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GISc experts have the opportunity to influence a wide range of global issues and industries, including climate change, water resources, transportation and education.
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Cyber GISc Concentration
In a time when massive amounts of information and data are readily available at our fingertips, geographic information systems (GIS) technology continues to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of a rapidly changing field. CyberGISc has emerged in recent years as a dynamic interdisciplinary field with an immense impact on numerous scientific domains and research areas. Many scientific problems require the aggregation of large and varied spatial data, creating a growing interest in the field of cyberGISc. In this concentration, students will navigate the challenges of managing, analyzing, filtering and visualizing large quantities of spatiotemporal data from mobile devices, supercomputers and web-based services. This concentration will help prepare graduates to work in local, state and federal government agencies, logistics-focused businesses, marketing, engineering and more.
Environmental GISc Concentration
Understanding the complexities of the earth’s ecosystems and our impact on the environment can be a daunting task that requires extensive amounts of information and subsequent analysis. In the Environmental GISc concentration, students will learn how GIS technology is used to understand the various resources, hazards and changes in our environment. Experts in the fields of emergency management, public safety and homeland security depend on this technology every day as they work to address environmental challenges across the world. Upon graduation, students are prepared to work in various levels of government and private sector consulting.
Health & GISc Concentration
Where someone resides determines what healthcare options are open to them and what health-related concerns they may face. Public health, as a result, is a field that turns to geographic information science more and more frequently for analyzing trends in health across time and space. In the Health & GISc concentration, students will focus on medical or health geography as an area of research that uses geographic techniques and systems to study the impact of a person’s surroundings on their health. Students will learn to utilize mapping techniques to chart outbreaks and prevent the spread of epidemics around the world by identifying incidences and measuring their prevalence. Various levels of health-related government agencies, private industries and nonprofits turn to experts in health geographic information science to locate ideal sites for healthcare organizations or businesses and to improve health outcomes in communities.


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Specialize in a rapidly growing area of GISc. Students may choose to pursue Cyber GISc, Environmental GISc or Health GISc.
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