Geographic Information Systems
Advances in global positioning are resulting in many uses and applications for geographic data. Manipulating, analyzing, assessing, and visualizing this data can solve problems like natural resource management, ocean phenomena, and hazard response—and even help address and prevent natural disasters. Investigate and evaluate how these information systems will connect populations, ecosystems, financial organizations, and governmental institutions, with technology that improves our understanding of geospatial issues.
The new Geographic Information Systems 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. And completion of the degree will count toward the educational requirements for your GIS Professional Certification.
Freshman will be considered for admission for the fall 2019 semester. Transfer students will be considered for admission for the spring 2019 semester.
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
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.