Spatial Sciences - BS

A degree in Spatial Sciences offers students the opportunity to obtain a career in a cutting-edge discipline at the intersection of environmental and spatial sciences. The spatial sciences combine multidisciplinary fields of scientific study with geospatial technologies including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing. A spatial sciences graduate will possess an advanced knowledge of these technologies, experience in interpretation of aerial photographs and processing of satellite images, as well as a broad understanding of computer applications and database management. Graduates are capable of working as environmental and natural resource managers and possess the necessary skills to map geographical features, patterns, and changes. Furthermore, these individuals will be able to lead and conduct modern environmental management activities.

Through core and supporting coursework, students will learn to utilize the full potential of the spatial sciences in real-world problem solving. From real-time wildfire risk assessment to crime analysis, habitat mapping for endangered species, and evaluating environmental damage from natural disasters, the spatial sciences are an integral part of modern resource management.

Students in this degree program receive guidance from faculty advisors in their areas of interest, and meet regularly to discuss courses and career opportunities. The total number of credit hours required for graduation is 120.

Ecosystem Science and Management Core Courses
ESSM 201Exploring Ecosystem Science and Management1
ESSM 301Wildland Watershed Management3
ESSM 306Plant Functional Ecology and Adaptation3
or ESSM 311   or Biogeochemistry and Global Change 
ESSM 313Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems3
ESSM 351Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management3
ESSM 481Senior Seminar1
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology3
SCSC 301Soil Science4
Spatial Science Core Courses
ESSM 203Forest Trees of North America3
or ESSM 302   or Wildland Plants of North America 
Select one from:3
Vegetation Management
Principles of Forestry
Ecosystem Restoration and Management
ESSM 444Remote Sensing of the Environment3
ESSM 459Programming for Spatial Data Applications3
ESSM 461Spatial Databases for Data Storage, Manipulation and Analysis3
ESSM 462/GEOG 462Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resource Management3
ESSM 464Spatial Project Management3
Select two from:6
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Coupled Social and Ecological Systems
Changing Natural Resource Policy
Natural Resources Policy
Environmental Impact Assessment
Emphasis Area electives 124
Free electives6
University Core Curriculum
AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics3
Select one from:4
Botany
Essentials in Biology
Horticultural Science and Practices
and Horticultural Science and Practices Laboratory
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
RENR 215Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory1
American history electives 26
Communication electives 26
Creative arts elective 23
Government/Political science electives 2,36
Language, philosophy and culture elective 23
Mathematics electives (MATH prefix required)6
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

To be selected in consultation with an advisor.

2

The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. See academic advisor.

3

Credit by examination may be used to substitute 3 hours of POLS 206 or POLS 207.