Geography, B.S. - Geographic Information Science and Technology

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

GEO 200 – Human Geography (T2CE)
GEO 201 – Physical Geography (T2PR)
GEO 270 – Designing Maps (T2CD)
GEO 290 – Research Methods in Geography and Environmental Sustainability
GEO 360 – Introduction to GIS
GEO 460 – Geographic Information Systems for Environmental and Spatial Science
GEO 490 – Capstone Seminar

Select one from:
GEO 461 – Environmental GIS
GEO 497 – Geography Internship
GEO 499 – Independent Study
HON 494 and HON 495 – Departmental Honors

Systematic (Select one):
ENV 204 – Principles of Sustainability 
ENV 304 – Sustainability and Public Engagement
ENV 404 – Applied Sustainability Science
GEO 205 – Economic Geography
GEO 208 – Political Geography
GEO 260 – Population Geography
GEO 265 – Recreation Geography
GEO 301 – Landforms
GEO 305 – Environmental Economic Geography
GEO 357 – Coastal and Marine Geography
GEO 362 – Urban Geography
GEO 405 – Environmental Justice

Techniques (Select three - minimum 9 credits):
GEO 273 – Land Use Planning
GEO 280 – Geographic Information Systems for Inquiry in the Social Sciences
GEO 367 GIS for Public Health
GEO 370 – Remote Sensing
GEO 371 – Cartography
GEO 470 – Field Techniques
GEO 481 – Spatial Analysis


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.