BS Major in Geographic Information Science

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Geographic Information Science

Additional Graduation Requirements

General Education Component
Area I (Written Composition)6
Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts) 112
Area III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics)11
Area IV (History, Social and Behavioral Sciences)12
Area V
Major Core Requirements in Geographic Information Science
GE 102Global Environments and Societies 23
GE 111Physical Geography: Weather and Climate 24
or GE 111H Honors Physical Geography: Weather and Climate
GE 112Physical Geography-Landforms 24
or GE 112H Honors Physical Geography: Landforms
GE 184Digital Earth3
GE 260People, Place, and Culture 23
GE 300WGeographic Exploration3
GE 325Cartography and Visualization3
GE 384Geographic Information Systems4
GE 415Quantitative Methods in Geography3
Select one course from the following Regional Geography courses:3
Geography of Europe
Geography of Russia and Associated States
Geography of the South
Geography of the United States and Canada
Geography of Latin America
Geography of the Middle East
Geography of Asia
Geography of Africa
Historical Geography of the United States
Special Topics (if approved by Department Chair as a regional course)
Complete three credit hours from any of the following Experiential Learning options:3
Field Courses 4
Education Abroad Courses 4
Geography Internship
Geography Internship
Geography Internship
Geography Capstone Project
Required Techniques Courses
GE 224Field Methods and Technology in Geography3
or GE 225 Maps and Map Interpretation
GE 354Remote Sensing4
GE 454Advanced Remote Sensing3
GE 464GIS Programming3
GE 484Advanced GIS3
CIS 366Database Development and Management3
Select two Techniques Electives from below: 6
GIS Applications
Geography Capstone Project (Cannot be used if used as the Experiential Learning requirement)
Select 6 credit hours of additional course work in upper-level geography.6
Prescribed Supporting Courses
Select one Microcomputer Course 33
Select one Statistics Course3
A minor or second major is not required for the Geographic Information Science major.
General Elective hours to bring total to 120
Total Hours120

For the BA degree, 6 hours of a required foreign language at the introductory level.


These courses are required in the major if no completed as part of the General Education component.


Fulfills computer literacy requirement.


Courses that count as field courses or study away courses will be determined by the Department Chair.