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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

Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - This is an applied degree in geography and the spatial sciences that aims to generate workforce-ready graduates who are well trained in the technology, theory, and application of geographic information systems. The GIS program provides students with critical thinking skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, visualizing and evaluating 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

GIS Analyst
Geospatial Intelligence Analyst
Geospatial Application Developer
Urban and Regional Design 
Agriculture Technology
Natural Resources Analyst
GIS Network Engineer 
Emergency Services 
Crime Analysis 
Local and National Government 
GIS Energy Analyst
GIS Transportation and Logistics Analyst

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.


Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 121

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


Liberal Arts Technical Electives 

GEO 201 Physical Geography

GIS  201 Mathematical 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 321 Geovisualization II

GIS 322 Geovisualization III

GIS 332 Spatial Analysis II 

GIS 431 Spatial Analysis III 

GIS 432 Location Modeling and Analysis

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.