Geospatial Analysis and Mapping

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A Complex World, Big Data

Mapping remains central to understanding spatial patterns and good decision-making in environmental science, urban planning, business/logistics, and more. Today’s geospatial analysis and visualization is defined by technological advances in satellites, GPS, computing, and even drones. We live in a world of big data. Those with geospatial skills can best navigate it.

Taking Mapping to a New Level

Geographic Information Scientists use cutting-edge techniques to

  • gather and integrate data on spatial processes and patterns
  • manage and analyze large datasets
  • effectively map and visualize spatial phenomena
  • work across disciplines to address societal challenges

Foundational Concepts and Advanced SkillsStudents using drone in the field for mapping imagery

Our majors in Geography (and certificate in Geographic Information Science) focus on

  • human and physical geography: spatial processes and patterns
  • GIS theory and techniques
  • advanced techniques in remote sensing, GPS, database design, and coding
  • practical applications of GISci

High-Tech Careers

GISci careers with a “Bright Outlook”—new/emerging or expected to grow—include:

  • Geospatial Information Scientist and Technician
  • GEOINT Intelligence Analyst
  • Remote Sensing Scientist and Technician
  • Data Scientist, Modeler, and App Developer
  • Research Scientist/Engineer

In the Real World