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Geographic Information Systems [GIS] (Major)

The applied geography courses place a strong emphasis on computer literacy and spatial analysis skills in preparing students for careers in site assessment, marketing and demographic analysis. The Geography Department's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) computer lab features state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Career Potential

  • Environmental GIS specialist
  • Land use planner
  • Marketing and business geographics consultant
  • Law enforcement analyst
  • Transportation planner
  • Emergency response planner

A. Core in Geography: 22 credit hours
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 110 - Physical Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 125 - Human Geography and Global Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 400 - Geographical Analysis (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 440 - Seminar in Geography (3 cr. hr.)
B. Core in Geographic Information Technology: 15-16 credit hours
  • GRY 327 - Computer Mapping (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 328 - Geographic Information Systems (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 330 - Advanced GIS Techniques (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 495 - Independent Study in Geography (3 or 4 cr. hr.)
C. Completion of one of the following:

Students must complete the requirements for one of the following four concentrations: Advanced Geospatial Applications (GIS_AGAP), Computer Techniques (GIS_CTEC), Demographics and Business Demographics (GIS_DBG), or Environmental Science (GIS_ENVS).

I. Advanced Geospatial Applications [GIS_AGAP]

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

  • GRY 326 - Computer Graphics (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 331 - Global Position System Technology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 334 - Historical Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 337 - Programming in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 495 - Independent Study in Geography (3 or 4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 499 - Internship in Applied Geography (3 cr. hr.)
II. Computer Techniques [GIS_CTEC]
  • CAP 201 - C Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • MCS 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
And select at least six credit hours from:
  • CAP 204 - Programming with Visual Basic (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 250 - Computer Practicum (1-2 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 403 - Applied Data Analysis and Interpretation using SPSS (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 404 - Advanced Visual Basic Programming (3 cr. hr.)
III. Demographics and Business Geographics [GIS_DBG]

Select six credit hours from one of the combinations listed below:

Select ECO 221 and MGT 253:
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.) and
  • MGT 253 - Principles of Marketing (3 cr. hr.)
Or select ECO 221 and ECO 421:
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.) and
  • ECO 421 - Econometrics (3 cr. hr.)
Or select:
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
    and three hours of MAT courses in consultation with advisor
  • MAT 354 - Numerical Analysis I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 425 - Methods of Applied Mathematics (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 446 - Probability and Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
And select at least six additional credit hours from the following:
  • CAP 230 - Introduction to SPSS (1 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 233 - Computerized Information Retrieval (1 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 240 - Intermediate Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 350 - Data Base Management Systems (3 cr. hr.)
    and/or other advanced CAP courses in consultation with advisor that are not part of the CTEC concentration.
IV. Environmental Science [GIS_ENVS]
  • ENS 486 - Seminar in Environmental Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
And select at least six credit hours from:
  • BIO 307 - Field Natural History (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 315 - Marine Biology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 405 - Conservation Biology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 335 - Resource and Environmental Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 367 - Geomorphology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 397 - Physical Oceanography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 410 - Hydrogeology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 430 - Field Hydrology (2-3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 390 - Environmental Health and Ecology (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 391 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 242 - Environmental Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 308 - Environmental Law (3 cr. hr.)
E. Foreign language: 0-6 credit hours
  • General Education: 28-29 credit hours
  • Other elective course work: 26-35 credit hours
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the bachelor's degree in GIS and a minor in Computer Applications over four years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

Foreign language

  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 100 - Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 221 - Social Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
  • ATH 120 - Backgrounds in Art (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 240 - Intermediate Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 110 - Physical Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 125 - Human Geography and Global Development (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 17
  • Elective
  • CAP 201 - C Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 327 - Computer Mapping (4 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 101 - The World Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • CAP 350 - Data Base Management Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 200 - Introduction to Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 328 - Geographic Information Systems (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Any WI
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • GRY 330 - Advanced GIS Techniques (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 370 - Will the World Provide? A Research Experience for Students (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • GRY 400 - Geographical Analysis (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 495 - Independent Study in Geography (3 or 4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • GRY 440 - Seminar in Geography (3 cr. hr.) (WI)
  • GRY 499 - Internship in Applied Geography (3 cr. hr.)