Geography (Geographical Information Science)

Students in the geographical information science concentration are able to enter the job market and have knowledge for positions in GIS, meteorology, urban planning, travel and tourism, product marketing and others. Students develop a strong academic foundation that prepares them for graduate work in areas such as climate science, cultural geography, environmental and landscape dynamics, GIS science and spatial analysis, urban and regional analysis, and urban and environmental planning.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 19 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • * Prerequisite: Minimum 45 hours

Part 1 - 3 Hours Required
Select in consultation with an advisor.

GCU 102 Introduction to Human Geography SB (3)

GCU 241 The Global Economy in Transition, SB (3)

Part 2 - 10 Hours Required

GIS 205 OR GPH 370 Geographic Information Technologies, CS (3)

GIS 211 Geographic Information Science I, CS (4)


GPH 373 Geographic Information Science I, CS (4) (Prerequisites: GPH 370 with C or better)

GIS 470 Statistics for Geographers, CS (3) (Prerequisite(s) with C or better: MAT 117 (or MAT 119, 142, 170, 210, 211, 251, 265 or 270))


GCU 495 Quantitative Methods in Geography, CS (3)

Part 3 - 6 Hours Required
Choose elective courses from the following:

GIS 341 OR GPH 371 Introduction to Cartography and Georepresentation, CS (3)*

GIS 351 OR GPH 372 Air Photo Interpretation (3)*

GIS 441 OR GPH 471 Geographics: Interactive and Animated Cartography and Geovisualization, CS (3)*

GIS 311 Geographic Information Science II, CS (4) (Prerequisite(s): GIS 211 with C or better)


GPH 473 Geographic Information Science II, CS (3) (Prerequisites: GPH 373 with C or better)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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