The GIS, Cartography, & Remote Sensing Concentration

How do you analyze the future?

Students specializing in the Geographic Information Science concentration gain the technical skills needed to acquire, manage, and analyze large amounts of geographic data.  Students will get computer training in digital processing of remote sensing observations and cartographic vector data, spatial analysis, and the display of information in GIS software. The curriculum will provide students with the necessary background to use remote sensing and GIS in various fields such as environmental monitoring, disaster assessments, military analysis and intelligence, social justice, cartography, and other related fields. This track goes beyond the techniques for gathering and analyzing data and requires an understanding of the environmental and social processes represented by the data. These tools are essential to the education and future of global citizens.

For Major Coursework Curriculum Sheets please visit our Advising Forms Page.

For a 4-year Plan (complete with General Education requirements) visit the BSOS 4-year Planning Page and scroll down to GIS.  

Different Terrains

Where have Remote Sensing students gone after graduation?

  • NASA
  • NOAA
  • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • CIA
  • FBI
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Department of Forestry
  • Many Federal Contracting Agencies (Booz Allen Hamilton, Leidos, ARSC Federal, SAIC, etc.)
  • and Graduate School!

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Where have GIS students gone after graduation?

  • Opened their own Businesses (New Light Technologies and GeoMarvel are both owned by UMD GEOG Alumni)
  • US Census Bureau 
  • Local Governments (City of Greenbelt, City of Bowie, City of College Park, etc.)
  • Baltimore Parks and Planning 
  • National Capital Planning Commission 
  • Esri 
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Law Enforcement Agencies (PGPD, HCPD, AACP, etc.)
  • National Park Service
  • and Graduate School!