USC Center for Sustainable Cities

Improving cities through research, education, and community outreach

Sustainability Education at USC

At USC, sustainable land use and infrastructure education are addressed mainly through programs and courses at the Sol Price School’s Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, through the School of Architecture courses and programs on sustainable design and landscape design, and through the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Civil and Environmental Engineering programs, especially courses in their interdisciplinary Sustainable Infrastructure Systems program.

In the Urban Planning Masters program, relevant courses include courses focusing on smart growth and urban sprawl,  site planning,  transportation planning, and methods and tools for urban sustainability.

In addition, the Price School, in collaboration with the School of Architecture and the Marshall School of Business offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program focused on providing students with a foundation in policy and planning issues in sustainability and the environment. The certificate develops analytic and methodological skills and provides students the knowledge to understand the increasing importance of issues surrounding the environment and sustainability in policy and planning.