"The goal of the Geospatial Data and Analysis Specialization is to streamline students' training in the various aspects of geospatial technology and, consequently, improve the quality of research performed by Ohio State graduate students."


The GSDA curriculum consists of both required and elective courses in the core areas of geographic information systems, spatial statistics, and remote sensing. Below is a listing of the courses offered in each of these areas, along with credit-hour requirements. It is anticipated that new courses in these areas may be offered in the future; students must obtain permission from one of the GIS administrators if they deviate from these requirements.

Required Courses

Students must take one of the following courses in each of the three core areas.

Geographic Information Science Geog 607 Fundamentals of GIS (5 credits)
Geog 685 Intermediate GIS (5 credits)
Geog 787 Advanced Applications in Geographic Information Systems (5 credits)
Spatial Statistics Stat 662 Environmental Statistics (3 credits)
Stat 829 Spatial Statistics (3 credits)
Remote Sensing CivEn 603 Remote Sensing of the Environment (4 credit)
CivEn 606 Quantitative Remote Sensing (4 credit)
CivEn 808 Integrating Remote Sensing with Engineering Databases (5 credit)

Elective Courses

Students may choose from the following courses to complete the required 21-23 hours of course work for the GIS. These elective courses must be from at least two different core areas, and a minimum of 14 credit hours must be taken outside the student's home department (may include required courses).

Field Courses
Geographic Information Systems Geog 647 Location Analysis (5 credits)
Geog 685 Intermediate GIS* (5 credits)
Geog 686 GIS in Social Science and Business Research (5 credits)
Geog 687 Design and Implementation of GIS (5 credits)
Geog 787 Advanced Applications in Geographic Information Systems* (5 credits)
Spatial Statistics Stat 662 Environmental Statistics* (3 credits)
Stat 656 Multivariate Analysis (5 credits)
Stat 829 Spatial Statistics* (3 credits)
Remote Sensing CivEn 606 Quantitative Remote Sensing* (4 credit)
CivEn 694.05 Remote Sensing and Environmental Surveys (1-5 credits)
CivEn 804 Water Resources Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing (5 credits)
CivEn 808 Integrating Remote Sensing with Engineering Databases* (5 credits)
Digital Terrain Analysis GeodSci/CivEn 604 Terrain Analysis (4 credits)
GeodSci 629 Digital Photogrammetry I (4 credits)
GeodSci 728 Digital Photogrammetry II (4 credits)
GeodSci 787 Advanced Spatial Database Systems (4 credits)

* only if not taken as a required course