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Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are individually and collectively important aspects of a geospatially-oriented education. The Department of Geosciences offers a geospatial curriculum that is part of a broader Bachelor's of Science degree and requires additional coursework chosen from a list of restricted electives from across the university. We believe this collaboration with other colleges and departments is beneficial to both faculty and students. Our Department was recently named a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Students at the undergraduate level not only develop basic geospatial skills, but also learn object-oriented programming and relational-database/geo-database skills. This set of skills is in high demand in the workforce and for students who choose to pursue advanced degrees.
At the graduate level, students develop spatial modelling skills and continue to learn how geospatial technologies can provide insight into underlying physical processes that shape landscapes, vegetation patterns, water quality and quantity. Students learn how these processes can be broken down into individual landscape/watershed elements suitable for spatial analysis and how the results of those analyses can be appropriately summarized in ways that are useful for management decisions. Graduates of the Geosciences geospatial program will be competitive in the job market and well prepared to succeed both now and foreseeable future. The program is continually expanded and modified as necessary to keep pace with the rapidly evolving geospatial field and to meet the growing demand for geospatial expertise in the public and the private sector.
Graduates of the Geosciences GIS program will be competitive in the job market and well prepared to succeed both now and in the foreseeable future. The program is continually expanded and modified as necessary to keep pace with the rapidly evolving geospatial field and to meet the growing demand for geospatial expertise in the public and private sector.