Geospatial Information Science and Technology/Geography, BA

  • Professor John Benhart and students on assignment in the field

    Use GIS and UAS Skills to Chart a Successful Career

    The Geospatial Information Science and Technology, Geography, BA degree prepares you for career positions such as geographic information systems (GIS) analyst or specialist, remote sensing specialist, geospatial techniques specialist, cartographer, or geospatial intelligence analyst.

    In this program, you’ll be exposed to core geographic information science concepts (GISc) that are the basis for emerging and fast-changing geospatial hardware, software, and infrastructure in our society. Some of these include:

    • Geographic information systems (GIS)
    • Remote sensing
    • Mobile spatial technologies
    • Small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or drones)
    • Global positioning systems (GPS)

    As a geography major in the Geographic Information Systems and Technology program, you’ll learn to use state-of-the art techniques that are in demand in the job market.

    Throughout your degree, you’ll gain skills in data collection, spatial information management, and graphic presentation.

    Use Geospatial Technologies to Build Geographic Information Systems

    Some of the topics you’ll study in the classroom are vector vs. raster and object-oriented spatial data structures, cartographic design, satellite imagery, methods for designing GIS systems to user specifications, and thermal sensing.

    You’ll have opportunities to get hands-on experience with the hardware and software you’ll use in your career through the Department of Geography and Regional Planning’s GIS labs, GPS equipment, and sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) fleet.

    Our Curriculum Fits the Job Market

    We’ve designed our program to give you the specific skills employers want. The curriculum for this degree is designed to fit the US Department of Labor Geospatial Competency Model, as well as the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge.

    This 120-credit Regional Planning major includes a 30-credit core and a 12+ credit specialization in Geospatial Information Science and Techniques.

    Geography Major Courses

    • GEOG 213 Cartography and Map Design
    • GEOG 230 Cultural Geography
    • GEOG 231 Economic Geography
    • GEOG 316 Intro. to GIS
    • GEOG 341 Climatology
    • GEOG 342 Physiography
    • GEOG 411 History of Geography
    • GEOG 412 Research Seminar
    • RGPL 350 Intro. to Community Planning
    • One from GEOG 251–257

    Geospatial Information Science and Technology Program Courses

    Four courses (12 credits) from the following:

    • GEOG 415 Intro. to Remote Sensing
    • GEOG 421 Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Management
    • GEOG 424 Technical Issues in GIS
    • GEOG 425 GPS Concepts and Techniques
    • GEOG 455 Advanced Remote Sensing
    • GEOG 460 Foundations of Unmanned Aerial Systems Science and Applications
    • GEOG 475 Spatial Analysis Techniques