MS in Applied Geospatial Science

It is crucial to understand spatio-temporal dimensions through geospatial analytics, which provides practical means for making informed decisions in addressing current world challenges such as energy resources, climatic issues, sustainability, or interactions between humans and the environment. The School of Earth, Environment and Society offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Applied Geospatial Science, and Certificate programs to train students to use and understand some of the most advanced data and cutting-edge technology.  Students gain skills in using professional tools such as: Esri ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ENVI, ERDAS, eCognition, Idrisi, Trimble Pathfinder Office and Terrasync, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Visual Studio Professional, and other open-source software such as R, Python and GRASS.

Today, geospatial technology plays a key role in many different occupations, including cartography, surveying, earth sciences, energy sciences, computer science, state and local governments, criminal justice, statistics, business, and management. The interdisciplinary nature of this field has also allowed for integration into planning, decision-making, and business processes of organizations which represent a major investment on the part of the U.S. federal government and the private sector. A wide array of public, private and nonprofit organizations require employees that can utilize the interdisciplinary geospatial skills emphasized in our program; some are listed below:

Federal Government Private Sector
USAJOBS
Army Corps of Engineers
Census Bureau
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Intelligency Agency
Department of Agriculture
Department of Homeland Security
Department of State
Director of National Intelligence
EPA
Fannie Mae
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Foreign Agricultural Service
Forest Service
Library of Congress
NASA
National Center for Health Statistics
National Geodetic Survey
National Geospatial-Int Agency
NOAA
National Ocean Service
National Park Service
National Science Foundation
Naval Research Laboratory
U.S. Army GeoSpatial Center
U.S. AID
U.S. Geological Survey
ABT Associates
AeroMetric, Inc.
AMEC
Apex CoVantage
Boeing Autometric
Booz Allen Hamilton
CACI
CH2M Hill
CORE Software Technology
EarthData
Earth Resources Technology
ESRI
General Dynamics
Geodynamic Solutions
GeoEye
Geographic Services
Infotech Geospatial Services
Intergraph
ITT
Leica Geosystems
Lockheed Martin
MAPPS
MDA Federal
Northrop-Grumman
Raytheon Corporation
SAIC
Sanborn Map Company
SIGNAL Solutions
Spatial Insights
Versar, Inc
Woolpert, Inc.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Applied Geospatial Science are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to explain fundamental geospatial concepts and theory for addressing important societal issues 
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply geospatial data and tools across multiple disciplines 
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain in-depth ideas and concepts in area of specialization 
  • Plan I: Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an original research project, with appropriate use of scientific methods, robust sampling, and analytical methodologies 
  • Plan I: Demonstrate the ability to defend and communicate the results and interpretations of an original research project 

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Applied Geospatial Science program will undergo it’s next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Applied Geospatial Science program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Applied Geospatial Science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.