The Geospatial Center offers a variety of academic opportunities for a variety of different degrees. With these flexible programs, there are many routes our students can take to complete their education.

Undergraduate Programs (available fully online)

Bachelor of Applied Science in Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence

This 68-hour major program of study provides students with basic and advanced skill sets in all aspects of geospatial information technologies. Learn More…

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

This program allows students to combine the fundamentals of 2 or 3 different but complementary fields of study together into a customized major. Learn More…

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

This degree program requires foundation coursework in geospatial technologies and allows for an options GIT concentration. Learn More…

Certificate Program (available fully online)

Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence Certificate Program

The Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence (GAI) Certificate program is an intensive 21 credit-hour program of study open to all students. Students will learn advanced skills in remote sensing, GIS, analytics, programming, spatial data management, and intelligence analysis. Learn More…

Graduate Programs (available fully online)

Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies

The MAS-GIT is 16-month online degree program that offers advanced coursework, practicum, and independent research opportunities in the application of geospatial science and technologies. Learn More…

Students should look to an Academic Map when considering courses to find specific courses required in their major.

Courses Offered

(online courses are available)

Geospatial Primer GIS 100

Presented as an introductory-level course, students will explore spatial technologies through cartography. They learn to understand scale, projections, coordinate systems, layout styles, and similar concepts through the review of existing map products. With the knowledge of the history of maps and their impact as visualization tools, students are also able to create their own maps.

3 Hours


Introduction to GIS GIS 202

An introduction to the theory and practice of spatial science and technology using the scientific method as a learning gateway. Fundamental concepts include geodesy, coordinate systems and projections, basic computer science, inductive/deductive reasoning skills, data structures, hypothesis development and testing, map reading, land navigation, and GIS software skills. Satisfies the General Education Lab Science requirement for non-science majors

2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours


Introduction and History of GEOINT GIS 220

Historic perspective on the need for evolution, design, and incorporation of geospatial technologies in industry, government, and the private sector. Introduction to policy frameworks, applicable law, the intelligence cycle, ethical considerations, and basic tradecraft.

3 Hours


Introduction to Cartography and Visualization GIS 302

The cartographic process. Theory and practice of design principles, conceptualization, fundamental map and graph types, data design and structures for cartography and visualization.

3 Hours


Geospatial Analysis GIS 310

Advanced geospatial science and technology theory and skills. Topics include GIS systems and data planning and management, spatial analysis techniques, geographic networks and 3D techniques. Software skills development accompanies each lecture topic.

2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours


Case Studies in GEOINT GIS 341

Case studies in contemporary applications of geospatial intelligence and analysis.

3 Hours


Topographic Mapping GIS 391

Students will learn to read, interpret, create, and publish topographic map products in accordance with current USGS standards. This includes the production of detailed marginalia, Geo-PDF formats, and the use of production editing and mapping tools to achieve standardized map products at multiple scales and print sizes.

2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours


Structured Analytic Techniques for Intel. Analysis  GIS 411 

This course is a detailed exploration of intelligence capture and analysis techniques. Study of Big Data, unstructured data analysis, sense-making loops, and similar techniques for data discovery and hypothesis generation.

3 Hours


Trends in Spatial Technologies GIS 421

Students will learn contemporary trends in geospatial technologies.

3 Hours


Geospatial Mathematics, Algorithms, and Statistics GIS 461

This is a geostatistics and geo-mathematics course, presenting the underlying principles of GIS operations (raster, vector, or other data models), such as surface analysis, interpolation, network analysis, path optimization, topology, etc.

3 Hours


Programming GIS GIS 470

This course is intended to be an in-depth look at computer programming within Geographic Information Systems. The focus will be on GIS programming and methodology, utilizing practical GIS software and basic scientific computing skills, which will be developed with each lecture topic.

2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours


Internet GIS and Spatial Databases GIS 480

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how Internet GIS and spatial databases work and help them develop the skills requisite for success in this field. Software skills development will accompany each lecture topic.

2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours


Geospatial Practicum GIS 490

This is a variable hour course. Students will show satisfactory progress on a project/capstone effort approved by faculty. Students will be expected to meet/discuss progress and lessons learned with the instructor on a regular basis and prepare a final report.

1-6 Hours


Special Topics in GIS GIS 492

Special topics in GIS.

3 Hours


Introduction to Imagery Science REM 202

Basic theory and practice of imagery acquisition, processing, interpretation of images, measurement/photogrammetry, and feature extraction.

3 Hours


Imaging Science: Passive Techniques REM 316

Students will learn the fundamentals of remote sensing to include the principle of E-M radiation, energy interaction with the atmosphere and biosphere, and feature/object identification. Reinforcement of fundamental physics and chemistry associated with the interaction between light and matter. Application of software skills.

3 Hours


Imaging Science: Active Techniques REM 421

Active remote sensing to include microwave-, LiDAR-, RADAR-, SAR and related approaches are discussed alongside application, theory, and methods using practical exercises

3 Hours


Special Topics in Imaging Science REM 492

Special topics in Imaging Science.

3 Hours

No Out-of-State Fees

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