The Geospatial Sciences Program at MSU Denver provides students with the theoretical knowledge and technical training to become proficient in Geographic Information Science (GIS), remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), mapmaking and data management in order to define and solve problems in the real world. We offer a major in Geospatial Sciences (BS), a minor, and certificate in Geospatial Sciences. Our Program includes a dedicated GIS open computer laboratory in addition to a GIS teaching lab, the latest software and devices for working with spatial data, and offers a wide range of classes to enable students to develop mastery in the discipline.
You can review major, minor and concentration requirements by clicking on the links below or by visiting the EAS Degree Check Sheets section of the EAS website.
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Geospatial Scientists use advanced visualizations and manage complex spatial data to solve social and environmental problems. Geospatial Sciences encompasses the scientific disciplines that study the methods to capture, represent, process, analyze, and visualize geographic information. Geospatial Scientists are employed in critical business, government and organizational positions including city planning, land management, forest management, policing, military, epidemiology, natural resources extraction, business planning, web development, spatial database management, map production, project management, computer modeling, and environmental science.
The GIS Minor gives students an opportunity to develop skills in geospatial data development, analysis, and visualization that can be applied to myriad disciplines where location data is important to decision-making. Many disciplines dealing with people, resources, planning, and design benefit from an understanding of spatial data. Students must complete each course with a grade of “C-” or better.
The GIS Certificate option serves working professionals and students interested in developing proficiency in Geospatial Sciences. GIS education has become an integral part of many academic disciplines and professions, including natural resources, environmental science, geography, geology, planning, anthropology, civil engineering, criminal justice, business, biology, health sciences, social sciences, aerospace engineering, and others. In order to develop a high-level of proficiency, the GIS course requirements for the GIS Certificate are similar to those of the Geospatial Sciences major. Students must complete each course in a certificate program with a grade of “C-” or better and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in the GIS certificate program. Students should consult with an advisor to prepare a program plan.
The Geospatial Sciences major provides students with the theoretical knowledge and technical training to develop proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cartography, database systems, and vector and raster analysis in order to define and solve problems in the management, conservation, and improvement of natural and human environments. A grade of “C-” or better is required for all Geospatial Sciences coursework. The degree is an extended major that does not require a minor.
Students who complete the degree will be able to demonstrate an understanding of map projections and scale; create quality cartographic products; create and manage spatial data, metadata, and databases; determine analysis needs, conduct spatial analysis and modeling, and develop scientific reports; and initiate, manage, and implement geospatial projects.
- To prepare students for applied opportunities in an array of geospatial sciences, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, cartography, and geovisualization;
- To develop student competency in oral communication, scientific writing, and visualization; and
- To build critical learning proficiencies regarding geospatial data, quantitative analysis, technologies, and advancements.
- Demonstrate understanding of map projections and scale.
- Create quality cartographic products.
- Create and manage spatial data, metadata, and databases.
- Determine analysis needs, conduct spatial analysis and modeling, and develop scientific reports.
- Initiate, manage, and implement geospatial projects.