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B.S. in Geographic Information Science

Contact Person:
Michael Rygel, Associate Professor, Chair
216A Timerman
(315) 267-3401
rygelmc@potsdam.edu

The B.S. degree in Geographic Information Science prepares graduates to design maps and graphics, analyze data, manage databases, and perform computer modelling/programming in order to help organizations improve efficiency, make spatially-informed decisions and share information. In an increasingly global and interconnected world, nearly all governments, organizations, industries and individuals rely on spatial data. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and technical skills they need, through coursework in GIS, computer science, math, the natural sciences and art. Core knowledge is complemented by upper-level electives that provide diverse, interdisciplinary training and a recommended set of spatially-focused general education courses.

56 credit hours required, plus 15 credits of cognates.

Geographic Information Systems (21 credits)
GISC 101 Geographic Information Systems (4 cr.)
GISC 201 Cartography (3 cr.)
GISC 301 Data Acquisition & Management (4 cr.)
GISC 302 Remote Sensing (3 cr.)
GISC 401 Spatial Problems and Analysis (4 cr.)
GISC 450 GIS Capstone (3 cr.)

Cognates (15 credits)
GEOL 103 Physical Geology (3 cr.) or ANTH 353: World and U.S. Geography (3 cr.)
MATH 151 Calculus I (4 cr.)

MATH 125 Probability and Statistics (3 cr.)
CIS 280 Selected Languages (1 cr.)
ARTS 120 Color and Design (4 cr.)

Minor in Computer Science (18 credits + MATH 151; required for B.S.)

Courses required for the minor (12 credits)
CIS 201 Intro to Computer Science I + Lab (4 cr.)
CIS 203 Intro to Computer Science II + Lab (4 cr.)
CIS 300 Foundations of Computer Science (4 cr.)

Recommended electives for the Computer Science Minor (6 credits)
CIS 410 Computer Networks (3 cr.)
CIS 420 Database Systems (3 cr.)
CIS 443 Programming Languages (3 cr.)

*GIS majors can ask the Department of Computer Science to substitute one of the electives in place of CIS 300.

Electives (17 credits from at least three different departments)

The following courses were selected because they provide knowledge or skills that are useful for interpreting geographic data. Other elective classes could be included by advisement.

ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology (4 cr.)

ANTH 204 Archaeology (4 cr.)

ANTH 353/GEOG 350 World and U.S. Geography (4 cr.)
ANTH 357 Social Geography (4 cr.)
ANTH 362 Historical Archaeology (3 cr.)
ANTH 363 Archaeology of Eastern North America (3 cr.)
ANTH 395 Peopling of the World (3 cr.)
ANTH 417 Archaeological Procedures (4 cr.)
ANTH 495 Anthropology of Architecture (3 cr.)
ARTS 319 Graphic Design and Media Arts I (4 cr.)
ARTS 321 Graphic Design and Media Arts II (4 cr.)
ARTS 419 Graphic Design and Media Arts III (4 cr.)

BIOL 300 Ecology + Lab (4 cr.)
BIOL 310 Marine Biology (3 cr.)
BIOL 333 Biogeography (3 cr.)
BIOL 334 Biology of Woody Plants (3 cr.)
BIOL 402 Conservation Biology (3 cr.)
CHEM 301 Fundamentals of Environmental Science (3 cr.)
ENVR 310 Adirondack Environmental Studies (3 cr.)

GEOL 300 Geologic Maps and Cross Sections (2 cr.)
GEOL 310 Hydrology and Hydrogeology (4 cr.)
GEOL 406 Geomorphology (4 cr.)
HLTH 300 Environmental Health (3 cr.)
MATH 390 Differential Equations (3 cr.)

MATH 425 Applied Combinatorics (3 cr.)
MATH 461 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I (3 cr.)
PHYS 325 Energy and the Environment (3 cr.)
POLS 313 U.S. Public Opinion (4 cr.)

POLS 324 Natural Resource Policy (4 cr.)
POLS 342 Approaching Political Puzzles (4 cr.)
POLS 344 Global Climate Change (4 cr.)
POLS 414 Environmental Law (4 cr.)
STAT 300 Statistical Methods (3 cr.)
WILD 240 Backpacking (2 cr.)