About the Geospatial Science Program

Geospatial Science is a discipline that focuses on using information technology to understand people, places, and processes of the earth. Spatial analysis of human and physically variables is fundamental to the discipline. Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems technologies are commonly used as measurement, observation and analysis tools. The discipline is a science foremost because the scientific method is used to answer questions and draw conclusions, but also because the discipline acts as a bridge between the human and physical sciences. Tools of inquiry in Geospatial Science include formulating hypotheses, collecting data, conducting statistical analysis of the data, and making conclusions that are supported by the data and evidence.

What makes Geospatial Science different?

What differentiates the discipline from other sciences is that the conclusions include a spatial component. This makes for stronger conclusions and a better understanding of the world, thus allowing decision makers from multiple disciplines to be better informed. The applications of Geospatial Science range from natural and social sciences, to marketing and communications. The U.S. Department of Labor predicted that geospatial jobs would be one of the three fasted growing sectors in the coming decades, giving graduates in Geospatial Science tremendous and diverse opportunities.