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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography BS, GIScience Specialization

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This GIScience specialization recognizes the increasing importance of spatial information in understanding and managing environmental and human systems, providing majors training in the processing, display, and analysis of geographical data. Students develop familiarity with the theoretical underpinnings of spatial analytical tools and techniques as well as their application to real-world problems. Issues pertaining to the collection, management, analysis, and dissemination of spatial information are covered through courses in GIS, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing, and quantitative analysis. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for employment as managers and analysts of spatial information, including positions in business, governmental agencies, and private consulting, as well as graduate study and advanced professional certification.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate improved familiarity with the basic geography of the Earth, especially the distribution of countries, major cities, and key physical features.
  • Demonstrate improved familiarity with the discipline’s vocabulary, concepts and themes.
  • Demonstrate improved critical thinking ability with respect to the interactions of human systems and physical systems, the networks of intra-and inter-national interdependence, and the manner in which human and physical systems modify each other and control the Earth’s surface and resources.
  • Effectively prepared by the Department of Geography for future careers.

Geography Core

Admission to the Major

All students who wish to major in geography must:

  1. Have a 2.25 minimum GPA in all coursework taken up to the time of admission
  2. Apply for acceptance into the geography major
  3. Upon acceptance into the program, meet with their assigned advisor to develop a major contract
  4. Earn a C- or higher grade in each of the courses in their major contract

GIScience Specialization

Upper-level Geography Courses Credits: 13-15

Culminating Experience Credits: 4

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 12

(minimum 12 credits total)

Total Specialization Credits: 58-61

Total Credits: 83-86

College and Department Information

Geography Department  
College of the Sciences  

Program Outcomes
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