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 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).


New Courses for Fall 2018

USP 50: Real Estate and Development Colloquium (2)

In this course, students will attend weekly seminars presented by leading researchers and practitioners in the field of real estate and development. Students will learn about best practices and innovative case studies from the field. 

USP 140: Healthy Placemaking (4) 

This course introduces students to the concept and practice of "placemaking" - a collaborative process for creating public spaces that are vibrant, equitable, inclusive, and salutogenic. Students will gain an understanding of healthy placemaking as a strategy for building a more just and sustainable society.

USP 189: Special Topics: Climate Action Planning (4)

Using San Diego as a case study, this class explores the planning strategies a city can use to mitigate its carbon footprint, adapt to climate impacts, and promote environmental and climate justice. Central questions include: how does climate change magnify existing socio-economic inequality, what makes a good climate action plan, and how does San Diego's current climate action plan measure up?

USP 189: Special Topics: Urban Growth, Disaster, & Resilience (4)

This course examines opportunities and challenges for 22nd Century global urbanization to create more livable, sustainable and resilient cities. Required reading provides an overview of risk assessment, shock absorption, and adaptation.  Students through facilitated discussion, exercises, and case-based projects will practice design thinking and systems thinking to address stress and change from earthquakes, forest fires, droughts, violent conflict, financial crisis, and flooding.  Learn how leaders may support social and ecological systems absorption of disturbances while retaining core functionality.