Spatial Sciences (SPSA)

This degree gives students the knowledge and skills to use computer-based technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing. These technologies help natural and environmental resource managers in mapping geographical features, patterns, changes, and conditions for environmental decision-making, planning, and problem solving.

Why Us?

We live in an information-based, global economy that is managed with geospatial information. Aerial and satellite remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and computerized geographic information systems (GIS) have changed the way business, science, and government are conducted. Few management decisions are made that do not involve geospatial information. This information is helping to plan urban growth, manage forests, implement precision agriculture, improve wildlife habitat and preserve wetlands, assess environmental impact, and study the causes and consequences of global climate change. Spatial Sciences graduates interprete aerial photographs and process satellite images, and have a broad understanding of computer applications and database management. Career opportunities in this rapidly growing field are diverse and exciting.

Putting Your Degree to Work


Our graduates choose career fields like these:

  • Business
  • Cartography
  • Communications
  • Government
  • Defense intelligence
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health and Human Services
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Conservation
  • Natural Resources

From Those Who Know


"The ability to work with cutting-edge technology and faculty that truly cared about my education were key factors in my decision to be a Spatial Sciences major. Careers in remote sensing and GIS have just exploded. My degree has given me a competitive edge in both the public and private sectors." - Mark Karnauch, Class of 2005

"We are learning and using high technology in spatial sciences. The diversity and capabilities of remote sensing and geographic information systems have significantly increased and are used in many professions. There are many job opportunities in the market. People are very friendly and helpful. I love being a student in the Spatial Sciences." - Muge Mutlu, Class of 2004


Multiple scholarships are available for incoming freshmen, current students, and transfers. Visit the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Web site for "Financial Aid/Scholarships," which also links to the Texas A&M Department of Student Financial Aid. In addition, the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management annually awards scholarships amounting to more than $100,000. One easy on-line application form can be accessed by students to encourage them to apply for departmental scholarships.


WE'RE ECO-LOGICAL! because our students learn to utilize the full potential of the spatial sciences in real-world problem-solving to improve the management of our world's natural and human-influenced environments. Our students apply their degrees to provide numerous benefits for business, science,and society. Their cutting-edge training in the latest technology makes them valuable partners for scientists and managers in a wide variety of disciplines, making a degree in Spatial Sciences one of the most widely applicable for today's students.


Courses You'll Need

You will take specialized courses for this major such as Interpretation of Aerial Photographs, GPS in the Geosciences, and Remote Sensing in the Renewable Natural Resources.

What's Next?

To learn more about a degree in Spatial Sciences, contact our academic advisor at 979.862.8993 or for assistance in preparing for admission or transfer.