This program uses technological tools to solve a variety of geographic problems in fields as varied as city government, business, scientific research, and public land management. The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified GIS as one of the top three careers poised for explosive growth in the future. In the GIS program, students learn a variety of technical skills currently in demand in the job market, but it also focuses on the fundamental principles of geography and geographic information that will make students more able to solve difficult problems, and adapt to a constantly changing industry.
Geospatial careers are very diverse, so this emphasis provides a basic education (and options for advanced specialization) in five areas:
This emphasis is ideal for students who enjoy: maps, computers, working in both the field and the office, solving difficult problems, and mixing their creative and technical talents.