Geographic Information Systems
The new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) BS degree is the only one of its kind in the metro area. It equips students with the ability to analyze, assess, and visualize data through digital maps and imagery—valuable skills in today's agriculture, engineering, and emergency management environments. Student will investigate and evaluate how these information systems connect populations, ecosystems, financial organizations, and governmental institutions, with technology that improves our understanding of geospatial issues. Completion of the degree will count toward the educational requirements for GIS Professional Certification.
GIS is open to freshman and transfer students.
Areas of Employment:
- Urban and Regional Design
- Marketing and Industrial Location
- Emergency Services
- Crime Analysis
- Local and National Government
- Campaigns and Elections
- Parks and Recreation
- International Commerce and Industry
- Energy and Environmental Management
- Nongovernmental Organizations
- Global Media/Communication
- Transportation and Logistics
- Security and Defense
- Museum Administration
- Natural Resource Management
Anticipated Career Opportunities:
- Data/Systems/Planning Analyst
- Research Coordinator
- Geospatial Technician
- Application Developer
- Geospatial Intelligence Analyst
- Compliance Specialist
- Product/Program Manager
Incoming Freshmen Requirements:
Applicants must meet all admission requirements for the College. In addition to the college admission requirements, students seeking admission to the GIS BS degree are required to have completed:
- Algebra I; Geometry, with minimum score of 70 on Algebra I Regents Exam.
- High school GPA of 85 or above Average SAT score of admitted students is 1,000 (500 on reading; 500 on math) and average ACT composite scores of admitted students is 21.
- Admission to the institution is determined on a sliding scale of test scores and GPA.
Transfer Student Requirements:
- Students transferring into the program should have minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above and be in good standing at their prior institution/ program.