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Spatial Studies

The Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis in the School of Business (GISAB) seeks to stimulate and support GIS and spatial analysis for business and economics research and education. It seeks to develop knowledge through applied GIS research, enrich education and curriculum for business schools, and provide outreach to the academic and professional community. Visit the GISAB website to learn more about its contribution to the University and the business community.

The mission of the Center for Spatial Studies (CSS) is to help faculty and students think and act spatially, using geographic information systems (GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, photogrammetry, scientific image analysis, concept mapping, emerging cloud tools for integrating narratives into visual representations, and other modalities. The CSS supports faculty and student efforts to measure, interpret, and think critically about spatial patterns in data from nanoscales to the cosmos; to visualize the consequences of alternative futures; and collaborate to make better choices for our planet and ourselves. Visit the CSS website to learn more about its mission and activities.

The Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) offers science and research-based spatial analysis and forecasts of economic phenomena. ISEA serves regional, national and global communities, focusing on areas of economic analysis that have a strong connection to the space people live in, such as employment and unemployment, housing, retail, logistics, and economic risk assessment. Updates on these topics are provided on a regular basis. Visit ISEA’s website to learn more about its maps and services.

The Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems Program (MS GIS) is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of analysis, management, and communication of geographic information. It combines the development of strong technical skills and in-depth understanding of geographic information science and theory. The MS GIS program is based in the University’s College of Arts & Sciences and most of its students live together in University-owned housing, creating a living-learning environment. For more information about this residential, intense 11-month program, visit the MS GIS website.

The Spatial Studies Minor helps students develop spatial thinking skills that cut across disciplinary divides and facilitates a rich interdisciplinary approach. Spatial literacy is a critical skill in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Indeed, a spatial approach helps to reveal the interconnected nature of many problems. The Spatial Studies Minor offers both courses carrying the SPA alpha designation and cross-listed courses from a range of departments. Through their choice of electives, students can design a course of spatial study that ideally complements or integrates with their own major. Visit the Spatial Studies Minor website for more information about the degree program.


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