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Geospatial and Environmental Informatics

Geographic information systems (GIS), the global positioning system (GPS), satellite-based remote sensing, and computer simulations are tools commonly used today by all sectors of the economy for planning and decision-making.

Geospatial technologies have penetrated every aspect of our lives, from digital maps and location services on our smart phones, to the management and maintenance of city infrastructure, regional forests and agriculture lands. They are also used to forecast potential markets for retail and development.

One of few programs offered in the Southeast, the geospatial and environmental informatics program brings together information technology, spatial science, data analysis, natural resources and ecological modeling to prepare you for in demand technological careers where “Big data” drives decisions.

Professionals are in high demand for collecting, collating, modeling, analyzing, visualizing, and communicating geospatial information. Graduates can anticipate a wide variety of career opportunities within public agencies and government, private corporations, and consulting firms as:

  • Data and information specialists
  • Ecosystem modelers
  • Business analysts
  • Environmental consultants
  • Land use and resource planners

Visit the Pathway Major Guide to learn more about the major, the careers available with the degree, and how to make the most of your time at Auburn to be successful upon graduation.

Ready to get started? Our student advisors in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences are available to help you begin an exciting career in the diverse and rapidly growing fields of geospatial and environmental informatics!

Note: Students may incur laboratory, transportation, or other fees associated with labs and field experiences required for course credit.