With the advent of high resolution satellite imagery, desktop software for GIS and remote sensing, and inexpensive GPS receivers, geospatial technologies are currently on the forefront of a revolution which incorporates huge volumes of data from a multitude of sources tied to a location on the Earth and analyzes that data using new and innovative methods which incorporate relationships in time and space. The application of these technologies is no longer limited to the military and federal government; the applications are unlimited and the market for this technology is booming. Geospatial technologies provide new and evolving expertise for addressing the major environmental issues of our time by transforming data into geographically-referenced information.
A minor in Geospatial Technologies provides knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and spatial analyses. The tools offered by these technologies are essential in the acquisition, integration, and analysis of geographically-referenced data and applicable to a wide array of environmental issues at local to global scales. Complementing their major field of study, an enhanced understanding of geospatial technology will provide students with the expertise necessary to meet the demands of their diverse careers in the global workplace.