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Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis

The Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA), a National Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences promotes environmental and geospatial interdisciplinary education with advanced technology and collaborative learning. By choosing the B.S. degree with focus area, a minor, an associate degree pathway, or certificate program, students find the flexibility to follow their passions, while earning valuable, work-ready training through internships, community service, and research projects. IESA participates in the Academic Common Market where students from outside the state of Georgia can enroll in certain degree programs and qualify for in-state tuition. Learn more about the Academic Common Market.

Associate Degrees may be started on any campus except Dahlonega and can be completed in Gainesville or Oconee (coded below). Read about UNG internal transfer policies.

Associate Degree(s) in Core Curriculum with pathway courses

Associate degrees in core curriculum require 18 credit hours in Area F (pathway courses) within the 60 credit hour degree.
Pathway Catalog Campus Colleges or Academic Units
Environmental Health G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Geography G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Geology G O Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis

The campus designation code indicates that the degree can be completed on that campus or online, as indicated.

BBlue Ridge
CCumming
DDahlonega
GGainesville
OOconee
OnlineOnline

Bachelor’s Degrees may be started on any campus and can only be completed in Dahlonega or Gainesville (coded below).

Bachelor Degree Title Catalog Campus Colleges or Academic Units
B.S. in Environmental Spatial Analysis (ESA) G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis

The campus designation code indicates that the degree can be completed on that campus or online, as indicated.

BBlue Ridge
CCumming
DDahlonega
GGainesville
OOconee
OnlineOnline

Bachelor’s Degrees may be started on any campus and can only be completed in Dahlonega or Gainesville (coded below).

Program Name Catalog Campus Colleges or Academic Units
Earth Science Certificate G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology Certificate G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Geographic Information Science Certificate G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Environmental Sciences Certificate G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Environmental Studies Certificate G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Space Studies Certificate G Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis

The campus designation code indicates that the degree can be completed on that campus or online, as indicated.

BBlue Ridge
CCumming
DDahlonega
GGainesville
OOconee
OnlineOnline
Minors may be only completed in conjunction with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Program Name Catalog Campus Colleges or Academic Units
Earth Science Minor Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Environmental Studies Minor Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Geospatial Science and Technology Minor Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Space Studies Minor Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis

The campus designation code indicates that the degree can be completed on that campus or online, as indicated.

BBlue Ridge
CCumming
DDahlonega
GGainesville
OOconee
OnlineOnline

Admissions Information

To learn more about applying to the University of North Georgia, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

Information for Dual Enrollment Students

The following IESA sponsored courses are approved for dual enrollment students in 2018. These courses satisfy the general core curriculum requirements for any major and in Area F for the Associate of Science Degrees in Geography and Geology and in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental and Spatial Analysis. The main benefit of dual enrollment classes provide high school students with both high school credits towards graduation and college credits which can be applied towards a degree to be earned at the University of North Georgia or transferred to another institution of higher learning. For more information about dual enrollment visit the Georgia Futures website or the UNG Advising pages.

  • GEOG 1111K   Introduction to Physical Geography  
  • GEOG 1112K    Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 1101      Human Geography
  • GEOG 1102      World Regional Geography
  • GEOL 1121K    Physical Geology        
  • GEOL 1122K    Historical Geology

To meet with a STEM advisor for assistance in selecting the appropriate Geography or Geology course to meet your academic goals, please email iesa@ung.edu.

IESA Internship

Goals of Internship

The credit-bearing internship provides students an opportunity to work in an off-campus internship for academic credit. Students are expected to obtain valuable experience by applying their knowledge and skills in geospatial technologies in the real-world work environment.

Steps of Registration

  1. The student needs to get an off-campus internship (paid or unpaid). The internship has to be at least 10-hour per week.
  2. The student needs to complete Internship Learning Agreement form. The completed form has to be signed by the student, the internship site supervisor and the IESA faculty internship advisor.
  3. After the paperwork is done, the student should register the course “GISC4983: Internship in GIS” for 1-3 credit hours.

IESA Internship Advisor/Coordinator

Yu Sun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis
University of North Georgia
Office: Science Bldg. 253
Email: yu.sun@ung.edu 
Phone: 678-717-3806

What can you do with a career in environmental and spatial analysis?

Most GIS and environmental professionals work full time, which is at least 40 hours per week. Individuals can expect both field work and indoor work. When working outside, you may stand for long periods and often walk long distances, sometimes in bad weather. Handheld technologies are used in the field; data analysis is completed in the computer lab. Some technicians fly UAVs (drones) to collect aerial imagery of environmental conditions and then process the imagery with their other mapping data. Demand for surveying services is closely tied to construction activity, and job opportunities will vary by geographic region, often depending on local economic conditions. Increasing use of geographic technologies and data will drive employment growth in the careers of surveying, mapping technicians, geographers, environmental engineering, urban planning and community development.

AGET Technician Career Pathways

  • High School and Technical College Recruitment leads to
    • Transferred credits from accredited technical college and
    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
    • Transferred credits from accredited technical college leads to
      • Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology Certificate (optional) and
      • Proposed A.S. degree: Geospatial Engineering and Technology with Directed Emphasis Areas
    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent also leads to
      • Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology Certificate (optional) and
      • Proposed A.S. degree: Geospatial Engineering and Technology with Directed Emphasis Areas

        • Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology Certificate (optional) leads to
          • Proposed A.S. degree: Geospatial Engineering and Technology with Directed Emphasis Areas 
        • Supplemental Instruction (if needed) also leads to
          • Proposed A.S. degree: Geospatial Engineering and Technology with Directed Emphasis Areas
          • Proposed A.S. degree: Geospatial Engineering and Technology with Directed Emphasis Areas with Proposed Land Surveying Certificate (optional) leads to
            • Georgia Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) exam
          • Proposed A.S. degree: Geospatial Engineering and Technology with Directed Emphasis Areas also leads to
            • Agriculture Technician
            • Forest and Conservation Technician
            • Environmental Science Technician
            • Civil Engineering Technician
            • Geology Technician
            • Surveying and Mapping Technician

Careers & Salaries

Most work full time, which is at least 40 hours per week. Individuals can expect both field work and indoor work. When working outside, you may stand for long periods and often walk long distances, sometimes in bad weather. 

Survey & Mapping Technicians: median annual wage per year $42,010 / $20.20 per hour (2015)

Surveyors: median annual wage per year $58,020 / $27.89 per hour (2015)

Geographers: median annual wage per year $74,260 / $35.70 per hour (2015)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition

Career Roadmaps

Career Roadmaps help students understand the relevance between education and the workforce.  The roadmaps are aligned with the Georgia Department of Education Career Clusters and Career Pathways that highlight the connection between career clusters in high schools and college majors at UNG.

Roadmaps related to Environmental Spatial Analysis:

Explore Student Clubs

GeoScience

GeoScience Association

Location

Gainesville Campus

Meetings

Meets every two weeks on Mondays at 12:00 p.m. 

Advisors

  • Dr. Katayoun Mobasher
  • Dr. Jerry Allison
  • Dr. Chris Seminack
Engineering

Engineering Club

Location

Gainesville Campus

Meetings

Meets approximately every two weeks at 12:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Advisors

  • Dr. Jeff Turk
  • Dr. Redahegn Sileshi
GeoSpatial Alliance

Geospatial Alliance Club

Location

Gainesville Campus

Meetings

Meets every two weeks on Mondays at 12:00 p.m.

Advisors

  • Dr. Jamie Mitchem
  • Dr. Yu Sun

UNG Geospatial Alliance

AIPG

Student Chapter of the
American Institute for Professional Geologists

Advisor

Dr. Katayoun Mobasher

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