The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EESC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) offers a Geographic Information Science (GIS) Major (30 CH) in addition to a GIS Minor (18 CH) and a GIS Certificate Program (12 CH). These programs are to train the next generation of students as future scientists and policymakers who apply the basic principles of spatial literacy in complex systems. Spatial literacy is becoming increasingly utilized in many disciplines and there is correspondingly high demand for practitioners who utilize and apply GIS technology in various fields.
The GIS programs will open several high-tech pathways to career improvement and are intended for those pursuing a career as GIS professionals who work with geospatial data across a broad employment spectrum including but not limited to government, business, utilities and communication, natural resources, defense, education, health and human services.
Students are encouraged to choose an area of emphasis to augment their GIS major by pursuing a minor such as Computer Science, Public Health, Urban Studies, International Studies, Criminal Justice, and National Security Studies. In addition, GIS minor is recommended to students who major in a broad range of disciplines including social sciences, professional studies, business and STEM for the interdisciplinary applications of GIS.
GIS forms the “geospatial backbone” of a family of Spatial Literacy-related competencies that constitute one of the “Top Ten” fastest-growing disciplines of the 21st century. GIS is highly inter-and multi-disciplinary and spatial literacy is becoming increasingly utilized in a great many disciplines, including Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Homeland Security, Nursing, Public Health, Criminal Justice, Business, Sociology, Psychology and Digital Humanities.
NJCU offers GIS education to diverse learners who need high-tech skills for success. This program will produce essential GIS professionals to serve fast-growing urban communities through partnership and collaboration with local government, agencies and organizations.
The U.S. Department of Labor has identified the geospatial sector including GIS as high-growth. The applicability of GIS in numerous industries and industry sectors will continue to fuel workforce demand for GIS professionals across a broad and deep employment spectrum.
Hun Bok Jung, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences