Undergraduate in GIS
Geographic Information Science
The Geographic Information Science curriculum is designed for students interested in understanding, analyzing, and applying the spatial relationship among human and physical features (for example, the social and economic impact of natural disasters). Students of GIS learn how to use computer software programs that identify the interactions that transpire between humans and the physical environment based on location. They also learn how to analyze those interactions, and to use that information to assist with public and private sector management, administration, and planning. There is a large and growing need for graduates with GIS training. Excellent opportunities exist for GIS analysts, cartographers, database and system administrators, photogrammetrists, image analysts, GIS coordinators, and programmers. Employment can be found, for example, in government agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in city and state governments for planning, environment, resource, and transportation, as well as in diverse areas in the private sector.
Geography and GIS Resources
The largest professional organization for Geography is the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Their website contains a great deal of helpful information: www.aag.org.