scientific principles and concepts that guide their design and use.

Course Requirements

Sixteen units of graduate work are required.

CORE COURSES (12 UNITS) UNITS
SSCI 581 Concepts for Spatial Thinking 4
SSCI 582 Spatial Databases 4
SSCI 587 GPS/GIS Field Techniques 4
ELECTIVES (4 UNITS) UNITS
SSCI 583 Spatial Analysis and Modeling 4
SSCI 585 Geospatial Technology Project Management 4
SSCI 586 GIS Programming and Customization 4
SSCI 588 Remote Sensing for GIS 4
SSCI 589 Cartography and Visualization 4
SSCI 591 Web GIS 4
SSCI 592 Mobile GIS 4

The courses in this program are open to students living and/or working anywhere, including students at USC’s Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. centers. The certificate program can be completed in one to two years as long as students take one or two courses in each of the fall, spring and summer semesters. The graduate certificate program can serve as a possible “stepping stone” toward the geographic information science and technology master’s degree program. Continuous enrollment is expected.

Admission Requirements

Two groups of students are served by this program:

1. New students who wish to apply directly to the geographic information science and technology graduate certificate program.

2. Students currently matriculated in a USC master’s or doctoral degree program (other than the M.S. in geographic information science and technology).

Candidates for admission among the first group of students must have: (1) a B.A. or B.S. degree or its international equivalent; (2) a minimum 3.0 GPA (A = 4.0) undergraduate GPA. All course work taken at the undergraduate level is used to calculate the GPA. Exceptions will be made in cases of very high GRE scores or some other compelling evidence of potential to excel in graduate studies (e.g., outstanding letters of recommendation). Preference will be given to candidates with significant professional experience working with geographic information systems and related geospatial technologies.

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to submit the following documents: (1) completed application for admission, which can be found online at usc.edu/admission/graduate; (2) statement of purpose; (3) official transcripts from all schools previously attended. International students must submit TOEFL scores with a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based examination, or an IELTS score of 7.

The graduate certificate program utilizes rolling admissions and enrollment based on the standard academic calendar. This means that students may start the program in either the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Those interested in learning more about this program should contact Kate Kelsey, University of Southern California, 3616 Trousdale Parkway, AHF B55B, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0374.

Sustainable Cities Graduate Certificate

This multidisciplinary certificate program provides USC master’s and doctoral students with a specialization in urban sustainability problems resulting from the growth of cities caused by natural population increase and massive rural-to-urban population flows. See the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Courses of Instruction

Spatial Sciences Institute (SSCI)

The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

SSCI 101 Workshop in Spatial Analysis (2, FaSp) Introduction to geospatial technologies and data as creative tools for supplementing traditional forms of academic work across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

SSCI 265Lg The Water Planet (4, FaSpSm) An exploration of earth’s water, ranging from water properties, chemistry, and pollution, to groundwater dynamics, watershed processes, and oceanic-atmospheric circulation. Implications for past and future societies. Lecture and laboratory. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 265L.)

SSCI 301L Maps and Spatial Reasoning (4, Fa) Role of maps and spatial reasoning in the production and use of geographic information for representing and analyzing human and environmental activities and events.

SSCI 382L Principles of Geographic Information Science (4, Sp) The various ways in which geography can be used to acquire, represent, organize, analyze, model and visualize information. Laboratories are organized around ArcGIS software suite. Recommended preparation: SSCI 301L.

SSCI 412L GeoDesign Practicum (4, FaSp) Application of design concepts, planning protocols and spatial analysis skills to a complex planning or design problem sponsored by a local public, private or not-for-profit client in a studio setting. Open only to seniors in GeoDesign major. Prerequisite: ARCH 403, PPD 425, SOCI 314, SSCI 483L.

SSCI 483L Spatial Science Practicum (4, Sp) Application of GIS concepts and skills to a local opportunity or problem in a studio setting. May involve site visits, community contact, and presentations. Prerequisite: SSCI 382L.

SSCI 490x Directed Research (1–8, max 12, FaSpSm) Individual research and readings. Not available for graduate credit. Open only to juniors and seniors.

SSCI 499 Special Topics (2–4, max 8) Intensive study of selected topics or regions.

SSCI 581 Concepts for Spatial Thinking (4, FaSpSm) The unique characteristics and importance of spatial information as they relate to the evolving science, technology, and applications of Geographic Information Systems. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 581.)

SSCI 582 Spatial Databases (4, FaSpSm) Design, implementation, and interrogation of relational, object-oriented and other types of geospatial databases. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 582.) Recommended preparation: SSCI 581.

SSCI 583 Spatial Analysis and Modeling (4, FaSp) Examination of the process of geographic abstraction and modeling in relation to the different data models and spatial analysis operations available in current GIS. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 583.) Recommended preparation: SSCI 581.

SSCI 585 Geospatial Technology Project Management (4, FaSm) Concepts, principles, and use of project management tools and the people issues encountered running GIS projects. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 585.) Recommended preparation: SSCI 581.

SSCI 586 GIS Programming and Customization (4, FaSp) Design, coding, and implementation of GIS-based software and models with Java and Visual Basic.NET programming languages. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 586.) Recommended preparation: SSCI 581.

SSCI 587 GPS/GIS Field Techniques (4, FaSpSm) Field exploration of methods and problems of data acquisition and integration using GPS/GIS data collection systems at Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 587.)

SSCI 588 Remote Sensing for GIS (4, FaSp) Principles of remote sensing, satellite systems, and role of remote sensing data in GIS applications. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 588.) Recommended preparation: SSCI 581.

SSCI 589 Cartography and Visualization (4, FaSm) Principles of visual perception, spatial cognition and cartographic design and their contributions to the maps, animations, virtual reality and multimedia displays produced with modern GIS. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 589.) Recommended preparation: SSCI 581.

SSCI 590 Directed Research (1–12, FaSpSm) Research leading to the master’s degree in cognate fields. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

SSCI 591 Web GIS (4, FaSm) Design, implementation, and technological building blocks (including GML) for distributed web-based services. (Duplicates credit in the former GEOG 591.) Recommended preparation: SSCI 581.

SSCI 592 Mobile GIS (4, SpSm) Design, coding, and implementation of mobile GIS applications using the Java and Javascript object-oriented programming languages. Recommended preparation: SSCI 591.

SSCI 594abz Master’s Thesis (2-2-0, FaSpSm) Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded CR/NC.

SSCI 599 Special Topics (2–4, max 8) Seminar in selected topics in the spatial sciences.