At A Glance

The Geospatial Science Department at Carthage prepares graduates to analyze modern global challenges: environmental change, water resources, energy supply, population growth and shifts, hunger, disease, and regional conflicts. To attack those problems, students need a thorough knowledge of the Earth’s structure, landforms, hydrology, and patterns. Geoscience courses teach them to collect and analyze data from the field, the lab, and online sources.

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Essential skills for a changing world.

Courses and fieldwork in the Carthage Geospatial Science Department emphasize critical thinking and problem solving, preparing graduates with essential skills for analyzing today’s global challenges: environmental change, water resources, energy supplies, and shortages, population growth and shifts, hunger, disease, and regional conflicts.

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What You’ll Learn

Geospatial scientists study the world we live in and on. The discipline focuses on spatial analysis — studying the processes that determine where and how people interact with their environment. At Carthage, the geoscience curriculum will prepare you to address global challenges ranging from climate change and sustainability to environmental hazards and biodiversity. In geoscience courses, you will learn how to collect and analyze data from the field, in the lab, and from online sources.


Capstone experience

All Carthage students must complete a senior thesis to graduate. As part of this capstone experience, students develop and conduct original or applied research in their junior and senior years. Some projects have been presented at national venues such as Posters on the Hill, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, and the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, as well as on campus at the College’s annual Celebration of Scholars event.


Beyond the Classroom

Internships and professional development

Carthage has a network of alumni and faculty contacts, and we will help you find internships, jobs, and educational development opportunities that will give you real-world experience and enhance your skills.

In the summer of 2016, current students engaged in:

  • An NSF-funded study of energy transfers in thunderstorms.
  • A SeaGrant internship.
  • Two students working full-time on a NASA-funded remote sensing and forestry project.
  • A GIS internship with the Kenosha Water Utility.
  • Educating hikers on the Appalachian Trail in New England.

J-Term

J-Term is a month-long period of intense study, with opportunities to take courses on campus and to travel. The Geospatial Science Department offers courses every J-Term. Recent on-campus offerings include The Science of Global Climate Change and The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource: Water. Recent off-campus study tours include study tours to China, Japan, the Himalayas, Nicaragua, Hawaii, Belize, Iceland, and the Grand Canyon.

See more opportunities for geoscience students