Curriculum Information Guide
Geographic Information Systems
Dr. Emily A. Fogarty, Program Director
History, Politics, and Geography Department
School of Arts & Sciences
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows students to investigate and analyze the geographic and spatial structures and systems that underlie and connect populations, ecosystems, society, economic and financial organizations, political and governmental institutions, and scientific and technological advances in our world. The GIS program provides students a set of skills to manipulate, analyze, assess, and visualize data by way of digital maps and/or map imagery to solve problems related to urban and regional design, marketing and industrial location, transportation, agriculture, forestry, environmental systems, engineering, epidemiology, emergency services, crime analysis and utilities.
Completion of the degree would count toward the educational requirement for GISP (GIS Professional) Certification.
Typical Employment Opportunities
Geographic Information Systems (BS) Program Outcomes:
- Graduates will utilize the scientific method and various informational and analytical tools for solving problems related to human and physical geography.
- Graduates will apply understanding of the importance of space and place in key issues facing contemporary society, combined with the ability use data to solve pressing problems in the environmental sciences, salesforce management, public health, public policy, etc.
- Graduates will debate, quantify, and qualify the interrelationships between human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth’s surface.
- Graduates will integrate spatial analysis into interdisciplinary research problems.
- Graduates will compose essays that: 1) cogently convey technical information retrieved through independent research; 2) rely on print and/or digital sources of a scholarly nature; and 3) are generally free of grammatical, spelling, punctuation and other errors.
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||( 51 credits )|
|Free Electives||( 6 credits )|
|Required: Lower Division||( 16 credits )|
|GEO 110 Maps and Map Analysis (GE)||3|
|GIS 231 Geospatial Research Methods||3|
|GEO 211 The World and Its Peoples (GE)||3|
|GIS 222 Geovisualization I||4|
|GEO 201 Physical Geography OR|
|GEO 222 Human Geography||3|
|Required: Upper Division||( 48 credits )|
|GIS 321 Geovisualization II||3|
|GIS 331 Spatial Analysis I||3|
|GIS 341 Geoprocessing I||3|
|GIS 342 Geodatabase Management||3|
|GIS 491W Senior Seminar OR|
|GIS 492W Internship||3|
|Technical Electives 300-400 Level||21|
|Free Electives 300-400 Level||12|
Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 121
Liberal Arts Technical Electives
GEO 201 Physical Geography
GIS 201 Math Principles in Geography
GEO 222 Human Geography
GEO 231 Europe and Its Peoples
GEO 232 North America and its Peoples
GEO 290 Topics in Geography
Technical Electives 300-400 Level
GIS 301 GIScience
GIS 302 Remote Sensing
GIS 332 Spatial Analysis II
GIS 431 Spatial Analysis III
GIS 432 Location Analysis and Modeling
GIS 441 Geoprocessing II
GEO 330 Environmental Interactions
GEO 323 Urban Geography
GEO 325 Globalization and Sustainability
GEO 390 Special Topics
HIS 306 Transformation of America
HIS 310 Technology and Society Russia-1917-Present
HIS 335 Gender and Technology in Historical Perspectives
HIS 342 The History of Television
PHY 304 Big Data and Society
POL 370 International Relations
POL 371 Geopolitics
POL 320 Internet Politics
SOC 326 Visual Sociology
Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.