Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Technology Curriculum

Books from the Geospatial Science and Technology Curriculum

As part of the undergraduate curriculum in geography, students have the opportunity to take several courses in GIS, cartography, and remote sensing to gain proficiency in geographic information science.

We welcome students from other disciplines in our classes. Over the years, these have included majors from departments such as Biological Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Agriculture, and Information Technology.

Regularly Offered Courses Related to GIScience

GEO 204 - Doing Geography (Professor: Michael Sublett)
GEO 238 - Quantitative Methods I (Professor: Jon Thayn/ Dagmar Budikova)
GEO 300 - Introduction to Cartography (Professor: John Kostelnick)
GEO 303 - Introduction to GIS (Professor: Lisa Tranel)
GEO 305 - Introduction to Remote Sensing (Professor: Jon Thayn)
GEO 304 - GIS Applications (Professor: John Kostelnick)
GEO 308 - Quatitative Methods II (multivariate and spatial statistics) (Professor: Dagmar Budikova)
GEO 310 - Field Geography (Professor: Michael Sublett)
GEO 351 - Cartographic Processes (Instructor: Jill Freund-Thomas)
GEO 488.04 - Statistics for Geologists (Professor: Dagmar Budikova)

Undergraduate Curriculum

Undergraduate students majoring in geography have the option to concentrate their studies in the Geographic Information Science and Technology course sequence. See the undergraduate catalog for detailed information on each course and our geography major.

Undergraduate geography students may also elect to pursue two specialized certificates (described below) that emphasize GIScience.

Certificate in GISCertificate in Applied Spatial Analysis

Requirements for students majoring in geography:

  1. Complete a suitable internship, one that relates in large part to GIS, remote sensing, and/or cartography.
  2. Complete five or more of these advanced Geography courses with a "C" or higher:
    • GEO 303 (Geographic Information Systems)
    • GEO 304 (Geographic Information Systems Applications)
    • GEO 305 (Remote Sensing I)
    • GEO 308 (Quantitative Methods in Geography II), GEO 310 (Field Geography)
    • GEO 351 (Cartographic Processes)

Certificate in GIS

  1. Complete a suitable professional experience, one that relates in large part to GIS, remote sensing, and/or cartography. The experience must be approved by a designated Geography faculty member.
  2. Complete the following required courses with a "B" or higher for all geography courses:
    • GEO 304 (Geographic Information Systems Applications)
    • GEO 305 (Remote Sensing I)
    • GEO 308 (Quantitative Methods in Geography II)
    • GEO 351 (Cartographic Processes)
    • ITK 177 (Problem Solving for Information Technology) -Prerequisite: MAT 104 or equivalent
    • ITK 277 (Programming for Telecommunications) -Prerequisite: C or better in ITK 177 
      OR
      ITK 178 (Computer Application Programming) -Prerequisite: C or better in ITK 177

Graduate Curriculum

Biology GIS Certificate

The Biology Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Graduate Certificate provides the specialized education and training that students need to understand GIS methodology and technology as applied to diverse fields of the biological sciences. This certificate is intended to prepare graduates to meet the growing demand for GIS skills in the biological sciences, both in academic research and other employment. The certificate is an option only for students with graduate standing in the Ph.D. and M.S. programs, including all sequences, in the School of Biological Sciences. Candidates for the certificate must complete GEO 303, GEO 304, and GEO 305 for a total of 9 hours. This may or may not add hours to the current required coursework dependent on the specific biological sciences degree program and sequence.

Hydrogeology GIS Certificate

The Hydrogeology Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Graduate Certificate prepares graduates to meet the growing demand for GIS skills in the hydrogeology, both in academic research and other employment. The certificate is an option only for students with graduate standing in the Hydrogeology M.S. program in the Department of Geography-Geology. The program of study that leads to a Hydrogeology GIS Graduate Certificate involves a series of three GIS courses, a total of 9 credit hours is required for graduation. Substitute courses will need to be taken for courses taken at other institutions.
Candidates for the certificate must complete GEO 303, GEO 304, and GEO 305. All of the courses are elective courses for the M.S. in Hydrogeology and may be incorporated into the M.S. in Hydrogeology plan of study. This may or may not add hours to the current required coursework.

Information Technology GIS Sequence

The Geographic Information Systems Sequence for the Master of Science degree in Information Systems is a cross-disciplinary degree sequence between the School of Information Technology and the Department of Geography-Geology Department. The GIS sequence is designed to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in GIS. Students are introduced to the procedures of capturing, storing, querying and displaying geographical data. Statistical analysis and interpretation of geographic information also involves the mapping of spatial coordinates onto multiple datasets. The GIS sequence will equip students with the essential knowledge leading to effective use and development of present and future GIS applications.