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Equip yourself with knowledge and hands-on experience in Geographic Information Science, the foundation of modern mapping and spatial technologies.

Register for remote fall courses today!

Looking to continue your studies remotely in a friendly and welcoming environment? Have some extra time on your hands and want to learn something new? Looking for that classroom feel while learning remotely, or maybe you need a class that fits your schedule? Look at the offerings from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with its mix of in-person-like synchronous courses as well as asynchronous courses to fit your schedule. Explore topics covering weather, climate change, geography/GIS, geology, environmental science and more!

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What is a synchronous course? These are listed as SYNCH in the schedule. Synchronous courses are taught online, usually through video conferencing like above, and meet during the time on the schedule. These courses might be a good choice for students who need something on their calendar to keep them engaged in learning. Students will be able to interact live with the professor and other students in the course.

What is an asynchronous course? These are listed as ASYNCH in the schedule. These courses do not regularly meet at a given time, so students are able to work on the course materials on their own time within predetermined time frames. This might be a good choice for students who are good at learning independently or have an unreliable work schedule that might keep them from meeting regularly in a synchronous course, for example.

Check out our course listings here: 

Fall 2020 Course Offerings

Geospatial Science

Changing the World One Map at a Time


About Us

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 Degree Requirements section of the EAS advising page.

 For additional information, advise or to confirm your catalog year, please consult with an EAS Academic Advisor


Why MSU Denver?

MSU Denver’s Geospatial Sciences program will provide you with a deep understanding of Geographic Information Science, which is the foundation of modern mapping and spatial technologies including GPS, web mapping and augmented reality.

GIS is used in almost every industry and field including Environmental Science, Wildlife Biology, Criminal Justice, anthropology, Sociology, Health Information, and Business Analysis. As an MSU Denver Geospatial Sciences student, you will take classes in spatial modeling, GIS applications, cartography, visualization, spatial databases, GIS programming and GIS web mapping. Plus you will complete a GIS internship, senior project and have opportunities to participate in GIS travel study experiences here and in places as far flung as China.

Equipped with this knowledge combined with hands-on experience in advanced geospatial toolkits, you will develop skills that meet the demand for a fast-changing, high-tech GIS career.


Geospatial Sciences Program Facilities and Resources

The MSU Denver Geospatial Sciences program has a dedicated GIS open computer laboratory in addition to a GIS teaching lab and the latest software and devices for working with spatial data. The program also maintains an active GIS Club, which presents hands-on workshops, mapathons, social gatherings and other events.

Career Opportunities for Geospatial Sciences Program Graduates

Geospatial Sciences open a world of opportunities. These are some careers you might pursue with a GIS degree:

  • Business development
  • Cartographer
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Community developer
  • Community resource specialist
  • Demographer
  • Digital cartographer
  • Emergency management specialist
  • Geodesist
  • Geointelligence specialist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Geospatial information scientist and technologist
  • GIS desktop developer
  • Web mapping developer
  • Graphics editor
  • Hazards analyst
  • Market analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Photogrammetric compilation specialist
  • Remote sensing analyst


Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of map projections and scale.
  2. Create quality cartographic products.
  3. Create and manage spatial data, metadata, and databases.
  4. Determine analysis needs, conduct spatial analysis and modeling, and develop scientific reports.
  5. Initiate, manage, and implement geospatial projects.

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The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science


Phone: (303) 615-1177


Location:  Science Building Room 2028  (near the northwest corner of the building on the second floor)

Science Building

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science
Campus Box 22
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362