College of Arts and Sciences



  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Spatial Data Analysis


Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) are rapidly growing sub-fields with applications in environmental science, national security, demography, intelligence, forestry, disaster assessment, environmental management, climatology, urban planning, criminal justice, and agriculture among other areas.

IU’s Department of Geography GIS/RS concentration teaches students skills in the analysis, management, and application of spatial information through analysis of digital geospatial data. Students in this program learn real-world skills in understanding how to critically analyze social and environmental dynamics. How does population growth affect environmental degradation? How does gentrification affect long-term social and economic inequality in urban areas? How will climate change affect food and water security in the future? These types of questions can be powerfully addressed through the application of GIS and Remote Sensing. 

The curriculum includes the background, theory, and technical skills for global positioning system (GPS), digital mapping, image analyses (both satellite and airborne), geo-visualization, and spatial modeling in different fields. The students in this concentration become GIS/RS professionals as environmental analysts, urban planners, university instructors, market analysts, cartographers, GIS librarians, disaster managers, and watershed/forest researchers.