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Geospatial Technology

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The certificate in Geospatial Technologies develops a broad understanding of concepts foundational to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies, as well as practical skills in utilizing these technologies to serve a wide range of disciplines. The program emphasizes the application of geographic information tools and spatial thinking skills to government, scientific, business and even humanistic fields such as history.

 

The Student Experience

A minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to give students a broad understanding of the geographic concepts that underpin GIS and related geospatial technologies, as well as develop practical skills in utilizing these technologies to address applications in a wide range of disciplines and domain areas. 

Beyond the Classroom

The structure of this minor goes beyond ‘software knowledge’ and introduces students to fundamental theories related to spatial thinking and geographic information, and provides training in the tools and techniques required to utilize GIS and geospatial technologies in professional settings. In addition, students will explore the social and cultural impacts of the increasing use of these technologies in both the public and private sectors.

Areas of Study
  • GEOG 200 Digital Earth
  • GEOG 204 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS
  • MSCI 331/331L Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing/Laboratory
  • GEOG 310 Digital Cartography
  • GEOG 311 Earth Observation
  • PHYS 432/432L Remote Sensing of the Environment/Laboratory
  • ARTD 201 Graphic Design I
  • CSCI 203 Introduction to Web Application Development
  • CSCI 225 Introduction to Relational Database and SQL
  • GEOG 310 Digital Cartography
  • GEOG 311 Earth Observation
  • GEOG 399 Independent Study
  • GEOG 400 Geospatial Intelligence
  • GEOG 491 Special Topics in Geography/GIS
  • PHIL 315 Technology and Human Values
  • PHYS 432/432L Remote Sensing of the Environment/Laboratory
  • POLI 495 Internship in Political Science

Information

  • Holley Tankersley, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Politics and Geography, 843-349-2949 orhtankers@coastal.edu