Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering

West Point Geospatial Information Science Program



Welcome to the GIS Program!

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The Geospatial Information Science major, focuses on the collection, analysis, and visualization of geographic data.  This is a ‘hands-on’ major where you will not only learn theoretical concepts but also apply those concepts to solving real-world spatial problems.

GIS has almost countless applications whether in the military, civilian, government, or non-profit sectors.  The military relies on geospatial technology and data to achieve information dominance on the battlefield. Examples include: GPS, satellite imagery, real-time force tracking, sensor integration, and massive geographic databases.

To dominate on the battlefield, the Army’s transformed fighting forces depend on leaders who understand the capabilities and limitations of geospatial technologies.  Many civilian companies ranging from logistics to technology to leisure and recreation depend on geospatial technology to understand and operate their business.  The government and non-profit sectors use geospatial information to best apply their time and resources. 

Majoring in Geospatial Information Science gives future West Point graduates, the knowledge to leverage these geospatial tools used heavily throughout all sectors.

Graduates of the Geospatial Information Science program receive a Space Enabler Additional Skill Identifier (ASI), 3Y, on their official military record. 

Additionally, those who branch Engineers can receive the Geospatial Engineer Officer ASI, W2, or even earn the Space Badge upon graduation.

If you are also interested in exploring more about Space Science, this major pairs well with the Space Sciences Minor.

Learn More About the GIS Major

Geospatial Information Science courses are taught with extensive hands-on use of digital technology in the Geographic Science Laboratory (GSL) and in the field.

Cadets use GPS, view and analyze satellite imagery, build map databases and produce maps with state of the art hardware and software. 


Additional specifics about the major are available in our brochure, our Program Video, or with a Typical Academic Schedule (8TAP).

Are you interested in majoring in GIS or just learning more?

Reach out to CPT Jordan Laughlin ( or CPT(P) Nikki Harrell ( 


Our Partners and Accreditation 

The Geospatial Information Science Major is accredited by the United States Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).  

We are a certified Center of Academic Excellence for Geospatial Sciences. 

 We work closely with our partners NGA, AGC, ESRI.