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Geography is the study of where things are and why things are where they are. Physical Geography is about patterns in the natural world, including the atmosphere, oceans and solid land. Human Geography is about patterns of human cultural, political, and economic activity. What will your career look like?
First modern Geography is very exciting. There are new technologies like GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and remote sensing (looking at the Earth from satellites) that give us exciting and powerful ways to help understand how physical and human systems work. Second, many of the challenges that face us in the future are related to the cultural, political, and economic differences between places. Geography is an ideal way to get involved in tackling these challenges. Finally, GIS is one of the hottest career fields available. Skilled GIS experts are in great demand in business, government, and science. Job growth in GIS is expected to be among the highest of all fields over the coming decade, and starting salaries are above average.
FHSU is making a strong effort to become a leader in the new geographic technologies in GIS. The faculty is highly skilled and has extensive experience. The GIS lab facilities are modern and improving all the time. Financial assistance is available, and the Department of Geosciences has many fun activities like field trips and the Sternberg Geosciences and Geocaching Club.
A Geographic Information System (or GIS) is a computer tool for manipulating and displaying spatial data (information about places and what can be found at those places). GIS's can be used for making wonderful maps, but can do much more, including asking questions about relationships between places and how places have changed.Geographic information systems (GIS) technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, and development planning. For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, or a GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution. In the strictest sense, a GIS is a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information , i.e. data identified according to their locations. Practitioners also regard the total GIS as including operating personnel and the data that go into the system.
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