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Environmental Geospatial Technologies

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is October 5. Applying is easy and free!

High-tech meets environmental Science

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! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find solutions to global problems

Understand and utilize geospatial data

Join a high-demand workforce


Cartographer 10-year projected growth rate


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Source: Burning Glass Technologies. “Labor Insight™ Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool.” Updated March 11, 2020.

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

What Students are saying

“The tutorials chosen for building maps, story maps etc were great. They had step by step, clear instructions. I really liked the discussions which opened up new ideas & concepts from each person’s own experience. Learning to use Story Maps was something I think everyone can apply right away.”

Student of Introduction to GIS

Careers and Outcomes

Follow your curiosity.

Realize your potential.

Faculty Profiles

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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. 

Sample Environmental Geospatial Technologies Courses

  • 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.