Geospatial analyses are a rapidly growing approach to problem solving across a wide array of environmental and earth science disciplines. The Nicholas School's Geospatial Analysis Program develops and maintains:

  • Undergraduate and graduate (professional MEM & PhD) geospatial technologies curricula
  • Research support for geospatial technologies and analysis
  • Professional non-degree, distance learning instruction & certificate programs
  • The institutional geospatial technology liaison between the Nicholas School and University


From marine science to surficial earth processes, from environmental economics to environmental epidemiology, from landscape ecology to conservation planning; all of these areas benefit, even require, the powerful analytical and presentation abilities of geospatial technologies for mapping out today's environmental solutions. Geospatial technologies include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), satellite remote sensing, field surveying and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

In addition to providing a more focused and deeper treatment of these skills, the certificate program will provide visible recognition for mastery of these tools. Students completing this program will be highly sought after in both analytical and management positions.