Course Planning

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The B.S. degree in Geospatial Computing is for students who want to use computer science or GIS to solve spatial or quantitative problems about Earth’s complex systems and its distribution of resources, environments, and hazards.

o   Geospatial Computing is an interdisciplinary degree that combines courses in Geology with courses in GIS and/or Computer Science. Students also take courses in statistics and database management.

o   Geospatial Computing majors can earn the GIS certificate (when it is approved) as part of this degree.

o   Students are often hired by geology firms or government entities to be their GIS and/or computer expert.

o   Students are required to complete an internship in their field of study. The internship needs to be taken for campus credit. It can be paid or unpaid.

o   Students are required to complete a research project that showcases their understanding of geology, GIS and Computer Science. Projects are presented at the campus Research and Creative Works Conference.

o   Some students continue their studies by getting a M.S. in GIS or Computer Science; they typically will not be able to get an M.S. degree in geology.

o   Geospatial Computing majors develop important skills that are transferable across many professions.