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 methods to help solve real-world problems, conduct original research, and build workplace competencies. Successful pursuit of U of R’s academic programs can provide pathways to internships and employment with Redlands-based geospatial industry leader Esri and with other private, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.
The MS GIS is a one-year intensive program designed for professionals who want to enhance their academic foundations with a comprehensive understanding of geographic information science fundamentals and the use and application of GIS technologies. The MGIS degree is designed for professionals who look for an accelerated program to enhance their knowledge of the analysis, management, and communication of geographic information.
The Location Analytics concentration focuses on producing professionals who can analyze and resolve complex business problems utilizing spatial information and analysis. Students have the flexibility to develop capabilities with spatial and geographic approaches to the analysis of business activities.
The undergraduate spatial minor consists of two required courses (Foundations of Spatial Thinking and Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS), four elective courses chosen from nearly 50 offerings, and a student portfolio. In addition to equipping students with in-demand spatial thinking skills, the minor strengthens pathways to internships, careers, and graduate school.
The Center for Spatial Studies helps faculty, students, and administrators use desktop and cloud-based geographic information systems (GIS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), location-aware mobile apps, digital image analysis, social network analysis, and scientific visualization to explore and analyze geographic data, conduct original research, manage the day-to-day operations of the University, and provide service to local, regional, and global communities.
The Spatial Business Initiative seeks to stimulate and support GIS and spatial analysis for business and economics research and education. The center develops knowledge through applied GIS research, enriches education and curriculum for business schools, and provides outreach to the academic and professional community.
ISEA serves regional, national, and global business and government leaders, helping them to better understand how socio-economic phenomena affect their communities. A division of the University of Redlands School of Business, ISEA publishes ongoing, timely reports covering retail, employment, housing, logistics, and other special topics.