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Geospatial Science

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The Geospatial Science Department at Carthage offers several special academic programs:

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Carthage students travel to Nicaragua every J-Term for a study tour led by Geospatial Science Professor Matt Zorn. Here, students dig trenches and lay pipe to connect water storage tanks in Altagracia.Carthage students travel to Nicaragua every J-Term for a study tour led by Geospatial Science Professor Matt Zorn. Here, students dig trenches and lay pipe to connect water storage tanks in Altagracia.The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified geospatial analysis as a leading area of employment in the coming years. Carthage offers a major and minor in Geographic Information Science, allowing students to learn to use software, web-based geospatial applications, and database management systems, developing skills for cartographic representation, spatial analysis, and geovisualization. 

Climatology/Meteorology Minor

This program — unusual at a small liberal arts college — combines geography and physics. The Climatology and Meteorology minor is designed for students interested in pursuing careers related to the study of weather and climate phenomena. This sequence of classes provides a firm foundation in the physics and geography needed to pursue graduate studies in meteorology, climate, and the atmospheric sciences.

J-Term

J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours in other countries. The Geospatial Science Department offers courses every J-Term. Recent on-campus offerings include The Science of Global Climate Change and The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource: Water. Recent off-campus study tours include study tours to China, Japan, the Himalayas, Nicaragua, Hawaii, and the Grand Canyon.

SURE: Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

SURE offers Carthage students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor during the summer doing real research work. Students receive a stipend, room and board on campus, and a small research budget.

Students pose for a photograph during a J-Term study tour of China, led by faculty in the Geospatial Science Department.Students pose for a photograph during a J-Term study tour of China, led by faculty in the Geospatial Science Department.

 

“The department helped me achieve my educational goals, giving me the opportunity for several internships and job openings. The curriculum offers a wide range of interesting courses including GIS, Earth Revealed, and Senior Thesis, where you can research a topic of interest and bond with other students. The professors care about their students and want each to succeed.”
— Jennifer Dorman ’15

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