Major in Geographic Information Science

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

Students can obtain a B.S. or B.A. degree. The GIScience B.A. degree does not require students to take biology, chemistry, physics, or calculus, and focuses on classes related to spatial analysis of social issues. The GIScience B.S. degree requires students to take biology, chemistry, physics and calculus and is intended as preparation for students pursuing a career in natural science or engineering with geospatial technology.

Major Requirements

The major in GIScience requires at least 31 credits of 2000-level or higher courses in the Department of Geography. GIScience majors complete basic core courses before beginning advanced courses. Recommended preparation for the major: GEOG 1302 and 2410.

Required Core Courses (at least 16 credits)

GEOG 2500, 2505, 3510 or 3500Q, 3530, and any GEOG W course at the 2000 level or above (1 or 3 credits).

Electives (15 credits)

In addition to the required courses above, the plan of study must include 15 credits of electives from courses below. At least nine credits of electives must be selected from the list of GIScience courses.  At least six credits of electives must be selected from the list of Human Geography or Physical Geography courses. At least three credits must be 4000-level.

GIScience Courses:

GEOG 2510, 3110, 3500Q*, 3505, 3510*, 3512, 4130, 4230, 4515, 4516, 4518.

* if it’s not chosen as a core course

Human and Physical Geography Courses:

GEOG 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300, 2310, 2320, 2400, 3000, 3200, 3310, 3400, 3410, 3420, 4210, 4220, 4300

Related Courses (12 credits)

12 credits of related coursework taken in other departments. At least three credits of related courses must be selected from the list of Remote Sensing courses. The following is a list of pre-approved related courses that may be relevant to the GIScience major. Other courses can be used with approval of a student’s Geography advisor.

Remote Sensing Courses:

NRE 3535, 4535, 4545, 4575

Computer Science and Engineering Courses:

CSE 2050, 2100, 2102, 2300, 2304, 2500, 3000, 3100, 3150; 3300, 3400, 3500
CE 2251, 2310, 2410, 2710

Math and Statistics Courses:

MATH 2110Q, 2130Q, 2143, 2144, 2210Q, 2410Q, 2420Q, 3160, 3410, 3435, 3710
STAT 2215Q, 3025Q, 3115Q, 3375Q, 3445, 3515Q

Social Science Courses:

ANTH 2510, 3003, 3090, 3503, 3512, 3513, 3514, 3515
INTD 3584, 3594
POLS 2062, 2072Q;
SOCI 3201, 3211Q
URBN 2000, 2100, 2301Q, 2302, 2400, 3000, 3993, 3981/3991, 3998
COMM 2110, 2940, 3000Q, 3300
WGSS 2124, 2255, 2255W, 3255, 3255W, 3269

Natural Science Courses:

GSCI 2500, 3230, 4050W, 4210, 4735
EEB 4100, 4230W
MARN 2060, 3000, 3014, 3030, 3812

Economics Courses:

ECON 2201, 22022211Q, 2212Q, 2301, 2311, 2312, 2326, 2327, 3103, 3313, 3421, 3439

The Information Literacy Competency and Writing in the Major requirements can be satisfied by passing any 2000 or higher level W course in Geography.

updated:  05-08-2019