Geospatial and Environmental Informatics

The Bachelor of Science in Geospatial and Environmental Informatics  (GSEI) provides students rigorous training in fundamental theories, concepts, quantitative tools, analytical technologies and research skills that are used to acquire spatially referenced information and analyze spatial processes.  Geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), the global positioning system (GPS), satellite-based remote sensing, and computer simulations have penetrated every aspect of our lives.  As a result, professionals with skills in GSEI related areas will be in high demand for collecting, collating, modeling, analyzing, visualizing, and communicating geospatial information.  They range from digital maps in vehicles to the management tools of natural landscapes and city infrastructure.  The area of Geospatial and Environmental Informatics brings information technology, spatial science, data analysis, natural resources and ecological modeling together and enables us to apply them for sustainable management of natural resources.   Students successfully completing this degree will:  1) Understand  the various types of geospatial and environmental data and their spatial and temporal dynamics, 2) Learn various technologies involved in data collection, storage, and data distribution to the end users including data models and structures to store and organize geospatial and environmental information,  and 3) Manipulate data into information for a given environmental problem or related issues for policy making decisions. 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology3MATH 1610 Calculus I4
BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory1BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology3
GEOG 1010 Global Geography3BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory1
COMP 1200 Introduction to Computing for Engineers and Scientists2STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences or 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences3
GSEI 1200 Digital Earth3FOWS 2060 Introduction to Forested Landscapes2
 15 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
History Core3COMP 2000 Network Programming with HTML and Java3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3Core History or Social Science13
Core Literature I3FOWS 2020 3
GSEI 2070 Introduction to Environmental Informatics3Core Literature or Humanities13
Free Elective3GEOG 2020 Physical Geography3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
FORY 5470 GIS Applications in Natural Resources2FORY 5480 GIS Database Design and Analysis2
GEOG 5820 Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing4FORY 4230 Forest Ecology3
COMM 1000 Public Speaking3COMP 3000 Object-Oriented Programming for Engineers and Scientists3
ENGL 3040 Technical Writing3Free Elective3
Core Fine Arts3GSEI 5150 Spatial Statistics for Natural Resources3
 15 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
FOWS 5220 Landscape Ecology3FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy3
FORY 5400 Forest Economics, ECON 3100 Law and Economics, or FORY 4500 Natural Resources Law and Economics3FOWS 5320 Environmental Services3
GEOG 5880 Advanced Geographic Information Systems3FOWS 5880 Ecological Economics3
GSEI 4430 Applications in Environmental Informatics3Free Elective3
GSEI 4360 Environmental Modeling3WILD 3280 Wildlife Ecology, Conservation, and Management, FORY 5410 Forest Management and Administration, or 5250 Wetland Ecology and Management3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
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 Students must take a two-semester sequence in either literature or history

Courses in bold are major courses and those taught within the School must be completed with a C or better.