New minor in geospatial technology

Academics,

Starting in Fall 2018, a new minor will introduce students at Lake Erie College to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Geospatial technology, as it is called, will fall under the environmental science major but can advance students from other disciplines on their own pathways.

“Environmental science majors will certainly find the Geospatial Technology minor useful,” said Dr. Steven K. Reynolds, Jr., associate professor of biology and LEC’s director of institutional research.  “Moreover, students from any major would gain skills with this minor that could help them launch business ventures, track political opinions, analyze geographic health trends, and more. Geospatial technology is incredibly versatile.”

Dr. Reynolds will teach all of the minor’s six required courses.

The minor will give students basic proficiency in identifying processes and using equipment to capture, store, analyze, manage, and present spatial/geographic data. Its subtopics will include cartography, spatial analysis, demography and more, combining map-making with map analysis.

Using open source computer software, students will be able to sense and measure spatial phenomena and patterns, monitoring changes over time on digital screens and producing models. They could demonstrate how the presence of trees can improve air quality or reduce the effects of flooding, for example.

Eventually, Dr. Reynolds said, student could create maps for use by organizations like the Metroparks. Several such projects could include mapping the distribution of erosion patterns, algae blooms in Lake Erie and plants via drones.

For more information about the geospatial technology minor at Lake Erie College, contact Dr. Steven Reynolds at sreynolds@lec.edu.

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