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. 

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
GSEI 1200 Digital Earth 3Core History or Social Science13
Free Elective3 
 16 14
STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences3GSEI 2070 Introduction to Environmental Informatics3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3NATR 2020 Natural Resources Field Methods3
History Core3Core Literature or Humanities13
Core Literature I3COMP 1210 Fundamentals of Computing I3
Free Elective3GEOG 1030 Global Systems Land/Water 4
 15 16
FORY 5470 GIS Applications in Natural Resources2FORY 5480 GIS Database Design and Analysis2
GEOG 5820 Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing4FORY 4230 Forest Ecology3
ENGL 3040 Technical Writing3FOWS 5220 Landscape Ecology (Or Free Elective)23
COMM 1000 Public Speaking3Core Fine Arts3
Free Elective3GSEI 5150 Spatial Statistics for Natural Resources3
 15 14
GSEI 5360 Environmental Modeling3FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy3
GSEI 5430 Applications in Environmental Informatics3NATR 4240 Watershed Management3
NATR 5880 Ecological Economics3GEOG 5400 Geography of Natural Hazards23
GEOG 5890 GIS Programming3FOWS 5220 Landscape Ecology (or Free Elective)23
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

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