Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications

Geoinformatics (GI)

Geoinformatics (GI

The GI specialization focuses on remote sensing, data structures and data mining, GIS, and image processing, analysis, and interpretation. The curriculum is designed to prepare professionals who want to specialize in integrating earth imaging with georeferencing.

Our GI curriculum is unusual because it is more than an emphasis on GIS applications and develops additional skills beyond a traditional GIS concentration. Instead, it uses GIS, IDL/ENVI, and other software to conduct data retrieval and image processing from satellites, radar, LiDAR, and other active and passive remote sensing devices. 

Career Opportunities

Listed below are just a few of the job areas that are relevant to the GI specialization:

  • Data analysts
  • Project managers
  • Research technicians
  • Database administrators across public, private, and non-profit sectors

Major Sequence and Degree Requirements
36 Credits (face-to-face, online, and hybrid course delivery formats)

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

  • BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis (4)
  • BSN 512 Accounting and Finance (4)
  • BSN 514 Strategic Management and Leadership (4)
  • ISS 570 Information Analysis (3) or EMGT 633 GIS Applications (3)
  • ECON 507 Environmental Economics (3)
  • MATH 535 Statistical Methods (3)
  • ISCA 698 Field Experience Practicum (3)

Specialization Courses (12 credit hours, at least 4 courses are required)

  • ISCA 570 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation (3) 
  • ISCA 571 Spatial Data Structures (3)
  • ISCA 607 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation (3)
  • ISCA 671 Earth Imaging and Data Processing (3)
  • ISCA 672: Advanced GIS w/ Geoinformational Case Studies (3)
  • BIOL 647 Chesapeake Bay Systems (3)

Admission Requirements
Applicants must provide an official transcript from all institutions of higher education attended showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a 2.75/4.00 cumulative grade point average. Applicants with grade point averages less than 3.00 must also submit an official score from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT test taken within three years of the date of application. An official application form and fee, three professional letters of recommendation, an academic and professional goals statement, and a current resume are also required. Applicants may also be asked to complete a telephone interview with the MSISA program coordinator.

Next Steps

For more information on the MSISA program, please contact the program coordinator:

Dr. Rich Clark
Phone: 717-872-3930 

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