BS in Geography: Geographic Information Science Track

Why specialize in Geographic Information Science?

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:

  • What will be the impact of forest buffers on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay?
  • How should we protect sensitive and critical natural areas from an oil spill?
  • What is the most scenic path for a new mountain bike trail in the state forest?
  • Where is the best location for a new K-Mart?
  • What are the optimal routes for a new public transportation system on the Eastern Shore?
  • Where should we redraw the voting districts to match the change in population?
  • How have the settlement patterns of the Eastern Shore changed over time?

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

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.

What is the Program of Study?

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:

  • Introductory and advanced geographic information systems (digital mapping systems used to solve spatial problems)
  • Remote sensing (the analysis and interpretation of aerial photos and satellite imagery)
  • Cartographic visualization (the visual representation of spatial data, e.g. maps), and
  • Spatial statistics.

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.

Download the Geographic Information Science (GIScience) track checklist