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.
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