Graduate Degree - Geographic Information Science - Master of Science

Program:
Geographic Information Science - Master of Science
Program Code:
4742 Geographic Information Science
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Science
Start Term:
SS02
End Term:
SS15
College:
College of Social Science
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Social Science

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Graduate Study
Geographic Information Science - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Geographic Information Science is a Plan B (non-thesis) degree that places emphasis on applications of analytical techniques in the field of geography. Students are trained in advanced technologies such as remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartography, and spatial analysis. The degree is aimed toward professionals who want to acquire expertise in research techniques, but who may not wish to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree. This program is appropriate for persons with interest, but not necessarily strong training, in the geographical sciences.

Admission

Admission to the program is based on an evaluation of the complete application packet, which includes all transcripts and grades, letters of recommendation, a completed Background Information Form, a statement of purpose, and a summary of professional experience and awards.

Highly ranked applicants will normally have: (1) an undergraduate degree in geography or a closely related field, and/or (2) significant professional experience dealing with the analysis of spatial data in public sector environmental management, transportation planning or evaluation, or urban planning.

All students are expected to have completed: (1) the equivalent of Geography 221, Introduction to Geographic Information which is an integrated introduction to cartography, geographic information systems, and remote sensing and (2) at least one of the following mathematics courses:  Calculus I, Linear Algebra, or an introductory statistics course.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science

All students in the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science must earn at least 30 credits, approved by the student’s guidance committee, distributed as follows:

1. All of the following courses (9 credits):
GEO 425 Problems in Geographic Information Science (W) 3
GEO 820 GIS and Management 3
GEO 821 GIS Practicum 3
2. At least one 400-level or higher course in cartography (3 or 4 credits)
3. At least one 400-level or higher course in quantitative methods 4
4. Complete one of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
GEO 825 Geoprocessing 4
GEO 826 Seminar in Cartography and Geoprocessing 3
GEO 827 Digital Image Processing and Analysis 4
5. Related course work in geography and other disciplines (9 credits)
6. Pass an exit examination administered by the student’s graduate committee.