"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."
Envisioning the Spatial University
At the University of Redlands, spatial thinking is integrated into a broad spectrum of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business. The purpose of the spatial studies curriculum is to empower faculty and students to use new technologies to discover spatial concepts, conduct original research, and build workplace competencies.
The spatial studies minor focuses on using multidimensional representations of information to help structure problems, find answers, and express solutions. The ability to visualize and interpret relationships through space is essential for understanding content and solving problems.
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 Geographic Information Systems emphasis 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.
GISAB in the School of Business 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.
The Center for Spatial Studies strives to empower faculty and students to integrate spatial thinking and technologies in their academic, personal, and professional lives; foster cutting-edge spatial research, technology, and scholarship; enhance the academic reputation of the University of Redlands; and, help create a better world through meaningful community service.
The Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (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.
Browse spatial projects being accomplished by faculty, students, and administrators at the University of Redlands.
In the linked video of his November 15, 2017 Redlands Forum presentation, Dr. Thomas A. Horan, Senecal Endowed Dean of the School of Business, delves into his views on making the University of Redlands a leader in 21st century business education. Horan noted that many skills needed in business are found in the liberal arts—such as integrative thinking, analytical reasoning, and global perspectives. Speaking at Esri on geographic information systems (GIS) day, Horan also outlined the Redlands approach for integrating GIS into business education and operations.