"A Spatial University embraces spatial thinking in its general education objectives and provides spatially relevant courses across the general education curriculum...and uses geospatial technologies to support campus planning, operations, maintenance, and sustainability."
Envisioning the Spatial University
Spatial thinking is integrated into all aspects of academics and administration at the University of Redlands. Accordingly, students who have an interest in geography and spatial technologies have many opportunities to use geographic information systems (GIS), geodesign, data science and visualization, remote sensing, and other spatial technologies and ways of thinking to help solve real-world problems, conduct original research, and build workplace competencies. Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) can declare a Spatial Studies (SPA) Minor in which basic GIS and spatial thinking skills are first developed in introductory courses, broadened in their choice from nearly 50 elective courses, expanded with internships and community service learning experiences, and, finally, summarized in a spatial portfolio. Master of Science in GIS (MS GIS) and Master of GIS (MGIS) students serve real clients through Major Individual Projects (MIPs) or internships. Master of Business Administration (MBA) students can pursue a GIS emphasis that gives them an advantage in today's location-based business environment. Successful pursuit of these academic programs can provide pathways to internships and employment with geospatial industry leader, Esri, and with private, governmental, and non-governmental organizations that use spatial approaches for planning, research, development, marketing, and other business operations.
The undergraduate SPA Minor consists of two required courses (Foundations of Spatial Thinking and Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS), four elective courses chosen from nearly 50 offerings, and a Student Portfolio. Besides equipping students with 21st Century thinking skills, the minor strengthens pathways to internships, careers, and graduate school.
The MS GIS is a one-year intensive program designed for professionals who want to enhance their academic foundations with a comprehensive understanding of geographic information science fundamentals and the use and application of GIS technologies. The MGIS degree is designed for professionals who look for an accelerated program to enhance their knowledge of the analysis, management, and communication of geographic information.
The Geographic Information Systems emphasis focuses on producing professionals who can analyze and resolve complex business problems utilizing spatial information and analysis. Students have the flexibility to develop capabilities with spatial and geographic approaches to the analysis of business activities.
GISAB in the School of Business seeks to stimulate and support GIS and spatial analysis for business and economics research and education. The center develops knowledge through applied GIS research, enriches education and curriculum for business schools, and provides outreach to the academic and professional community.
The Center for Spatial Studies helps faculty, students, and administrators use desktop and cloud-based geographic information systems (GIS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), location-aware mobile apps, digital image analysis, social network analysis, and scientific visualization to explore and analyze geographic data, conduct original research, manage the day-to-day operations of the University, and provide service to local, regional, and global communities.
ISEA serves regional, national, and global business and government leaders, helping them to better understand how socio-economic phenomena affect their communities. A division of the University of Redlands School of Business, ISEA publishes ongoing, timely reports covering retail, employment, housing, logistics, and other special topics.
Browse spatial projects being accomplished by faculty, students, and administrators at the University of Redlands.
In the linked video of his November 15, 2017 Redlands Forum presentation, Dr. Thomas A. Horan, Senecal Endowed Dean of the School of Business, delves into his views on making the University of Redlands a leader in 21st century business education. Horan noted that many skills needed in business are found in the liberal arts—such as integrative thinking, analytical reasoning, and global perspectives. Speaking at Esri on geographic information systems (GIS) day, Horan also outlined the Redlands approach for integrating GIS into business education and operations.