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Investigate the interrelationships between human behavior and the planet
In the geospatial information science minor, you will analyze the processes that shape the earth’s surface, including weather systems, climate, landforms, and hydrology, and you’ll explore social processes such as globalization, demographics, urbanization, and cultural identities. Learn geospatial technologies like cartography, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and put theory into practice through hands-on experimentation and research alongside your professors in our GIS and earth science laboratories and in the field.
Check Out the Different Geospatial Information Science Courses Waiting for you at Worcester State
GE-102 Human Geography
Introduction to human geography, emphasizing globalization, human-environment relations, and spatial patterns of population, development, economics, politics, urbanization, and culture.
UR-101 Introduction to Urban Studies
A broad contextual overview of urban life that examines from a systems perspective the relationship of man and his environment.
GS-165 Geographic Information Systems I
Introduction to the use of geospatial technologies including geographic information systems and GPS.
GS-217 Spatial Data Methods
Introduction to the methods used in GIS programming and quantitative geospatial analysis.
GS-218 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the use and analysis of remotely sensed images such as aerial photographs and satellite imagery.
GS-318 Geographic Information Systems II
Advanced production of digital choropleth maps on PCs using a GIS vector-oriented software.
GS-328 Digital Landscape Analysis
Computer based methods of representing, storing and analyzing landscape features. Explores technologies such as LiDAR and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for gathering landscape data and the use of geospatial tools to analyze and represent landscape features. 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab.
GS-348 Fundamentals of Earth Data Analytics
The theory and practice of data analytics using remote sensing and in-situ earth observations and communicating the science.
GS-410 Independent Study: Geography
Opportunity for advanced students to pursue a topic of special interest involving extensive reading, experimentation, and research.
1 to 4 credits
EV-307 American Public Lands: Environmental Issues
Exploration of the environmental management issues on U.S. public lands such as national parks, national forests BLM lands.
EV-420 Advanced Geoscience Research and Fieldwork
Lab and or field-based research on a specific geoscience topic under supervision of a faculty member.
1 to 6 credits
Why Study Geospatial Information Science at Worcester State?
As a student of Geospatial Information Science, you will gain a holistic understanding of the field–inside and outside of the classroom.
There are countless opportunities for students of Geospatial Information Science to take part in research at Worcester State–students have worked in the field across New England, in Canada, and even in Antarctica!
- Mapping Worcester’s Segregation
- Examining Spatial Patterns of Food Environments Near Environmental-Justice Neighborhoods in Worcester, Massachusetts
- The Study of New Successional Growth in Response to Climate Change
- The Effect of Drought on Agriculture in Massachusetts
- Paleofire Research and Climate Change
- Aquatic Invasive Species in Patch Reservoir
- How Did the Postindustrial Change Affect Ground Contamination at a Former Steel Factory?
- Charcoal and Foraminiferal Record from a Coastal Marsh in New Jersey (Cheesequake Marsh)
- The Effects of Micrometeorological Factors and Forest Type on the Presence of Mitchella repens (Partridgeberry)
- 2 majors; 4 minors; 5 Geography concentrations
- Field trips across Massachusetts
- Gamma Theta Upsilon Honors Program
- GIS and Earth Science Laboratories
- Patch Reservoir Research Facility
- Telescope Collection
- Climate Change
- Digital Mapping and Spatial Data Visualization
- Urban Geography
- Renewable Energy
- Sustainable Housing
- Atmospheric Sciences
- Marine Biology
- Green Chemistry
- Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
- Climate Change
- Invertebrate Zoology
- Canoe trips for water sampling
See the diverse career paths that a minor in Geospatial Information Science can prepare you for
Explore a wide range of rewarding professional opportunities.
Environmental Clean-Up Project Manager
Groundwater Sampling Technician
Science & Technology Outreach Coordinator
Science or Technical Writer
Soil & Water Conservationist
Climate Change Analyst