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If you think maps are just the apps that help get us from here to there, think again. Today Geographic Information Science or GIS—the technologies that empower way-finding apps and more—help us do everything from make business decisions and solve complex societal problems to operating unmanned aerial drones.

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.

Program Options

Want to map the world and world of ideas using advanced technologies? Choose from the following programs:

B.S. in Geospatial Sciences

Geographic Information Systems Minor

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Image of a sample of geospatial careers that include: cartographer, community planning and city planning

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
  • Remote Sensing scientist and technologist
  • Sensor specialist


David Parr_Geospatial SciencesDavid Parr

Assistant Professor David Parr conducts research on the social and technical aspects of the GeoWeb and using citizen science to collect and monitor data.




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Professor Stella Todd studies the spatiotemporal estimation of biomass using remote sensing imagery and the classification of regions.




Learn more about MSU Denver Geospatial Sciences faculty.

Featured Alumni

Amy Larson, MSU Denver ’15, is a GIS analyst for Valdez International Corporation working in the Department of Land Title and Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Alumni at Work

Graduates of MSU Denver’s Geospatial Sciences program have gone on to work for companies such as ESRI, Lockheed Martin, Digital Globe, Golden Software, National Security Agency, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, BIA, the City and County of Denver and the Colorado state government.

Other graduates have gone on to study in post-baccalaureate programs in schools such as:

  • Colorado State University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado

Sample Classes

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These are just some of the Geospatial Sciences courses you will have the opportunity to take:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • GIS Applications
  • Spatial Modeling in Raster
  • Cartography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Variable Topics: Visualization/Programming in Python/Digital Image Processing

Learn more about Geospatial Sciences classes.

Facilities and Resources

The MSU Denver Geospatial Sciences program has a dedicated GIS open computer laboratory, 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.

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