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

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below. The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  Selection of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students in this program. 

Courses in the LEP may also be used to satisfy requirements in the major and/or cognate. If applicable, these shared courses will be listed in both areas of the degree evaluation, but the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation. 

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.


40 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

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


Select one course from:
GEO 204 — Principles of Sustainability 
GEO 205 — Economic Geography
GEO 208 — Political Geography
GEO 260 — Population Geography
GEO 265 — Recreation Geography
GEO 301 — Landforms
GEO 304 — Sustainability and Public Engagement
GEO 305 — Environmental Economic Geography
GEO 357 — Coastal and Marine Geography

GEO 362 — Urban Geography
GEO 404 — Applied Sustainability Science
GEO 405 — Environmental Justice


Select three courses from (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


No cognates are required for this program.


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