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Geospatial Science & Technology, B.S.

Geospatial Science & Technology is an interdisciplinary program between Geography, Environment & Spatial Analysis; Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management; and the Environmental Science & Management departments. The program is critical to solving some of the world's greatest challenges, as well as local problems like sea-level rise, emergency preparedness, and providing health services. The data and methods involved require experts that are trained in geospatial skills and how to apply these skills to other disciplines.

Why this program

The North Coast provides a unique learning lab for students—connecting their education to practical experiences that can’t be found elsewhere.

Use what you know out in the field, undertaking important research topics that interest you - like global warming, deforestation, ethnic conflict, urban planning and much more - in places that inspire you.

We strive for societal and economic improvement, demonstrated in our personal passions and the professions that we pursue.

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Academics & Options

The Humboldt Geospatial Science & Technology major allows students to pursue a wide range of interests within the natural and social sciences. Field experience, community involvement, knowledge of particular world regions, and development of a global awareness are emphasized.

Did you know?

Geospatial analysis and cartography are essential tools in the fight against climate change, and were a key part of stopping the production of fluorocarbons that were destroying the ozone layer that protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Humboldt geospatial students have gone on to work for National Geographic, The Washington Post, Apple, and Uber, and held internships at NASA, Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Tribe, and various social and environmental nonprofit organizations.

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Equipped with critical thinking skills that integrate knowledge of the human world and physical environment, combined with latest in geospatial technical skills, our majors are prepared to pursue meaningful careers in a wide range of fields.

  • Photogrammetrist
  • Cartographer
  • Geographer
  • Remote sensing analyst
  • Surveyor
  • Demographer
  • GIS Programmer/Software Developer
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Specialist
  • Geospatial Database Manager
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