Program in Sustainability and the Built Environment

Geodesign FAQs

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What is Geodesign?

Geodesign is a skillset that allow us to simulate change within a given geographic context using digital technology (adapted from Flaxman and Ervin).

How can I study Geodesign at UF?

Our Geodesign curriculum is offered as a specialization in the Sustainability and the Built Environment major.  We have been teaching Geodesign in our graduate programs for approximately 20 years, and finally we are able to offer this opportunity to undergraduate students.  We know of only one other US undergraduate program with this academic focus and it is offered at the University of Southern California.

When can I choose this as a major/specialization?

Beginning April 18th, 2016, students can enter the Geodesign specialization within the Sustainability and the Built Environment major.  Coursework will begin in Fall, 2016.

Who is eligible to select this major/specialization?

Any Fall 2016 first year, second year or transfer student is welcome to join the major/specialization.

What does the curriculum entail?

The specialization/major is 120 credit hours and includes core sustainability courses along with the Geodesign specialization courses.  Students are encouraged to take the 1 credit Geodesign Colloquium in their first semester to introduce them to area of study and its many possibilities.  Click here to see the curriculum matrix.

What will Geodesign prepare me to do?

The applications of Geodesign are endless.  In our College we tend to focus on the following applications:

  • urban design
  • transportation planning
  • regional conservation planning
  • modeling sea level rise
  • watershed management

But the education received through this major/specialization will also have applications in:

  • healthcare/epidemiology
  • natural resource management
  • agriculture

Are there other resources I can explore to provide me with a better understanding of Geodesign?

We recommend the Esri Geodesign website.