USP Courses

Below is a list of courses offered at UC San Diego that could be taken to fulfill the requirements for the USP major and minor and the RED major and minor. If you have questons, please contact the USP Program.


Course Syllabi

With the consent of the instructor, USP posts syllabi from our courses at the link below. Instructors are not required to consent to the posting of their syllabi so the list may not be complete.


Course Evaluations

In addition to CAPE, USP evaluates its courses and instructors internally. You can reveiw past evaluations at the link below.


Course Pre-authorization

Some courses may have prerequisites or restrictions. If you are interested in taking a USP course but do not meet the pre-requisites, you can request pre-authorization using the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).


Courses for Winter 2019


USP 138: Urban Economic Development

The USP Program is excited to offer a course this winter that hasn't been taught in many years. USP 138 Urban Economic Development will focus on the following topics: regional economic development, community economic development, urban land markets and real estate, fiscal impacts and public finance, and the nexus between spatial models, the environment and economics. The class will host numerous distinguished guest speakers throughout the quarter. The instructor for the class is a nationally renown planner and economist, Bill Anderson. Mr. Anderson is the former director of city planning for the City of San Diego as well as the past national president of the American Planning Association. He current leads the San Diego office of AECOM, a global planning and engineering consulting firm. Mr. Anderson has a bachelor's degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College and master's in city planning from Harvard University. For students that took USP 15 and enjoyed it, this course will be of particular interest because it will build upon the material from that class.


USP 175: Site Analysis

Planners, designers, and developers need to refocus their expertise on how to assess infill and challenging urban sites and how to recycle these sites to create livable, walkable neighborhoods. We must think about a vertical city. The coordination of urban form and land use, combined with transit will be key to accommodating San Diego’s future growth, providing market-rate, affordable housing, and meeting the city’s Climate Action Plan. Demand is increasing for site development that is based on principles of sustainability, walkability, multi-modal transit, mixed-use, and smart growth. This course will investigate an infill site in the Uptown Community of the City of San Diego to learn important factors that influence site development, research applicable land use and zoning regulations, assess development capacity that maximize the site’s potential and makes a difference in the quality of life for the users.


USP 179: Urban Design, Theory & Practice

How can we re-imagine the UCSD campus public realm? The campus is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth evident by construction activity and significant development. To illustrate the challenges that face urban designers, this course will investigate campus spaces that can contribute to our public realm. With increased student enrollment, there is a greater need to activate underutilized spaces on campus, improve pedestrian and bicycle connections, and create places to inspire learning, promote health and well-being. Placemaking can take the form of testing temporary projects to demonstrate the potential for a more permanent solution. Using urban design principles, students will analyze how to transform campus space into multi-use places with increased connectivity. Practical, hands-on exercises will lead up to a final design project using 3D models, illustrative drawings, design guidelines, and performance standards.