A Spatial University

"A Spatial University embraces spatial thinking in its general education objectives and provides spatially relevant courses across the general education curriculum...and uses geospatial technologies to support campus planning, operations, maintenance, and sustainability."

Tom Baker
Envisioning the Spatial University

Spatial thinking is integrated into all aspects of academics and administration at the University of Redlands. Accordingly, students who have an interest in geography and spatial technologies have many opportunities to use geographic information systems (GIS), geodesign, data science and visualization, remote sensing, and other spatial technologies and ways of thinking to help solve real-world problems, conduct original research, and build workplace competencies. Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) can declare a Spatial Studies (SPA) Minor in which basic GIS and spatial thinking skills are first developed in introductory courses, broadened in their choice from nearly 50 elective courses, expanded with internships and community service learning experiences, and, finally, summarized in a spatial portfolio. Master of Science in GIS (MS GIS) and Master of GIS (MGIS) students serve real clients through Major Individual Projects (MIPs) or internships. Master of Business Administration (MBA) students can pursue a GIS emphasis that gives them an advantage in today's location-based business environment. Successful pursuit of these academic programs can provide pathways to internships and employment with geospatial industry leader, Esri, and with private, governmental, and non-governmental organizations that use spatial approaches for planning, research, development, marketing, and other business operations.

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