The Geospatial Science program emphasizes learning about diverse cultures, physical landscapes, and geospatial tools that Expeditionary Air Force officers use. This major offers a diverse and challenging program focusing on contemporary world problems.
A flexible curriculum has been carefully designed to permit either an in-depth or cross-disciplinary approach to the study of geospatial science, maximizing a cadet’s ability to design an academic program beyond the core disciplinary requirements.
Course offerings within the discipline represent an excellent cross-section of the key geospatial science sub-fields including physical, human, and regional geography, as well as state-of-the-art geographic information processing methods such as digital image processing and geographic information systems.
Furthermore, cadets who wish to complement their major in Geospatial Science with a foreign language minor will usually be able to achieve both without carrying an overload of academic courses.
Geospatial Science graduates distinguish themselves from other college graduates by the conceptual framework in which they view the world. They leverage knowledge of cultural and physical processes and digital modeling techniques to focus on the effects of space and place and interpret any landscape using an inherently geospatial approach.
Geospatial Science graduates can both formulate and answer the following questions:
- What are the physical processes that shape this landscape?
- What are the cultural processes that shape this landscape?
- How can this landscape be digitally modeled for analysis?
- What is the most effective manner to present analysis?
The Geospatial Science major provides excellent preparation for any assignment in the Expeditionary Air Force. The major also helps cadets develop international insight and cultural understanding of the battle space. Most Geospatial Science majors become pilots or intelligence officers. Many intelligence officers progress to become Foreign Area Officers or International Affairs Specialists.
Cadets who excel in this program are eligible to compete for scholarships to graduate school. These scholarships include not only the prestigious national scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, and Marshall, but the USAFA Graduate Scholarship Program, in which graduates are sponsored by the Air Force Institute of Technology to earn their master’s degree from a civilian institution.
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