Department of Geography and Anthropology

Programs / Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science

The Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Geographic Information Science (GISc) integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology with applied research domains. The GISc program aims at producing high caliber graduates who are well trained in the technology, theory, and application of GIS and information systems. Students receive fundamental knowledge of human and physical geography, along with specific content in one of two systems: environmental systems or urban systems. GISc provides students a set of skills to manipulate, analyze, assess, and visualize data by way of digital maps and/or map imagery to solve problems in areas like urban and regional design, marketing and industrial location, transportation, precision agriculture, forestry, environmental systems, engineering, epidemiology, emergency services, crime analysis, and utilities.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) 16-18 Credit Hours

Must pass with grade of "C" or better.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • GEOG 1101
    World Regional Geography
    3
  • GEOG 1102
    Earth from Above
    3
  • GEOG 1112
    -or-
    GEOG 1113
    Weather and Climate

    Introduction to Landforms
    4

Lower Division Concentration - 6-8 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Environmental Systems

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • BIOL 1107
    Biological Principles I
    3
  • BIOL 1107L
    Biological Principles I Laboratory
    1
  • BIOL 1108
    Biological Principles II
    3
  • BIOL 1108L
    Biological Principles II Laboratory
    1

Urban Systems

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ANTH 1102
    Introduction to Anthropology
    3
  • SOCI 1101
    Introduction to Sociology
    3


Major Requirements - 39 Credit Hours

Professional Skills Related Courses (12 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • IS 2200
    Information Systems and Communication
    3

Choose three of the following:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • IS 3020
    Application Development I
    3
  • IS 3100
    Information Systems Management
    3
  • IS 3220
    Global IS Project Management
    3
  • IS 3260
    Web Development I
    3
  • IS 3280
    Data Management
    3

Upper Division Major Requirements - 27 credit hours

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

Major Concentration

Select one concentration (Environmental Systems or Urban Systems):

Environmental Systems - 15 Credit Hours
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • STAT 3125
    Biostatistics
    3

Choose four of the following courses:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • BIOL 3370
    Ecology
    3
  • ENVS 3730
    Natural Resource Management
    3
  • GEOG 3700
    Introduction to Environmental Studies
    3
  • GEOG 3370
    Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
    3
  • GEOG 3710
    Local & Global Sustainability
    3
  • GEOG 3800
    Climatology
    3
  • GEOG 3900
    Biogeography
    3
  • POLS 3356
    U.S. Environmental Policy & Politics
    3
  • POLS 4456
    International Environmental Policy
    3

Urban Systems - 15 Credit Hours
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • GEOG 3300
    Urban Geography
    3

Choose four of the following courses:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ANTH 3307
    Cultural Anthropology
    3
  • AMST 3750
    Place in American Culture
    3
  • GEOG 3320
    Political Geography
    3
  • GEOG 3330
    Economic Geography
    3
  • GEOG 3340
    Cultural Geography
    3
  • GEOG 3710
    Local & Global Sustainability
    3
  • POLS 4412
    Urban Affairs and Problems
    3
  • SOCI 4432
    Criminology
    3

Free Electives - 6-8 Credit Hours


  • Any courses in the University curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)