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Geo Informatics Program

Program Overview

CHANGE THE WORLD! Do you want to become an expert in the rapidly expanding field of geographic information systems and remote sensing? Then join GU program of Geo-informatics.

Thanks to smart phones, GIS, satellites and sensors there’s more geographic data being created than ever before. With Geo-informatics you can transform all of this seemingly unrelated, random data into something useful.

Geo-Informatics deals with the acquisition, management, analysis, and display of geographic information from Google Maps to GPS navigation to global vegetation and water monitoring. In our Geo-Informatics program, you will obtain intensive science-based training in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (imaging from satellites and aircraft), and cartography, including web-based applications. You will apply advanced computer software and techniques to the challenge of understanding the Earth’s physical and natural systems, addressing environmental problems, and planning human interventions.This program at GU combines hands-on learning, using the latest in laboratory facilities, with opportunities to gain field experience and to do work placements. Students of this program get trained in associated physical or natural sciences and computer sciences.

The multidisciplinary studies degree in Geo-informatics allows students to study multiple fields such as computer science, statistics, data science, cloud computing, earth science, geographic information system, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Geo-informatics is a blend of data interference, algorithmic development, and spatial technology to solve spatial-related earth science, climate science, and environmental science problems. Companies like Google, Amazon, and many business and governmental agencies use Geo-informatics to make decisions for societal benefits and scientific research and exploration.

The B.Sc. degree of Geo-Informatics program from GU is intended to produce professionals who are capable of using information technology (IT) to handle spatial information for the country's economic, social, and physical development.

Geo-informatics's rapidly evolving field brings some excellent meaningful insights to solve the problems of the real world by bringing together the technologies and tools required for exploration, visualization, acquisition, and integration of various spatial data.

Degree Requirements

To graduate from this program, students must study 128 Credit Hours, which are classified into different levels as follows:

1) University requirements include 20 Credit Hours, divided into 14 Credit Hours for 7 mandatory courses and Credit Hours for 3 elective courses.

2) Faculty requirements include 24 Credit Hours, divided into 1Credit Hours, for 5 mandatory courses and Credit Hours for 3 elective courses.

3)  Specialized requirements include 84 Credit Hours, divided into 60 Credit Hours for 20 mandatory courses and 24 Credit Hours for 8 elective courses. 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Define the methods and mechanisms of Geo-Informatics science.
  • Understand how to use the devices of land surveying to gather field information.
  • Draw the appropriate methods of spatial information modeling in different geographical topics.
  • Design, program and implement application software in Geo-Informatics.
  • Employ the skills of programming languages in the development and creation of new Software for Geo-Informatics.
  • Formulate scientific hypotheses and develop appropriate experimental design.
  • Use the ICT that help dealing with Internet and related scientific topics.

Potential Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program can choose one of the following career paths. They can work as: Geo-Information Officer, GIS/Remote Sensing Manager, Geospatial Database Administrator, GIS System Analyst, GIS Programmer/Application Developer, GIS/Remote Sensing Project Manager or GIS/Remote Sensing Project Consultant.

Here are some career insights that may help you choose your future job title:

  1. GEOGRAPHER

Geographers study the earth’s surface, surveying how features form and change, how inhabitants navigate their environments, and the effects of social, political, and cultural norms. They gather and interpret data from various sources, including fieldwork, censuses, maps, photographs, and satellite imagery. Their research involves observation, controlled experiments, and surveys. They may then link their results to other fields of study, including economics, public health, politics, and environmental science.

  1. CARTOGRAPHER/PHOTOGRAMMETRIST

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists both review geographic data to create and update maps. However, there are significant differences in their approaches. While cartographers strive to create informative maps that can be intuitively used for reference, Photogrammetrists create models of the planet’s surface that can then generate maps.

  1. URBAN /REGIONAL PLANNER

Urban and regional planners layout land used to accommodate various populations. They record and analyze information from censuses, environmental studies, and market research to help communities  fulfill residents’ needs in a more effective way. Urban planners’ responsibilities may include developing parks in urban areas, creating new options for homeless populations, or working to make neighborhoods more attractive to businesses.

These professionals use GIST software to interpret geographic and demographic information for planning purposes visually. For example, an urban planner may compare the geography of an area with its population density, then use the findings to design suitable infrastructure systems. Planners work closely with government officials, engineers, lawyers, real estate developers, and architects.

  1. SURVEYOR

Surveyors determine legal property boundaries, taking measurements for land transactions and engineering, construction, or map-making projects. They use GIS software, among other methods and tools, to measure distances and angles with optimal precision.

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