The Digital Mapping bundle is connected to the Geography program. The interdisciplinary nature of geography makes it a stimulating area of study that has many digital-oriented career paths. Geographers are behind the maps you use every day, as well as the policies that shape our cities, and the analysis that sustains our environment--and you can be, too! Geographers help shape the future design of cities and infrastructure. Geographers assess the impacts of rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and tropical storms, while others study impacts of wildfires or manage wetlands. Geographers analyze new markets and locations for businesses. Geographers use cutting edge satellite data to defend human rights by detecting large-scale abuses. Geographers also work directly with local people on social justice issues such as health and migration. Geographers and those with digital mapping skills thrive on complex challenges and want to make a real impact on lives and our environment. The Digital Mapping bundle introduces students to a variety of different digital technologies, including geographic information system (G.I.S.) databases, digital mapping tools, drones, 360º camera imaging, surveying equipment, and visualization software. 

IDS faculty are currently working with Digital Mapping students to geolocate historical photos onto a 360º streetview-like plane, towards an augmented reality history project called “Mainstreet 360º”. Other geography faculty research and apply drone videography, data visualization, and G.I.S., studying riverbeds and examining global warming in the arctic tundra. Interactive media plays a large role in how geographic research is conducted and communicated.

Career Possibilities

  • Cartographer
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician, Analyst, Programmer or Manager
  • Geospatial Software Developer
  • Digital Cartographic Designer
  • Drone Operator for Mapping and Communication
  • Land Survey Technician
  • Data Visualization Specialist
  • Geospatial Systems Engineer
  • ​​Government spatial data specialist (NASA, NOAA, NGIA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), CDC (Center for Disease Control),  CIA, DOT
  • IT/GIS specialist in Google, Facebook, Twitter, US Marines, Army, Navy, Airforce
  • Project Manager/GIS Analyst/Planner – WalMart, Walgreens, Oil Companies
  • City Manager/Planner
  • Market Analyst
  • GIS Crime and Predictive Policing Analyst
  • ​​Environmental Manager/Consultant
  • Recreation Analyst
  • Park Ranger
  • National Geospatial Security Analyst
  • Natural Hazards Insurance Analyst
  • Agronomy GIS specialist

The Digital Mapping bundle pairs well with:

Data visualization, which includes charts, tables, and maps, is an important part of the creative projects developed and designed in the Visualization bundle.

Computation, Web Development
Code and programming are essential elements behind a lot of advanced geographic imaging tools.  Both Computation and Web Development are helpful complements to the Digital Mapping bundle.

Increasingly, digital humanities projects call for integrated interactive mapping components. The History bundle introduces you to what is possible.

Geography major/minor
You may decide that you like digital mapping so much you will make the Geography Department your academic home.

Associated Student Organizations:

Geography Club
This student organization offers academic professional and social opportunities to advance the field of Geography using the following three principles. 1) To further professional interest in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field. 2) To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory. 3)To advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation.

Digital Collective
Geared towards student collaboration, creativity, experimentation, and job preparation, this organization helps creative and tech-savvy students meet each other across disciplines and learn about the professional expectations of digital industry jobs. The Digital Collective supports speakers, industry hops, and general networking. 

Digital Mapping Contact

Dr. Mark Welford (Department Head, Geography):