Spatial Data Science
Spatial Data Science is an emerging field that combines art and science to explore geographical data through visual technologies.
A wide range of industries use Geographic Information Science (GIS) to give alternative analysis of data through digital cartography, geomapping, and other visual data interfaces, which help us to see long-term or real-time effects on the world around us, or to predict potential outcomes.
This major will give you foundational skills in data capture, GIS, computational modelling, and practical experience applying these to real-world applications.
- Practical learning in this major will see you using state-of-the-art computer and software labs, and conducting fieldwork at UC’s field stations in Cass and Kawatiri Westport, or climate stations in Kā Tiritiri-o-te-moana Southern Alps and throughout Te Waipounamu South Island.
- There are a number of research centres at UC that utilise spatial data sciences, with specialist centres including Toi Hangarau | Geospatial Research Institute, Te Taiwhenua o te Hauora | GeoHealth Laboratory, Te Pokapū Pūhanga Wāhi | Spatial Engineering Research Centre, and Te Pokapū Rū | UC Quake Centre.
- UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Geography and Geophysics (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
UC offers a major in Spatial Data Science as part of the Bachelor of Data Science.
Spatial Data Science major
The following courses are required throughout the degree:
- GISC 101 Introduction to Spatial Data Science
- GEOG 106 Global Environmental Change or GEOG 110 People, Places and Environments
- GEOG 205 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Science
- GEOG 208 Remote Sensing for Geospatial Analysis
- One 200-level GEOG course
- GISC 309 Spatial Data Science Capstone Project
- GEOG 323 Geospatial Analysis in the Social and Environmental Sciences
- GEOG 324 Web GIS and Geoinformatics
You will also need to choose any 30 points of courses from the following:
- ENVR 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
- GEOG 201 Environmental Processes: Principles and Applications
- GEOG 211 Environmental Processes: Research Practice
- GEOG 222 Transport, Urban Development and Wellbeing
- GEOG 310 Weather Systems
- GEOG 325 Health, Wellbeing and Environment
- GEOG 333 Geospatial Sensing using Embedded Computers
Graduates with experience in GIS and remote sensing will find their career opportunities in social and health services, government, consultancies, transportation, police and local authorities, and particularly in public and private research endeavours.
This degree will prepare you for a large variety of earth observation projects, such as monitoring climate change, mapping endangered species migration, calculating areas at high risk for traffic accidents, modelling potential disaster effects, or even analysing the movements of space matter travelling through the universe.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Data Science.
For study planning help, please contact Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza:
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