Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Geographic Information Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science provides a  rigorous, in-depth program for students interested in the application of  information technology to the spatial dimensions of the Earth’s human and  physical systems. It is an ideal program  for those pursuing a career in the spatial technology sector, or for those considering graduate study in geography and related disciplines. Students attain substantial general  quantitative and technical skills, as well as practical experience in the application of skills to solving problems drawn from local, regional, and global settings.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Geographic Information Science major is met by completing Geography 425. That course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The following required major courses with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average (40 to 44 credits):
    a. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
    b. Two of the following courses (7 or 8 credits):
    CSE 131 Technical Computing and Problem Solving 3
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    GEO 113 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
    GEO 151 Introduction to Human Geography 3
    GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
    GEO 333 Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region 3
    d. All of the following courses (18 credits):
    GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
    GEO 221L Introduction to Geographic Information Laboratory 1
    GEO 324 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
    GEO 325 Geographic Information Systems 3
    GEO 363 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers 3
    GEO 424 Advanced Remote Sensing 4
    e. Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
    GEO 326 Cartographic Design and Production 4
    GEO 426 Thematic Cartography 4
    GEO 428 Digital Terrain Analysis 3
    GEO 429 Geoprocessing 3
    GEO 453 Metropolitan Environments: Urban Forms and Land Uses 3
    GEO 498 Internship in Geography 3
    f. The following course (3 credits):
    GEO 425 Problems in Geographic Information Science (W) 3