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?
With a major in geospatial information science at OSU, you'll use spatial data for
problem-solving that can’t be done with traditional maps and charts. Two state-of-the-art
labs provide you with technologies such as GIS, the Global Positioning System (GPS)
and remote sensing, and prepare you for a training partnership involving faculty and
students in Vietnam and a multi-year project aimed at rebuilding Iraq’s GISci infrastructure.
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:
GIS Application Developer
Remote Sensing Specialist
routinely use geospatial information within their jobs, reports the U.S. Department
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 are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students
and continuing students through the University, College of Arts and Sciences, and
When you complete the OSU admission application, you are automatically considered
for theUniversity Levelscholarships.
Students are eligible for College Levelscholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at
OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.