Undergraduate Degree - Geographic Information Science

Program:
Geographic Information Science
Program Code:
7620 Geographic Information Science
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS05
Department:
Department of Geography


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.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

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 and Planners 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 4
    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

Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Geographic Information Science, BS (7620)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Geographic Information Science - Calculus
Major - Geographic Information Science - Calculus: 1 course from LB118, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H

Requirement 12: Major - Geographic Information Science - Programming I and II
Major - Geographic Information Science - Programming I and II: 2 courses from CSE131, CSE231, CSE232

Requirement 13: Major - Geographic Information Science - General Geography
Major - Geographic Information Science - General Geography: 1 course from GEO113, GEO151, GEO206, GEO333

Requirement 14: Major - Geographic Information Science - Core
Major - Geographic Information Science - Core: 6 courses from GEO221, GEO221L, GEO324, GEO325, GEO363, GEO424

Requirement 15: Major - Geographic Information Science - Required Electives
Major - Geographic Information Science - Required Electives: 2 courses from GEO426, GEO428, GEO453, GEO498, GEO326

Requirement 16: Major - Geographic Information Science - Problems in Geographic Information Science (W)
Major - Geographic Information Science - Problems in Geographic Information Science (W): 1 course from GEO425

Requirement 17: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 9 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, HST, LIR, PLS, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202, 206, 340.
Conditions:
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 17

Requirement 18: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 30 credits from Geography courses to meet the requirement of at least 30 credits.

Requirement 19: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 15 credits from Additional electives. See your academic advisor for a list of approved courses.

Requirement 20: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 6 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.

Requirement 21: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 22: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 23: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.