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Geospatial Information Science


Geospatial Information Science has become a key component of modern natural resource management. Advancements in GIS software, availability of remotely sensed imagery from satellites, aircraft and drones, along with powerful computers, are revolutionizing our understanding of natural processes and expanding our ability to shape them. Familiarity with geospatial analysis is increasingly important to employers, and specialization in the Geospatial Information Science disciplinary area can open a number of unique employment opportunities. Warnell’s graduate program builds on the broad range of applications of geospatial information science represented by our faculty (e.g., precision forestry, wildlife habitat modeling, forest planning, movement ecology, landscape ecology, among others), utilizes cutting-edge technology, and is flexible enough to apply to a variety of natural resource emphasis areas. A specialized Area of Emphasis is available for MFR students. Graduates can find jobs in academia, NGOs, state and federal agencies, and consulting firms.


Geospatial Information Science can be pursued under the MNR, MS, and PhD degree programs. To pursue Geospatial Information Science as an official Area of Emphasis, the following courses are required for each degree:

MNR Geospatial Information Science requirements

MS Geospatial Information Science requirements

PhD Geospatial Information Science requirements


For general questions about pursuing a graduate degree at Warnell, contact a member of the graduate team (sidebar, right). Prospective students should also contact faculty members for questions specific to this disciplinary area. Please check faculty members’ personal pages (linked below) for information about their individual research interests and projects to ensure that you are contacting the most relevant ones.

Pete Bettinger
Chris Cieszewski
Jeff Hepinstall-Cymerman
Nate Nibbelink