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Geographic Information Science

B.S. in Geographic Information Science

The B.S. degree in Geographic Information Science prepares graduates to design maps and graphics, analyze data, manage databases, and perform computer modeling/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 with this major have highly marketable GIS and computer skills that are attractive to a variety of employers and graduate schools.


Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiency in the software and technology that enables Geographic Information Systems.
  • create maps that are built on robust data, cartographically sound, and effectively convey relevant information to the target audience.
  • create, edit, query, manage and disseminate spatial data.
  • use the concepts of spatial analysis to evaluate, analyze, understand and quantify patterns and relationships in geospatial data.
  • combine their knowledge of scientific/societal issues with spatial analytical skills to help solve issues that are of importance to business, government, and society.

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"When I was in junior I took a geographic information science class (GIS) where we used data taken by satellites to make maps and to analyze different locations all over the world. One of the requirements for this major is a computer science minor, which has made me even more confident in my computer skills."

Emrych Casey-Sanger GIS major