Learn to think holistically about cultural, biological and archaeological issues with an online geospatial degree, an experiential program that bridges the sciences and humanities. SNHU’s BA Anthropology with a concentration in Geospatial Technologies explores how to help people live more efficiently and effectively in their environment.
You’ll examine how people interact with the natural and built world by studying everything from consumer spending to managing water resources. You’ll also gain advanced analytical and mathematical skills, including mapping software and spatial analysis.
The online geospatial degree program features a multidisciplinary approach that delivers the skill sets valued by a range of employers — from urban to rural organizations, private firms to NGOs.
SNHU's online BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Geospatial Technologies helps you recognize and respond to cultural and environmental challenges by exploring the past's relationship to the future. You'll delve into the complexities of biological change and adaptation, investigate identity through a combination of modern and historical events and promote cultural awareness and change. Many of the courses use virtual experiences - from role-playing to tourism plans - to combine theory and problem-solving skills in an authentic way, helping you make your mark as an engaged citizen of a diverse world.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online geospatial degree at SNHU include:
The online geospatial degree gives you the skills you need to apply for a range of positions in every area from global health advocacy to environmental and natural resources. You'll emerge from the program prepared to take on jobs such as:
Job prospects for specialties within anthropology are expected to grow, with demand for environmental scientists and specialists anticipated to increase by up to 11 percent and cartographers and photogrammetrists by up to 19 percent through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.* Note that an advanced degree is required to become an anthropologist.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at Environmental Scientists and Specialists and Cartographers and Photogrammetrists (viewed online November 7, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
The online geospatial degree has a strong foundation in archaeology, ethics and conservation and includes a host of real-world applications that yield pragmatic experiences and portfolio-worthy projects.
This course examines the implications of global location and topography for the people of planet Earth. Students will explore how geography shapes the dynamics of human societies, with an emphasis on the geoenvironmental, geopolitical, and geosocial phenomena that help to define the modern world.
This course reviews the emergence of various belief systems and their differences and similarities. Students explore the role of religious belief in the course of human history. Whenever possible, speakers representing various religions are invited to the class. Special emphasis is given to the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Earth Science presents the basic dynamics of cycles and processes of the Earth, including an overview of the origin of the planet, its physical and chemical composition, and geological and chemical interactions. The course culminates in a discussion of the current health of the planet and examines related environmental issues and evidence.
This course will introduce students to the Earth's structure and composition, minerals and rocks, surface processes, elementary petrology, and the principle of plate tectonics. Additionally, historical geology, including paleontology, glaciation, earthquakes and seismology, rivers and drainage, and groundwater will be discussed.
This course is designed to introduce the student into the exciting new world of mapping software. Mapping software has found many uses throughout government, universities, business, as well as in the public policy arena. Students will learn how to use mapping tools that are available with data driven web sites, as well as learn how to create their own maps with mapping software. Students will learn how to work with different kinds of data sets and how to incorporate them into customized maps for analysis and presentation.
This course will examine the study, use, and design of map formats and specialized products such as fence-diagrams and cross-sections, as well as symbology, coordinate systems, and how maps record the historical patterns of human behavior. The course will also review maps as a tool to analyze human activity and societal development, and include important aspects of map data collection, processing, the Global Positioning System (GPS), quantitative mapping, and GIS-based mapmaking techniques. Additionally, students will review how humans process the concept of space.
Anthropologists seek to answer the questions of what it means to be human and how cultures shape societies. Anthropology is composed of four main fields-physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and archaeological anthropology-from which culture is examined. This course will introduce students to the anthropological study of cultures, including comparing and contrasting social relationships and belief systems in different cultural settings. Concepts learned in this course will then be used to understand contemporary world views.
This course is the study of preliterate and changing societies that emphasizes social organization and cultural aspects.
Archaeological anthropologists seek to discover and learn from what we know about people and cultures that lived long ago. Artifacts and environmental modifications have left behind traces that tell us about their culture and their lives. In this course students will learn about survey techniques, culture change, dating methods, and the reconstruction of economic, social and religious practices of prehistoric societies. Archaeologists often collaborate with scientists from other disciplines to learn about the past. Students will explore what archaeologists hope to learn and how they study the past to inform the present.
This course provides an introduction to biological anthropology which explores the evolution of the human species, as well as the biology of contemporary humans and their non-human primate relatives. Students will explore evolutionary theory and mechanisms, the fossil record of human evolution, and modern humans' adaptation to their environments. Basic concepts of genetics, geology, paleontology, comparative anatomy, and primate biology provide the foundation for understanding humanity from a biological anthropological standpoint.
Anthropologists utilize an anthropological view to improve human lives. The purpose of this course is to allow students to discover the role of culture in contemporary problems, and to identify anthropological methods for creating positive, sustainable, and minimally biased change. The course will include a review of the history of anthropology and the current state of the field.
This course examines an anthropological understanding and knowledge of different models of ethical decision-making in applied and theory based contexts. Students will learn to identify the concepts of morality and ethical reasoning using the three main traditions of Western philosophy. Ethical decision-making will be explored in the context of current issues, taking into account the four fields of anthropology.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the B.A. in Anthropology program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
This course offers a broad introduction to research methods in the social sciences, including surveys, case studies, experiments, and quasi-experiments. Students learn to spot design flaws in research intended to generate scientifically sound conclusions about social phenomena, and to evaluate critically the interpretations of social science research results by third-party observers, such as reporters. Students also learn how to draft a research proposal that would satisfy the requirements of peer review within the community of professional social scientists.
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This course will review geostatistical methods for their use in the spatial analysis of geological and environmental data. Students will explore the application of geostatistics for the description of spatial patterns and identification of scales of variability, spatial interpolation, and stochastic modeling of environmental attributes, and the creation of risk maps and their use in geoscientific decision making.
This course will provide an overview of the technology by which aircraft and satellite images of the Earth are produced as well as hands on experience manipulating and interpreting remote sensing data. Students will gain practical experience in environmental analysis using satellite imagery and commonly used sensors and analytical methods for the Earth sciences.
Free Elective Credits: 30
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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