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Geospatial Information Science

About this Degree

The geospatial information science area of emphasis provides students with a foundation in natural resource management coupled with extensive training in geographic information systems. Students pursuing the Geospatial Information Science area of emphasis are encouraged to also enroll in the GIS Certificate Program through the Department of Geography.

This program is part of Warnell's Natural Resources Management and Sustainability degree.

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What you will learn

Students will learn how to gather and analyze a variety of data sets that correspond with natural resources. Learn to analyze satellite data, information gathered from LiDAR, and drone data from above land or water. Students will also gain experience flying a drone under supervision, and learn how to plan and execute a flight plan.

Other Programs Offered:

Students pursuing the GIS area of emphasis in the natural resource management and sustainability major may be able to complete one or more of the following programs alongside their major.

  • GIS certificate (Have a B or higher in all courses counting toward the GIS certificate, including FANR 3800; students completing the GIS emphasis will have completed the coursework requirements for the certificate)
  • Water Resources certificate (Pick major electives that also fulfill the coursework requirements; several combinations are possible. Students must also complete the associated seminar series.)
  • Informatics certificate (Pick CSCI 2150 as a programming elective and also take INFO 2000 and one course from: BINF 4005, ENGL 4885, GEOG 2011-2011L, HPAM 4410, INFO 4150, or MIST 4610)
Possible Job Titles:

GIS Analyst

Field Technician

Timber Analyst


Increasingly, employers hiring graduates from natural resource programs require training in geospatial analysis. These employers range from forest products companies who use the technology to identify wood supply zones and better schedule truck delivery routes to public agencies that use the technology to delineate habitat for threatened or endangered species.

General Research Information:

Students in this program learn valuable data-gathering skills that can plug into a variety of research.

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