May 14, 2021
The Geospatial Science program provides specialized course work for students who seek training in geospatial information systems, digital cartographic techniques, and their applications; and for students seeking a solid background in geospatial science in preparation for careers in geoinformatics or environmental planning and management. The major focuses on GIS; geospatial analysis methods; and land use, watershed management, and other natural resources management issues. Technical strengths include geographic information systems (GIS), digital cartographic techniques, and digital image processing as well as field research methods.
Requirements for Geospatial Science majors are listed below. All majors must take the same Required Core courses and must complete course work in one of two concentrations.
Required Core Courses (31 credits)
Concentrations (29-33 credits)
Majors must choose at least one of the two concentrations shown below.
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the B.A. language requirements described here .
Students should consult with their academic advisors in choosing elective courses to complete the 120 semester hours required for graduation.
Total Credits Needed for Degree 120
To graduate with a major in Geospatial Science, a student must have a grade point average of 2.3 in all courses taken for major requirements including those from other departments.
Environmental Concentration (29-31 credits)
Geospatial scientists make important contributions to both the prevention and remediation of environmental problems, from waste management to species conservation. This concentration is intended to give geospatial science students the knowledge and skills to be able to do so.
Required Courses (20 credits)
Two chosen from among the following in consultation with advisor: (6-7 credits)
One course from among the following: (3-4 credits)
A minor in a complementary field is strongly encouraged.
*Please note that these courses have prerequisites, in some cases more than one. Consult this catalog for current requirements.
Geoinformatics Concentration (30-33 credits)
The Geoinformatics concentration emphasizes the development of skills in cartography, remote sensing, and computer applications. Requirements are 15-16 hours of geospatial science and 15-17 semester hours to be selected from courses listed in art, mathematics, computer science, and English.
Required Geospatial Science Courses (15-16 credits)
Required Courses outside Geospatial Science (15-17 credits)
Three courses from among the following: