Geographic Information Science
WKU's Geographic Information Science faculty are nationally-certified to meet today's GIS industry standards in education, contribution, profession, and ethics. We provide students with the training to become productive users of GIS technology and strive to position WKU to play a constructive role in helping local and regional organizations to plan for a positive future.
What is GIS?
A Geographic Information System (GIS) combines very sophisticated computer technology and trained people to develop digital models of the world around us. These models of the world can help us to understand and plan for the future of communities and regions more effectively. A GIS includes capabilities for digital data creation, the storage and retrieval of digital data, the manipulation and analysis of those data, and the presentation of data using maps, graphs, tables, and other displays.
Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the scientific discipline studying the theory and concepts providing a base for the effective use of all GISystems. GIScience also studies data structures and methods for capturing, modeling, processing, and analyzing geographic information and the science behind geographic information.
GISystems addresses the “what” and “where” and GIScience addresses the "how." GIScience is the foundation for effective GISystems use and how it plays a role in society.