The simple definition of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is location data on features connected with information about these features viewed on computers with software controlled by people who know what they are doing.
We place a high priority on people, or more specifically, our students. The talented team of students in our GIS lab work on a variety of funded projects designed to provide them with experiential learning opportunities to challenge them and expand their critical thinking and analytic skills. This experience, combined with the top-notch Liberal Arts education provided at Washington College, helps to make them very competitive for the careers of their future.
Please check out our extensive web page to learn more about the projects we do. You can link to our social media outlets and learn even more about our team. We are also always looking for new team members and new projects to work on too so come by the GIS lab anytime for a tour of our hi-tech workspaces.
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Contained within the Center for Environment and Society, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program provides technical support for faculty research programs and faculty academic courses, provides technical support for other administrative units on campus, and pursues externally funded research grants and contracts unique to GIS. The program’s mission is to promote and foster the use of geospatial technology in education and research at Washington College and the larger Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania community as a whole. We seek to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration amongst faculty and staff while engaging our students in real-world experiential learning opportunities with groups in the local community who can benefit from using geographical information and spatial analysis. Our goals are to:
- To foster geospatial research within Washington College and the regional community.
- To provide geospatial technical services to Washington College and the regional community.
- To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration amongst faculty, staff, students, and organizations in the local community who can benefit from using geospatial technologies.
- To provide real-world experiential learning opportunities for students allowing for the development of critical thinking and spatial analytic skills.