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What is geospatial information science?

As a geospatial specialist, you'll use spatial data for problem-solving that can’t be done with traditional maps and charts. The GISci program requires strong mathematics background and analytical skills.

Why GIS at OSU?

You'll access two state-of-the-art GIS labs to support your studies, providing you with a specialized course of study involving geospatial technologies such as GIS, the Global Positioning System (GPS) and remote sensing. The Department’s outreach efforts tied to geospatial technologies include a training partnership involving faculty and students in Vietnam and a multi-year project aimed at rebuilding Iraq’s GISci infrastructure.

Career paths

A student who earns a B.S. in GISci degree at OSU will be well-versed in general GISci knowledge and will have competency utilizing GISci hardware and software for the planning, development, and maintenance of spatial and nonspatial databases. More important, students who complete the B.S. degree will have higher order skills involving the analysis of geospatial data, and will be capable of communicating findings with larger audiences. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

 

200kAmericans

routinely use geospatial information within their jobs, reports the U.S. Department of Labor

Highlights

  • Geospatial Information Science (GISci) is increasingly viewed as an attractive career pathway. As geospatial specialists, you will use spatial data for problem solving that can’t be done with traditional maps and charts. The GISci program is for students who have a strong mathematics background and analytical skills. 
  • With a GISci major, you have access to two state-of-the-art GIS labs to support your studies, providing you with a specialized course of study involving geospatial technologies such as GIS, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and remote sensing. The Department’s international outreach efforts tied to geospatial technologies include a training partnership involving faculty and students in Vietnam and a multi-year project aimed at rebuilding Iraq’s GISci infrastructure. 
  • Courses to expect for this major include Digital Tools in Environmental Exploration, Spatial Analysis, and Remote Sensing.

Scholarships

  • Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts and Sciences, and respective Departments.
  • When you complete the OSU admission application, you are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.
  • Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.
  • The Geography Department offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

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