Geospatial Science and Technology


Gain the sought-after skills of geospatial technology.

Expertise in geospatial science and technology is of critical importance to an increasingly interconnected world. With the knowledge you’ll gain in the Geospatial Science and Technology student at Frostburg State University’ you'll gain the experience needed to prepare for a variety of careers, including GIS analyst, community planner, environmental technician.

Open to students of all majors, these highly sought-after skills are a great complement to many occupations. Whether you’re majoring in business administration, economics, recreation & parks management, computer information systems, history, information technology, international studies, criminal justice, wildlife & fisheries or any other field, the skills learned will open up opportunities in your field of choice.

This rapidly growing field is important as a regional resource for the preparation of professionals with geotechnical skills in the state of Marland and the surrounding areas.


Geospatial Science and Technology Program Highlights

  • Add a minor that works with your career field of choice and learn skills in a rapidly growing field.

  • Engage in hands-on and field-based learning and develop your skills in FSUs facilities which include a geochemistry laboratory, an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and remote sensing laboratory, and the Western Maryland Regional GIS Center. Our courses include field activities in local environmental sites.

  • Take advantage of apprenticeship opportunities with the Western Maryland Regional GIS Center located on the Frostburg State University campus.

  • Join our Gamma Theta Upsilon Honors Society in department and community service projects, including hosting a YouthMappers chapter, which is a global, web-based humanitarian mapping project.

What can I do with a geography degree?


Median pay for geographers graduates (BLS 2021)

Related Occupations 

Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst  

Geographic Information Specialist (GIS) Specialist




According to ONET, the online occupational resource set up by the U.S. Department of Labor, there are over 120 occupations where workers may use geographic information system skills. The American Association of Geographers indicates significant growth for positions that emphasize the use of skills.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following industries as the greatest employers of geographic information systems specialists (included under "cartographers and photogrammetrists)
  • local government
  • architecture and engineering services
  • federal and state government
  • management, scientific and technical consulting services

What You'll Learn

You'll develop crosscutting geospatial skills and knowledge, such as Earth geometry and geodesy, data quality, positioning systems, remote sensing and photogrammetry, cartography and visualization, geographic information systems, programming, application development, data modeling, GST and society.

Through the program you will:

  • Use GIS to acquire, manage, display and analyze spatial data in digital form
  • Produce, create and design paper or digital maps
  • Gain knowledge of the properties of geospatial data, the factors that affect data quality and data production technologies, including:
    • data collection
    • data capture
    • methods and technologies used to collect georeferenced observations and measurements
  • Use quantitative methods to process spatial data for the purpose of making calculations, models and inferences about space, spatial patterns and spatial relationships
  • Knowledge and application of analytical and modeling functions of geospatial software
  • Become familiar with the historical origins and development of geospatial technology

When I was first applied, I knew I wanted to do geography or science. When I saw all the cool research we have and the testing that we do, I wanted to get out there and do it.

Meredith Johnson, Geography Alum

Our Alumni

Our geography graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers. 

Job Titles

  • Community clean water action plan coordinator
  • GIS analyst
  • GIS technician
  • Environmental specialist
  • Hydrologic technician
  • Logistics analyst
  • Natural Resources police officer
  • Scientific programmer
  • Survey CAD technician


  • Adams County (PA) Conservation District
  • LMI Logistics
  • Montgomery County Parks
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • National Park Service
  • St. Mary’s County Government
  • Triumvirate Environmental
  • U.S. Geological Survey



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