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Geospatial Science & Technology

Geographic concepts and geospatial technologies: GIS, Remote Sensing, and Cartography

The Geospatial Science & Technology program uses technological tools to solve a variety of geographic problems in fields such as urban planning, business, intelligence, scientific research, and environmental management. The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified GIS as one of the top three careers poised for explosive growth in the future. You will learn a variety of technical skills currently in demand in the job market, but we also focus on the fundamental principles of geography and geographic information that will enable you to solve difficult spatial problems and adapt to a constantly changing industry.

Career Opportunities

  • Career Paths: (Geospatial careers are very diverse, so this emphasis will help you develop skills in five areas):
    • geographic information science
    • geographic information systems
    • remote sensing
    • Cartography
    • application development
  • Possible job titles include: GIS Technician, GIS Analyst, Project Manager, Application Developer, Cartographer, Image Analyst, Business Site Location Analyst

Median Salary: $85,000/yr

Expected Learning Outcomes

The Course Work for this emphasis will teach you how to think and work spatially, how to manage and analyze digital geographic information, how to deal with the observation and analysis of geography from the air or space, how to effectively communicate visual geographic information via maps, how to write software to automate geospatial tasks and how to analyze data to describe geographic phenomena and test theories about them.

Geospatial Science & Technology Program Requirements

All graduates of the FHSS Geography department will receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography with an emphasize a specific area of geography. Your emphasis may be in:

*also available as minors, Geography Teaching and Geospatial Science & Technology are also available as minors

Geography Department Learning Outcomes

Geography at BYU strengthens the geographic awareness, knowledge, and skills of our students, the University, and the community through the following activities:

  1. Providing a solid introduction to core geographic concepts and ways of creating knowledge;
  2. Providing students with skills for generating and interpreting knowledge and to ensure that geography majors complete programs with adequate skills for competing successfully in the workplace or in graduate school;
  3. Advancing the discipline of geography, especially in those areas which benefit the university, local/regional community and the worldwide church;
  4. Developing research, education, and service relationships for students and faculty with others in the university, community and the discipline.

College of Family, Home and Social Science Mission Statement

The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is composed of departments that study patterns of human behavior from diverse disciplinary approaches. Teaching and scholarship rely on social scientific methodology to learn about human behavior and human societies, their histories, organization, governments, and economies. As the name implies, the college is particularly concerned with studying the family as the basic unit of society. The many institutes and centers within the college provide opportunities for faculty and students to further research and disseminate scholarship.

Students in the college gain a broad education that helps develop an appreciation of the values of modern civilization and prepares them to contribute effectively as citizens. The knowledge and skills gained in the varied disciplines prepare them well for graduate study and professional careers. Many of the departments and programs housed within the college provide opportunities for student learning outside the classroom through internships and faculty-mentored teaching and research experiences.