Geographic Information Science

Study the science of where

Geographic Information Science is data science for spatial data (digital content with geographic information attached). Spatial data is collected using drones, satellites, sensors and smartphones.

GIScientists use computers to answer questions about:

  • where things are
  • why they are there
  • when things are in specific places
  • patterns and processes across space, and change over time

We answer these questions using AI and machine learning, big data analysis, and mapping and data visualization.

GIScience informs decision-making about the "where" of conservation and environmental monitoring, transportation, disaster management, health and epidemiology, urban planning, business and finance, and agriculture. Students who study GIScience go on to work in public and private sectors in these and other industries.

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