Majors & Programs

Geospatial Science & Technology

New Program for Fall 2023

Degrees Offered: BS

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Geospatial information and methods are key to solving climate change, poverty, hunger, social injustice, and providing safe and healthy places for everyone to live.

Geospatial Science & Technology is an interdisciplinary program between Geography, Environment & Spatial Analysis; Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management; and the Environmental Science & Management departments.

Geospatial Science & Technology 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 size and complexity of the data involved are second only to genetics data. The data and methods involved require experts that are trained in geospatial skills and how to apply these skills to other disciplines.

We have one of the largest suites of geospatial courses in the CSU and the only Bachelor of Science degree program in Geospatial Science in the CSU.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply geospatial information and technology to understanding the spatial and temporal aspects of social and equity issues and create potential approaches to improving these issues.
  • Analyze human impacts on the physical, biological, and/or cultural world, and develop and implement geospatial projects.
  • Seek out original and secondary sources of spatial and aspatial information necessary to understand complex environmental and social issues.
  • Use critical thinking skills and apply measurable criteria to evaluate contemporary spatial decision-making.
  • Communicate with the public and professionals concerning environmental and social issues.
  • Create professional maps, posters, reports, and articles containing a variety of spatial and aspatial information.


The program’s objectives are to prepare students for the following careers:

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysts and Specialists
  • Remote Sensing Analysts
  • Cartographers
  • Photogrammetrists
  • Geographers
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Degrees & Requirements

More Information

Dr. Rosemary Sherriff, Professor and Chair, Geography, Environment & Spatial Analysis