SSCI 165 has been my favorite course at USC thus far that has transformed my college experience and career aspirations. For those new to GIS, SSCI 165 makes a pragmatic and compelling case for why the concept of place is foundational to policy, public health, urban planning and environmental decision-making. By tying in real world scenarios to hands-on lab work, students can simultaneously acquire in-demand skills and a new perspective in how we analyze the well-being of urban communities.

Avery Fratto, B.S. Environmental Studies; GIS and Sustainability Science Minor ’25