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

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 45 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 2 – Cultural Expression:  Select any course except GEO 200 – Human Geography

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:  Select any course except GEO 201 – Physical Geography

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


43 Credits Required (minimum)

GEO 200 – Human Geography
GEO 201 – Physical Geography
GEO 270 – Maps and Mapmaking Technology
GEO 290 – Research Methods in Geography
GEO 360 – Introduction to GIS
GEO 460 – Geographic Information Systems for Environmental and Spatial Science
GEO 490 – Seminar in Geographic Thought

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Select three courses from (minimum 9 credits):

  • GEO 273 – Land Use Planning
  • GEO 280 – Geographic Information Systems for Inquiry in the Social Sciences
  • GEO 370 – Remote Sensing
  • GEO 371 – Cartography
  • GEO 381 – Geographic Information Systems for Business and Strategic Management
  • GEO 460 – Geographic Information Systems for Environmental and Spatial Science
  • GEO 461 – Advanced GIS-Analysis for Environmental and Biophysical Applications
  • GEO 470 – Field Techniques
  • GEO 481 – Spatial Analysis


6 Credits Required

  • Two courses in a relevant cognate area by advisement. Cognate credits can count toward a minor. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a minor.


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).