Online B.S. in Environmental Geospatial Technologies

High-tech meets environmental science

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Environmental Geospatial Technologies

B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior

Understand and analyze geospatial data

Pursue a wide range of careers focused on geography, cartography, and natural resource management. 

Find solutions to global problems

An ideal bachelor’s degree for using data to find solutions to global environmental problems. 

Fundamental skills in geospatial technologies

Learn Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Join a high-demand workforce

A variety of disciplines require employees skilled in geospatial technologies. 

100% Online: B.S. in Environmental Geospatial Technologies

Do you want to be at the forefront of Geospatial Technology, an emerging field with high demand in a variety of areas including government, business, consulting, and environmental non-profit organizations? Geospatial technology enables us to acquire data that is referenced to the earth and use it for analysis, modeling, simulations, and visualization. Through our bachelor’s degree program, you will learn the application for these technologies in the context of finding a fulfilling career and solving today’s environmental problems.

Online Environmental Geospatial Technologies Degree Program Highlights:

  • One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Learn foundational skills that are needed for a variety of disciplines.
  • Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • Get professional skills training by doing a concentration in Renewable Energy, Sustainable Business, or Wildlife Ecology, or Emergency Disaster Management.
  • Make professional connections with leaders in your field.
  • Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
  • Eight start dates per year

Job Outcomes of the Online B.S. in Environmental Geospatial Technologies

With this degree, you can pursue a wide range of careers focused on geography, cartography, natural resource management, and technology, from research and conservation to education and transportation. Graduates could be employed by local, state, and federal government agencies, and in the private and non-profit sectors in a wide range of related scientific and technical fields, such as agriculture and soils, biology, cartography, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, forestry management, geography, geology, hydrology and water resources, land appraisal, transportation, urban planning and development, and more.

Geologist

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 14%

Median Salary:

$65,000

 

Cartographer

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 15%

Median Salary:

$64,000

 

Geographer / GIS Specialist

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 9%

Median Salary:

$63,000

 

Forest / Conservation Technician

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 4%

Median Salary:

$48,000

 

Costs and Financial Aid:

We believe investing in your education is the best thing you can do for your future. The cost of completing your degree depends on how many credits you can transfer into the degree program. You may also be eligible for special tuition rates as a member of the military or if you already have a degree from a community college partner. Learn more about costs and financial aid.

Environmental Geospatial Technologies Degree Requirements:

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours, 30 credits earned at Unity, and an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. For all degree requirements, download the Unity College Environmental Geospatial Technologies Degree Checklist​ or the Unity College Distance Education Course Catalog.

 

Sample Environmental Geospatial Technologies Courses:

EVPC 201 Environmental Issues: Deforestation, Biodiversity Loss, and Overpopulation

This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of the looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of deforestation, biodiversity, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.

EVPC 301 Environmental Justice

This course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice. The course begins by examining the philosophical foundations and history of the environmental justice movement and foundational concepts such as justice, race, gender, and class. Students will explore these concepts through a series of case studies of urban and rural environmental (in)justice in the United States and move on to environmental justice’s role on globalization.

EVPC 401 Transformational Leadership

In this course, students explore strategies needed to become effective instruments of change. Students will examine themselves as leaders, learn how to create meaningful relationships as a leader, and understand the role of leadership within complex systems. By using case studies from a variety of organizational contexts such as business, government, non-profit, community, and education, students explore concepts of organization behavior and culture, consensus building, and project management to lead effective change towards environmental sustainability. This course is designed to empower and prepare students to become leaders in any profession.

EVPC 490 Transdisciplinary Environmental Geospatial Technologies Capstone

The Capstone course is the culminating course for students in Unity College bachelor’s degrees. In this course, students will develop a project that deals with a real issue and produce a final artifact reporting the project’s findings. During this process, students will demonstrate and apply learning from their degree program and their ability to communicate to a broad audience. The course will also cover other important topics that support a student’s career development and goals. All projects will be workforce-related products that students can use for their current or pitch to a future employer. 

GISC 101 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies

This course is designed for students from any discipline who are interested in applying GIS as a tool to help answer important and timely questions about our environment. This course presents the concepts upon which Geographic Information System technology is based including the fundamentals of cartography, geodesy, coordinate systems, and projections. Conceptual overview and hands-on experience of vector data analyses and table queries are introduced. Students will use ArcGIS to classify data, query tables and maps, analyze spatial relationships, set map projections, build spatial databases, edit data, and create map layouts.

GISC 201 Geographic Information Systems for a Changing World

This course introduces students to fundamental theories and practices of cartography and visualization.  By learning symbology, coordinate systems, map projections, topographic representations, interpolation, classification schemes, students will think and communicate visually using a variety of environmental GIS data. Assignments and the final project will teach students to visually display and examine pressing environmental problems.

GISC 301 Applied Spatial Analysis and GIS Application

This course is intended to build upon introductory GIS knowledge. Students apply more advanced methodologies using GIS and remote sensing technologies. Types of data used will include vector and raster spatial data, imagery, maps, and topographic data to examine environmental problems. Data assessed will include spatial information regarding human and natural hazards and disasters, land use and land cover, surface temperature, climate change, wetland delineation, wildlife corridor mapping, coastal erosion, human impacts on the environment, and more.

GISC 303 Conservation Cartography and Visualization

This course covers fundamental concepts of cartography and visualization using geographic information systems (GIS)  and illustration programs (Adobe Illustrator) as it is applied for conservation organizations and projects. Students employ design principles to create effective maps, incorporating data from a variety of formats used to communicate complicated environmental issues to a diverse map user audience. Hardcopy and web maps are produced to communicate conservation patterns and outcomes targeted for a diverse map audience. Infographic, animations, 3D maps, and other visualization techniques are explored to convey the importance of environmental conservation through the science and art of cartography.

GISC 307 Field Data Collection for GIS
In this course students learn best practices to design, configure and deploy ArcGIS software for field-productivity apps to meet their environmental data collection needs. Put your environmental data collection needs to the test and create a dynamic solution based on your non-profits, governmental agency or conservation data needs. This course covers the design and implementation of geographic databases for GIS data capture and management. Included are essential concepts and practices of relational database management systems, with specific application to GIS. Volunteered Geographic Information scenarios will be addressed and applied to final project.
GISC 401 Advanced GIS Analysis for Environmental Solutions
This course covers data accuracy and quality, and standard and advanced geospatial data models such as changes in glaciers, bird migration, urban heat islands and disappearing coastlines. Students will be exposed to the workflow of processing remote sensing image analysis using R. Students will also learn data integration and analysis, constraint analysis, location-allocation analysis, and metadata standards and documentation. Geospatial ethics and environmental industry applications of geospatial analysis will also be covered.
Unity College and all established programs are accredited. As a newly launched program, the B.S. in Environmental Geospatial Technologies is pending approval.

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