A Career for the 21st Century
Nearly every business and government agency uses spatial data and needs experts to handle it. Recent graduates have found positions in city and county planning agencies, telecommunications, environmental consulting, regional conservation districts, and software development companies.
A Mastery of the Field
Our degree is focused on four broad areas including remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), digital cartography and mapping, and computer science.
Our remote sensing courses teach you learn how to extract and analyze data from airborne platforms, including UAVs or “drones,” and satellites. In several geographic information systems (GIS) courses, you learn how to store, manage, analyze, and present all of this data. In digital cartography and mapping coursework, you learn the fundamentals of cartographic theory, and the art and science of making useful and visually appealing maps. Finally, you will take several computer science courses so that you develop strong skills not only to “point-and-click” through a GIS program, but to develop, troubleshoot, and customize GIS systems.
You'll get a lot of hands-on experience with the same tools used by professionals. We have three dedicated state-of-the art computer laboratories for teaching and student work, and site licenses of ESRI ArcGIS – the leading commercial software in GIS (used by 90% of GIS practitioners), ENVI (commercial software for remote sensing), and Trimble (commercial software for GPS data acquisition), among several others.