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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 GSIS program requires a strong mathematics background and analytical skills.

Why GSIS at OSU?

Two state-of-the-art labs provide you with technologies such as geographic information system mapping (GSIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS), and remote sensing. We can help prepare you for a training partnership involving faculty and students in Vietnam and a multi-year project aimed at rebuilding Iraq’s GSIS infrastructure.
 

 

Career paths

A student who earns a B.S. in GSIS degree at OSU will be well-versed in general GSIS knowledge and will have competency utilizing GSIS 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 (GSIS) 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 GSIS program is for students who have a strong mathematics background and analytical skills. 
  • With a GSIS major, you have access to two state-of-the-art GSIS 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 GSIS 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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