Our graduates who specialize in GIS are called upon to examine an amazingly wide array of environmental, governmental, and business problems. The following is only a sample of the work they conduct on a daily basis:
The common thread of these questions is that location is central to the solution. Within the Geographic Information Science (GIScience) track, you will learn the skills and acquire the knowledge necessary to solve these and many more problems.
Our alumni are employed at all levels of federal, state, and local government as well as private-sector firms. The Geography faculty are consistently overwhelmed by the number of companies attempting to hire our graduates, often before they have finished their academic programs! Many of our alumni take these jobs after completing a course of study at some of the world's most prestigious graduate schools. Some examples of recent employers:
If you enjoy looking at maps, examining the world around you for patterns and anomalies, and working with computers, then studying geography with a concentration in GIScience may be the beginning of an exciting, dynamic career solving society's most important problems.
The 21st century is the information age and geographers are leading the way with amazing new information technologies. Tremendous opportunities await students who choose to gain skills and knowledge related to the science and technology of geographic information. The GIScience track includes courses in:
In addition to our comprehensive academic program, we have a truly exceptional GIScience learning environment where you will find experienced faculty and state-of-the-art facilities (hardware, software, networks, and data) in the brand new Henson Science Hall on the SU campus.
- COSC 117 Programming Fundamentals
- COSC 118 Introduction to Scientific Programming
- COSC 120 Computer Science I
- GEOG 419 Advanced GIScience
Complete at least two courses from the following:
- GEOG 320 Cartographic Visualization
- GEOG 321 Remote Sensing of the Environment
- GEOG 435 GIS Programming
Complete two courses in human and/or physical geography at the 300/400 level
Complete at least one course from the following:
- ART 227 Digital Design and Layout
- COSC 220 Computer Science II
- COSC 482 Computer Graphics
- INFO 211 Information Systems Concepts for Management
- INFO 386 Database Management Systems