Geographic Information Systems

GIS Lab 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a combination of modern technology and geographic data that provides insight, knowledge, and analysis to modern spatial problems. Cartography is the art, science, and technology of making and using maps. Together GIS and cartography provide indispensable tools for governance, society, commerce, and environmental management. The need for basic and applied research in these fields has never been greater and decision makers today rely on geospatial intelligence to manage natural and cultural resources, retail trade, coordinate emergency response, enforce laws, and conduct military operations.


Students with a background in GIS and cartography will find positions as GIS analysts, coordinators, and technicians, land information specialists, cartographers and cartographic illustrators, remote sensing analysts, surveyors, photogrammetric technicians, geospatial analysts and coordinators, and route inventory specialists.


Required Courses


In addition to the Core Courses, the Geographic Information Systems Option consists of the following courses.

  • Geography 377
  • Geography 379
  • Geography 382
  • Geography 476
  • Geography 379
  • Geography 376 or Geography 386
  • Geography 477 or Geography 381 or Geography 382