Geospatial Science Option
The newest option in Environmental Science debuts in August 2013 following an extensive overhaul of the geospatial science curriculum across campus. The overhaul was based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model, which outlines the skills needed for a successful career in geospatial science.
Geospatial science allows environmental scientists and resource managers to better understand and manage challenges related to socio-environmental issues such as food, energy, public health, and natural resources, including management and conservation of wildlife, fisheries, oceans, forests, rangelands and soils, and wildland recreation resources. It does this by identifying and portraying the geographic location and various characteristics of physical and human environments, creating data layers that allow the geospatial scientist to analyze and understand the spatial relationships among those many variables. Geospatial technologies and analysis are also used extensively in disciplines like Geography and Geology, and applications of geospatial science are even becoming common in some social science disciplines such as economics, anthropology and sociology.
Geospatial science graduates should find work with many of the same employers as students in the other Environmental Science options, including state, federal, and local governments, private environmental planning and consulting firms, and nonprofit environmental protection and advocacy organizations; or go on to graduate programs in such fields such as environmental planning, forestry, watershed management, etc.