Geography (Geographical Information Science)




Learn to utilize technology with geographic information science to help companies innovate and navigate the world. This Interdisciplinary Studies concentration is an extremely valuable addition to a variety of disciplines. 

The geographic information science concentration pairs the practical skill of geographic information science with the conceptual knowledge of geographical problem-solving and of spatial thinking.

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.

Career Opportunities

Geographic information science is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy, and employment possibilities can be found across the private sector as well as in many government agencies at the local, state and national levels. Students have added to their knowledge and abilities the highly desirable skills in:

  • analysis
  • computer programming
  • problem solving
  • statistics

Application of these skills can be used in many fields, among them:

  • health care
  • nonprofit
  • real estate
  • retail
  • utilities


  • Students must complete a minimum of 20 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.


Geographical Information Science Core - 11 credit hours

GIS 205 Geographic Information Science I, CS (3)

GIS 211 Geographic Information Science I, CS (4) (Prerequisite(s): GIS 205 with C or better)

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

Geographical Information Science (GIS) Upper Division Electives - 6 credit hours

GIS 322 Programming Principles in GIS II (3) (Prerequisite(s): GIS 222 with C or better)

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

GIS 351 Air Photo Interpretation (3)*

GIS 394 Special Topics (3) 

GIS 412 Spatial Decision Support System (3) (Prerequisite(s): GIS 222 with C or better; GIS 311 with C or better)

GIS 431 Spatial Databases (3) (Pre-requisite: GIS 311; GIS 322)

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

GIS 451 Geodesign and Urban Planning (3) 

GIS 461 Optimization Fundamentals for Spatial Analysis (3) (Prerequisite(s): MAT 170, 270, 271, or 272 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only GIS 461 or GIS 561 or PUP 481 or PUP 581)

GIS 462 Location Analysis and Modeling (3) (Prerequisite(s): GIS 211 with C or better; GIS 461 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only GIS 462 or GIS 562 or PUP 482 or PUP 582 or PUP 598 (Location Modeling))

GIS 470 Advanced Statistics for Geography and Planning, CS (3) (Prerequisite(s) GIS 270 with C or better)

Upper Division Related Coursework -- 3 credit hours


Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.






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