Spatial Science is the study of spatial information describing the Earth, its physical features and the built environment. It incorporates fields such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), remote sensing, surveying, and cartography. With its rapid advancement, spatial technology is now part of our daily lives, ranging from personal GPS navigation devices to the sophisticated system for air-traffic control.
Spatial Technology has been identified as one of the targeted industry sectors by the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative. It is projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy requiring new skills sets for workers. Since 2004 the U.S. Department of Labor has invested $6 million to address the workforce needs of the geospatial technology industry. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that the occupational group representing key spatial science occupational categories is one of the groups projected to have the fastest growth from 2002 to 2012.
For this 4-year degree, students have the option to choose one from the two emphasis tracks.
With the continuing investment in computing facilities at the College, students are exposed to the sophisticated and most current hardware and software. They also have opportunities to interact with the many different fields of Forestry and Environmental Science for real-world projects. Upon graduation, students are equipped with comprehensive skills dealing with spatial data that are found everywhere in today and tomorrow’s business sectors.