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 USP.


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).


New Courses for 2019-2020


USP 4: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
This course provides an entry level introduction to Geographic Information Systems and using GIS to make decisions: acquiring data and organizing data in useful formats, demographic mapping, and geocoding.

Students should NOT enroll in this course if they have previously taken USP 191.

UPSP 25.  Real Estate Principles and Analysis (4) 
An introductory survey course intended to provide a foundation to understand the major terms, concepts and roles of various professionals in the real estate industry. Topics include: real estate as an economic good, the bundle of property rights, public sector involvement, the transaction process, methods of valuation, tax considerations, financing sources and criteria, and the role of the developer. This course features a hands-on approach to analysis of real estate using Excel.

USP 169: Introduction to Green Building

Introduction to Green Building including the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system which explores sustainable strategies in the built environment including site, energy, water, materials, waste and health. Develops a general understanding of concepts and prepares students for the LEED GA exam.

USP 124 is a pre-requisite for this course but may be taken as a co-requisite. You will need to complete an EASy request to take USP 124 as a co-requisite. You can do so at the Pre-authorization link above.

USP 189. Jerusalem: Communities and Conflict

Focusing on contemporary Jerusalem, we will study how urban communities design their territories, politics, and inter-group relations in a state of ongoing competition, and fear of violence. We will discuss not only Jerusalem’s modern history, geography, and sociology, but also broader subjects relating to the Israeli Society and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

USP 189. Urban Challenges: Homelessness in San Diego

USP will be offering a unique two-quarter practicum sequence in Fall ‘19 and Winter ‘20. Professors Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell and Leslie Lewis recently received funding to work with Jewish Family Service of San Diego on an evaluation of its Safe Parking Program. SPP provides safe overnight parking in several secured parking lots in San Diego for homeless individuals and families who live out of their car. While at the parking lots, JFS provides an array of services and resources in order to help all clients ultimately secure positive, permanent housing. This is a new program and the evaluation process will assist JFS as it considers its programmatic responses to the homelessness crisis in San Diego.

Students enrolled in the practicum will receive four units of credit for each of the two courses (8 total units). In fall quarter we will focus on understanding the complexity of the homelessness crisis and students will also learn several research methods that can be employed to evaluate different dimensions of homelessness. In the winter quarter students will conduct research at the SPP parking lots with a primary focus on collecting the oral histories of the SPP clients. The fall class will meet on Tu/Th from 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. and the winter course will meet on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The class size is limited and preferred enrollment was given to USP majors, so interested students must submit an application. The application is available here: The application also contains more information about the course.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, feel free to contact either Prof. Bussell ( or Prof. Lewis (