Robert Watrel, Interim Department Head
Department of Geography
109 Wecota Hall
Geographic Information Science concerns the use of geographic information and data acquired from satellites and airborne platforms, and from ground based measurements and surveys of human activity and the environment. Geographic Information Science students learn how to work with geospatial data to study relationships, patterns, and trends. In the U.S. the explosion of geospatial data and their increasing use in business, government, and people’s everyday lives has led to a growing demand for qualified Geographic Information Science graduates. Geospatial science is developing rapidly, associated with developments in mobile, satellite and airborne remote sensing, computational, and big data technologies.
Qualified students may also enhance their academic experience and career qualifications with participation in the Geospatial Science Center of Excellence Scholars Program. The program is both an academic and a professional curriculum designed to enable SDSU students to achieve educational and research experiences that uniquely qualify them for a career in GISc/Remote Sensing.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates with a major in Geographic Information Sciences will:
- Demonstrate foundational and specialized knowledge in both the physical and human sciences and their interconnectedness at local, regional, and global scales
- Demonstrate proficiency in the application of appropriate geographical technologies and techniques
- Communicate geographic ideas clearly and effectively (e.g., maps, writing, oral presentations, photos, illustrations, flowcharts, tables, graphs, graphics)
- Apply observations from laboratory and/or field experiences to analyze problems and offer solutions
- Demonstrate the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and synthesize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial-temporal context.
- Explore complex local, regional, and global issues using a geographical perspective to formulate questions and draw informed conclusions that are based on critical scientific analysis and interpretation of information.
Students must earn at least a “C” in each course used to meet the major requirements.
Course Delivery Format
The Geographic Information Sciences program includes lecture, discussion, laboratory research, fieldwork, and travel, with limited online coursework.