Geographic Information Science
The synthesis of spatial theory, methods and technologies
used to study and map geographic interrelationships, distributions,
networks, temporal change and other spatially aware information,
in order to better understand and manage limited earth resources.
Who Uses It?
While having roots in Geography, many disciplines have contributed
to the development and use of Geographic Information Science.
In the CSU system, Anthropologists, Biologists, Business Marketers,
Computer Scientists, Economists, Engineers, Environmental
Scientists, Foresters, Geologists, Historians, Journalists,
Landscape Architects, Natural Resource Planners, Oceanographers,
Political Scientists, Sociologists, Urban Planners, and Wildlife
Scientists also use these technologies in class and for their
CSU GIS Newsletter
The CSU GIS
Established in 1992 to promote GIS and geographic techniques
for spatial analysis within the CSU system. Member campuses
participate in a software site license with Environmental Systems
Research Institute (ESRI) for GIS software, and ERDAS for remote
sensing and image processing software. Benefits include training
programs and technical workshops, membership in the University
Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and complimentary
registrations for the ESRI User and Education User Conferences.
Perhaps most importantly, the GIS
Specialty Center promotes intercampus dialogue on teaching,
research and application issues within the field of Geographic