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Geographic Information Science

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Geographic information science is a rigorous, in-depth program for students interested in the application of information technology to the spatial dimensions of Earth’s human and physical systems. It is ideal for those pursuing a career in the rapidly growing spatial technology sector or for those considering graduate study in geography and related disciplines. Students attain substantial general quantitative and technical skills, as well as practical experience applying them to important problems in settings ranging from local to global. 


Geographic information science jobs are available at a range of public and private organizations. The geospatial technology sector has been growing at double-digit rates for several decades. It is one of nine industries targeted by the federal government because it is important in shaping the future and because organizations are hurt by critical shortages of qualified workers in this technology. 

Alumni work at: 

  • National Geographic
  • Intel Corporation
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Government agencies
  • PM Environmental
  • Prein&Newhof
  • Geographic Information Services, Inc.

Alumni work as: 

  • Cartographers
  • Remote-sensing technicians
  • Geographic information system managers
  • Project managers
  • Production coordinators
  • Operations managers
  • Consultants

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