Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Changing the World One Map at a Time
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.
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
- Community developer
- Community resource specialist
- Digital cartographer
- Emergency management specialist
- Geointelligence specialist
- 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
- 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.