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Environmental Geographic Information Systems

Environmental Geographic Information Systems

Program Description

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based system designed to collect, store, integrate, manipulate, analyze & display data in a spatially referenced environment. It allows you to analyze data visually and see patterns, trends, and relationships that might not be visible in tabular or written form. GIS is a very important skill for many environmental scientists. This concentration gives students an extensive skill set in GIS that they can use in the job market or as an entry point into graduate school. 

The Environmental Geographic Information Systems concentration in the Environmental Science bachelor’s degree program helps students prepare for a graduate degree program from another university or for potential job titles such as:

  • Conservationist
  • Climate Scientist 
  • Health Geographer
  • GIS Manager
  • Cartographers
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Archeologist 
  • Photogrammetrist
  • App Developer 

In addition to Environmental Geographic Information Systems, other concentrations in this major include:

Points of Pride

  • Students participate in research with a faculty member and many publish papers and travel to conferences.
  • Faculty have grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Department of Education.
  • AUM has a relationship with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab that allows students to take marine biology courses at the Sea Lab on the Gulf of Mexico.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 97,400 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth. The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $66,070 in May 2018, which was higher than the median wage for all occupations of $38,640.

 U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample 
JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Environmental Scientists and Specialists$71,1308%
Geographers$80,3003%
Environmental Engineers$87,6205%

For More Information

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Auburn University at Montgomery
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Program Overview

For a full review of this concentration in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

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