Geographic Information Science

Programs: GISc Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Geographic Information Science (GISc) integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology with applied research domains. The principal objective of the proposed program is to produce high caliber graduates who are well trained in the technology, theory, and usage of GIS, information systems (IS), and basic geography. This knowledge will then be applied to one of two content areas: environmental systems, or urban systems. These two systems represent the largest and most common areas in which GIS is used in our society. Where GIS provides students with the technological tools, the specific content areas cited above provide the requisite theory and context.


  1. Lower Division Major Requirements (AREA F)


    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    GEOG 1101World Regional Geography 3
    GEOG 1102Earth from Above 3
    GEOG 1112
    -or-
    GEOG 1113
    Weather and Climate
    -or-
    Introduction to Landforms
    3

    Lower Division Concentration

    Select one of the following concentrations.
    Environmental Systems
    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    BIOL 2107Biological Principles I 3
    BIOL 2108Biological Principles II 3

    Urban Systems
    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    ANTH 2201Introduction to Anthropology 3
    SOCI 2201Principles of Sociology 3

    Professional Skills Related Courses


    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    IS 2200Information Systems and Communication 3

    Select three of the following courses.
    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    IS 3020Application Development I 3
    IS 3100Information Systems Management 3
    IS 3220Global IS Project Management 3
    IS 3260Web Development I 3
    IS 3280Data Management 3


    Upper Division Major Requirements


    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    GEOG 3305Introduction to Cartographic Processes 3
    GEOG 3315Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
    GEOG 4200Research Methods 3
    GEOG 4405Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3
    GEOG 4410Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
    GEOG 4499Senior Seminar in Geography 3
    GEOG 4500Advanced Topics in Geospatial Science 3
    GEOG 3398Internship 3


    Major Concentrations

  2. Environmental Systems


    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    STAT 3125Biostatistics 3

    Select four of the following courses.
    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    BIOL 3370Biostatistics 3
    ENVS 3730Natural Resource Management 3
    GEOG 3700Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
    GEOG 3370Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean 3
    GEOG 3710Local & Global Sustainability 3
    GEOG 3800Climatology 3
    GEOG 3900Biogeography 3
    POLS 3356U.S. Environmental Policy & Politics 3
    POLS 4456International Environmental Policy 3



  3. Urban Systems


    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    GEOG 3300Urban Geography 3

    Select four of the following courses.
    Course NumCourse TitleCredit Hours
    ANTH 3307Cultural Anthropology 3
    AMST 3750Place in American Culture 3
    GEOG 3320Political Geography 3
    GEOG 3330Economic Geography 3
    GEOG 3340Cultural Geography 3
    GEOG 3710Local & Global Sustainability 3
    POLS 4412Urban Affairs and Problems 3
    SOCI 4432Criminology 3




  4. Free Electives

    DescriptionCredit Hours
    Any courses in the University curriculum: totaling 5-8 Semester hours 15


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