Geospatial Information Science and Technology
Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) harnesses the power of satellite imagery, 3d mapping and computer science to collect data and analyze features on the earth's surface.
Geospatial mapping is used in industries ranging from oil field development and resource exploration to monitoring and improving wildlife habitat. Anyone who has ever researched driving directions on the internet has used a geographic mapping system! This exciting and relatively new field of study prepares students to be technicians working in a range of ways:
  • Planning urban growth
  • Designing roads
  • Managing forests
  • Exploring natural resources
  • Mapping natural disasters
  • Real estate site selection
  • and much more! 


CWC's program is designed to encourage students to develop skills in critical and creative thinking. The program equips students with the scientific and analytical background required to work with high-tech mapping technologies to assess real world problems and provide solutions. 

Examples of data collection technology in GIST involve: 
Global Positioning Systems  (GPS) – Space based satellites that provide location and time information on earth 
Remote Sensing (RS) – Aerial sensor technologies that detect and gather information on earth 
Geographic Information System (GIS) – Systems that collect and analyze geographical data 

Transfer Options: Virtually all of the courses in this program transfer well to either the Environment and Natural Resources program at the University of Wyoming, or (in the case of GIST courses) to the Geography Department. Specific course transfer depends upon the department students wish to enter at UW.


Faculty: Jacki Klancher – program facilitator for the GIST program has been an educator for over twenty years. Whether leading wilderness expeditions, orchestrating student field trips to sample surface or ground water, or conducting ecology-based treks to Yellowstone, Jacki's goal remains fixed: to enhance student learning by providing a well-designed classroom experience supported by field-based education opportunities. Her passions outside the classroom include spending time with her family in beautiful places, ultra-distance cycling and gliding skis over snow.



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