Current and future direction of Undergraduate GIS curriculum in the USA, the effects of changes in employment possibilities - GeoTrends 2017

GIS curriculum is constantly evolving to meet current and future demands of GIS professionals. At the foundational level, it is necessary to cover basics such as coordinate systems, raster/vector data models, and effective cartographic presentation. Software tools typically involve ESRI products, as they meet most industry demands and usually serve as part of the Universities site license software agreement. Real-world experiences through internship opportunities in local spatially-based organizations are critical to building on these GIS foundations and establish applied links with local GIS professionals in the community. Developing further competencies is enabled through targeting the job market. Identifying different types of for employment opportunities ensures students are aware of the GIS job market and the broad variety of positions advertised daily. Ensuring they have skills to be competitive, the motivation to be flexible in where will acquire a start is all part of the training.

We take a flexible approach to curriculum, ensuring that courses are available in computer sciences, spatial analysis, remote sensing and self-directed studies and projects. We also ensure that we have the tools available, whether it is software, hardware or classroom spaces to work and even lab assistantships. All of these opportunities and facilities are made available to help students meet training demands and employment goals in this broad and ever-changing field.