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Geographic information science is revolutionizing many disciplines, including the environmental sciences, business, the military and public health. Let UWF's affordable GIS program give you marketable expertise in this exciting field.

Why Study Geographic Information Science at UWF?

GIS has very many applications, not just in environmental science, but in almost all other disciplines.

At UWF, you will have access to the latest technology in our state-of-the-art GeoData Center. You will benefit from small classes, personal attention from our dedicated and experienced faculty and opportunities for hands-on research and learning.

What You Will Learn

We offer an interdisciplinary approach, and you will be able to apply what you learn in many different areas. You will gain a solid background in the fundamentals of geography and geospatial science that extends beyond GIS software.

You will learn basic GIS and remote sensing concepts and software skills, how to think spatially, how to design maps, how to conduct spatial analysis and how to create web maps and dashboards. You will take part in research, with relevant and up-to-date content using ArcGIS Pro.

Courses and a required internship have been carefully combined to reflect real-world workforce requirements. You will better understand what is happening behind the scenes in the software and become more efficient at work. After completing this program, you can expect to be marketable in numerous industries.

Careers & Outcomes

There is a growing need for experts in this field. The minor is also a pathway to a master’s degree in GIS Administration. Below are common job titles for GIS minors, as well as examples of where our graduates work.

Job Titles


  • GIS Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Coordinator
 

Employers


  • Santa Rosa County
  • Escambia County
  • City of Milton
  • City of Foley
  • Next Era Energy/Gulf Power
  • Escambia County Utilities Authority

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Geographic Information Science program.

Additional Information

Internships

You will benefit from the one-semester GIS internship. The department will help place you based on your interests, skills and overall fit.

Internship examples:

  • Working at Escambia County Marine Resource Division on artificial reef mapping
  • Working with the Escambia County Utilities Authority
  • Completing a tree inventory and canopy mapping project on the Pensacola campus. UWF Facilities will use the final web map and tree canopy cover values in its annual Tree Campus USA application.

GeoData Center

For more than 10 years, the GeoData Center has participated in collaborative interdisciplinary research for the UWF community and local, nonprofit and private entities in Northwest Florida. The GeoData Center maintains a state-of-the-art GeoSpatial Laboratory on the Pensacola campus. The multi-use facility is designed to accommodate class instruction, training courses as well as research endeavors. The laboratory is open for students to work on GIS coursework or geospatial-related projects during business hours when classes are not being held.

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