Minor in Geospatial Sciences (GSSP)
Geospatial Science is the quantitative and analytical study of relationships of events and processes in space and time. In recent years, powerful new technologies and techniques have emerged that greatly improve our ability to acquire, archive, analyze and communicate information regarding people, places and other processes on or near the Earth’s surface. These same technologies and analytical frameworks allow us to combine this information into multi-tiered databases describing complex and inter-related aspects of our physical and social world. Such databases can then be analyzed in novel ways that take the spatial nature of disparate phenomena and processes into account. The insights produced by these analyses are revolutionizing many fields of science including environmental science, oceanography, geology, criminology, and anthropology. These analyses also facilitate decision-making and government operations including emergency response and disaster-recovery planning. It also helps market analysis for businesses. Through now-commonplace consumer products such as web-based mapping systems and Global Positing Systems (GPS) units integrated with cellular phones Geospatial Science is directly impacting the everyday lives of ordinary individuals. The mission of the minor in the Geospatial Sciences program is to offer students a broad understanding of the fundamental theories and concepts underlying spatial analysis, hands-on experience with contemporary Geospatial Science hardware and software, and experience with the application of geospatial analysis to contemporary problems in environmental management, urban planning, business management, disease and health management, crime analysis and other fields.
Requirements for the Minor in Geospatial Sciences:
A minor in Geospatial Sciences consists of 16 credit hours. To be admitted in the minor a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5. To earn a minor in Geospatial Sciences a student must earn a C or above in all of the required courses listed below.
GEA 2000 World Regional Geography (3)
GEO 2200 Physical Geography (3)
GEO 2200L Physical Geography Lab (1)
GIS 3006 Computer Cartography (3)
GIS 4043C Geography Information Systems (3)
GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)
Students transferring credit hours toward a minor in Geospatial Science must complete 12 credit hours at USFSP regardless of the total number of transfer credit hours This means that the maximum number of transfer credit hours that can be used in the minor is four (4) and the transfer hours must have a C or higher.