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Geography and Environmental Engineering

A guide to the academic majors within the department identifying resources used in the study of human geography, environmental geography, GIS, environmental engineering, and environmental science

Welcome to GIS

The Geospatial Information Science Program uses a hands-on approach to teach the science behind the technologies that locate, measure, and quantify geographic phenomena.   Specialized courses, taught with an application focus and using state-of-the-art computer facility, introduce the various components of geospatial science.  GIS courses are taught with extensive hands-on use of digital technology in the Geographic Science Laboratory (GSL) and in the field.  Cadets use GPS, view and analyze satellite imagery, build map databases and produce maps with state-of-the-art hardware and software.  Geospatial technology connects data to a map, integrating location data (where things are) with all types of descriptive information (what things are like there). This provides a foundation for mapping and analysis that is used in science and almost every industry.

GIS is expected to be one of the leading growth industries over the next decade. GIS has almost countless applications whether in the military, civilian, government, or non-profit sectors.  The military relies on geospatial technology and data to achieve information dominance on the battlefield. Examples include: GPS, satellite imagery, real-time force tracking, sensor integration, and massive geographic databases.



    • Founded in 1934, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is a scientific association serving more than 7,000 professionals worldwide. Our mission is to promote the ethical application of active and passive sensors, the disciplines of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and other supporting geospatial technologies; to advance the understanding of the geospatial and related sciences; to expand public awareness of the profession; and to promote a balanced representation of the interests of government, academia, and private enterprise. We are The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society.
  • Digital Commons: GIS
    • The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.
  • Directions Magazine - GIS News
    • Directions Media is the leading source of geospatial information technology, news and commentary for “all things location.” We keep our readers informed with the latest geospatial technology trends and issues through newsletters, blogs, podcasts, industry Channels and webinars. Our readers gain an “inside edge” by reading our publications and attending our events.

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