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Major in Applied Geospatial Technologies

The Applied Geospatial Technologies (AGT) major is designed to prepare students for careers in the geospatial industry which require an understanding of spatial processes and related technical skills. The major combines breadth and depth in the natural sciences, equips students with knowledge of business principles, and develops their skills in communications, quantitative methods, and computer applications. The program is aligned with the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) Body of Knowledge (BoK) established by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) as well as established DACUMs (Developing a Curriculum) for Geospatial Technologies, as supported by the Department of Labor occupational designations. A required internship, senior research methods course, and senior research seminar utilize facilities and expertise from local municipalities, and other organizations, several of which have employed graduates from Elmhurst College with a background provided by the department.

Students will take required coursework in a variety of areas to develop their spatial skill sets and hone their technical skills making them appropriate for entry-level positions as GIS technicians or graduate study, as distinctly defined by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Geospatial Technology Competency Model in 2010. It is crucial that students work closely with their academic advisor as early as possible upon entering the program to establish a planned schedule of coursework. Transfer students with an interest in applied geospatial technologies will undoubtedly satisfy several major requirements upon transfer, but should consult with their academic advisor upon acceptance to the College.

Faculty
Richard B. Schultz, Coordinator
Linda Krause, Michael S. Lindberg, Carmi J. Neiger, Advisors

Core Curriculum required of all students in major (ten and one-half (10.5) courses required):
GEO 102 Earth System Science
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking   
GEO 309 Introduction to Spatial Analysis    
GEO 400 Advanced Spatial Analysis    
GEO 468 Internship (.50 credit; P/F only)
GEO 470 Research Methods in Geography (.50 credit)
GEO 471 Senior Research Capstone (.50 credit)

Required CSIS Courses
CS 440 Web-Based Applications
IS 100 Programming GIS Applications
IS 200 Design and Development of Geodatabases

Required Quantitative Coursework
MTH 345 Elementary Statistics or MTH 346 Statistics for the Sciences

Recommended Schedule of Coursework for Applied Geospatial Technologies Major

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
ENG 105 Composition I
FYS 100 First-Year Seminar
GEO 102 Earth System Science
Integrated Curriculum

January Term
300-level GEO elective (GEO 305 or GEO 353)

Spring Term
ENG 106 Composition II
Integrated Curriculum (Three courses)

SECOND YEAR
Fall Term
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
Integrated Curriculum (Three courses)

January Term
300-level GEO elective (GEO 305 or GEO 353) or Study Away Experience

Spring Term
GEO 300 Electives (Two courses)
Integrated Curriculum (Two courses)

THIRD YEAR
Fall Term
IS 100 Programming GIS Applications
GEO 309 Introduction to Spatial Analysis
MTH 345 Elementary Statistics or MTH 346 Statistics for the Sciences or BID 103 Ocean Studies
GEO Elective

January Term
GEO Elective (300-level) or Study Away Experience
Internship Planning: GEO 468

Spring Term
ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
IS 200 Design and Development of Geodatabases
GEO 400 Advanced Spatial Analysis
GEO 468 Internship (.50 credit; P/F)
Elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Term
CS 440 Web-Based Applications
GEO 468 Internship
GEO 470 Research Methods in Geography
Two GEO Electives

January Term
Internship/Job Shadowing

Spring Term
GEO 471 Senior Research Capstone
Three Electives (including ENG 303)

Note: As a substitute for GEO 305 or 353 (both offered in the January Term), students may elect to take GEO 390 Geography and Geosciences Cultural Study and Off-Campus Experience offered in the spring (travel in June; odd-numbered years).

 

 

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