College of Arts and Sciences



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


Seeking to understand the nature of geographic information and its role in science and society, geographic information science (GISci) is among the most prominent fields with respect to job growth. At Indiana University, we use GISci to analyze human and physical phenomena and processes. GIScience offers a holistic perspective that integrates concepts, methods, and data across traditional disciplinary boundaries. We use geographic information, such as remotely sensed data from satellite sensors, and spatial analytical methods to improve the power and effectiveness of models of environmental change. We also use software from geographic information systems (GIS) to integrate social data with assessments of natural and technological hazards and processes. GIS and related geospatial technologies are a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States alone.

At IU-Geography, students can explore a wide variety of important applications and methods, including vegetation dynamics, demography, telecommunications, health, and national security. Indiana University regularly is ranked among the top US institutions for technology resources, including network connectivity, lab resources, and high-performance computing. This infrastructure provides students and faculty working in the area of GIScience with an excellent environment for their research and teaching activities.