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 issues. 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 student’s ability to design his/her academic program beyond the core disciplinary requirements. Course offerings within the discipline represent a broad 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, students wishing to complement their major in geospatial science with a foreign language minor will be able to achieve both without carrying an academic course overload.
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.
The Geospatial Science major provides excellent preparation for any assignment in the Expeditionary Air Force. The major also helps students 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.
Geospatial Science graduates will demonstrate geospatial analysis through mastery of the following skills:
- Formulate a geospatial question,
- Describe and explain the relevant physical and human data needed to answer a geospatial question
- Acquire, represent, and process relevant geospatial data,
- Apply analytical models to interpret and explain the patterns, processes, and interrelationships represented by geospatial data, and
- Assess and present results of geospatial analysis.
Students excelling in this program are eligible to compete for scholarships to graduate school. These include not only the prestigious national scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Fulbright and Marshall, but the Academy’s 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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