Geographic Information Science & Technology
Our GIS courses and laboratory serve many departments, degrees, and affiliated entities across the SUU campus and surrounding communities. The GIS courses and laboratory teach spatial technologies through hands-on experience. The GIS program and laboratory use the most current technology, hardware, and software available. The GIS lab offers service learning opportunities to students through local and regional projects and internships.
The mission of the GIS program is to prepare individuals to integrate spatial technologies with studies in other disciplines. We provide a learning environment that fosters undergraduate research. The strength of our mission relies on the program's diversity and the interdisciplinary nature of spatial technologies. A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree can be designed to accommodate students interested in GIS. Examples of programs that often use GIS include, but are not limited to; geography, biology, geology, history, sociology, political science, business, marketing, engineering, agriculture, information systems, computer science, criminology, university studies, education, and others. Coursework in GIS complements other degrees.
The GIS certificate program was designed as an integrated component of a 4-year degree (for example Geography, Geology, Biology, Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering Technology or other). The GIS certificate can be completed as an individual program, usually over a 2- 3 year period. The foundation courses should be completed in the freshmen year, the technical GIS courses in the sophomore year and the GIS application courses in the junior and senior years.