Geospatial Sciences

  • GIS

    What are Geospatial Sciences?

    The Bachelor of Science with a major in Geospatial Sciences (GSS) integrates various geospatial technologies with applied research domains. The GSS program aims at producing high caliber graduates who are well trained in the theory and application of geospatial technologies, including GIS, remote sensing, and land surveying. Students receive fundamental knowledge of geospatial skills, along with specific content in one of three concentration: human-environment systems, information systems, or land surveying. Geospatial Sciences provide students a set of skills to manipulate, analyze, assess, and visualize data by way of digital maps and/or map imagery to solve problems. Graduates of the major have obtained geospatial jobs related to crime analysis, emergency services, engineering, epidemiology, environmental management, forestry, housing, marketing, military sciences, sustainability, land surveying, transportation, urban planning, and utilities, among others.

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements. Only admission to Kennesaw State University is required to declare this major.

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Environmental Studies Minor
    • Geographic Information Sciences Certificate
    • Geography Minor
    • Land Surveying Certificate

    Sample Courses

    • Students are introduced to the basic design of state-of-the-art GIS and its analytical capabilities. Topics may include: Geodatabases, applications in GIS, map projection information, raster/vector data models, introduction to available data on the internet, and basic GIS analytical functions such as querying and overlaying. The course uses ArcGIS 10 to introduce these concepts in a hands-on environment.

    • Students investigate various mapping techniques used in GIS and geospatial technologies. These techniques can include data collection and management, mapping and visualization, 3D GIS, spatial analytics, and scripts and automation. Students demonstrate their comprehension of GIS techniques by way of exercises that render the production of digital maps. Notes: ArcGIS software is used in this course.

    • This course examines Earth surface processes and landforms, including tectonic, volcanic, hillslope, karst, fluvial, glacial, periglacial, eolian, and coastal geomorphic systems, as well as weathering and soils. Relationships between environmental change and the evolution of landscapes are addressed.

    • A capstone course in the applications of geospatial science technology. Course requires a project developed with an industry partner in applying geospatial science analytical skill, analysis, and mapping.