Geography

Faculty Top of Page

William Bajjali, Professor (Geographic Information Systems and Earth Science)
Andy Breckenridge, Professor (Environment Science and Geographic Information Systems)

Geography Program Top of Page

A wide variety of courses are available in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For more information about specific courses, see Geography in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Geographic Information Systems has many application areas and exciting career opportunities. The Geography faculty can guide you in selecting a program of study that best suits your interests and goals. Because Geographic Information Systems is inherently interdisciplinary, the minors described below can complement and enhance many major areas of study, such as education, business, communication, legal studies, science, and all areas of international study.

Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

Employment opportunities are limitless for graduates who are proficient with this interdisciplinary tool. Well-qualified GIS specialists are sought in the areas of business, economics, education, government, planning, and international industries.

Required Geography core courses (15 credits required):

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS II -- 4.00 credits
Advanced Principles of GIS -- 4.00 credits
Elementary Statistics -- 4.00 credits

or

Business Statistics -- 3.00 credits

or

Statistics for Psychological Research -- 3.00 credits

or

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits

Elective courses (6 credits required):

GIS Special Project -- 2.00 credits
Database Management -- 3.00 credits
The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Geomorphology -- 4.00 credits
Introduction to Programming -- 3.00 credits
Object-Oriented Programming -- 3.00 credits
Database Systems -- 3.00 credits
Undergraduate Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

A combined maximum of four credits may be earned in GEOG 491 and GEOG 496.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Top of Page

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are the basis for understanding our world through digital spatial information. The GIS certificate is designed to meet the growing demand for GIS applications in diverse disciplines.  

The courses required to complete the GIS certificate span topics from introductory to advanced applications, including the elements of GIS, spatial data type and acquisition, coordinate systems, projections, data editing and topology, site suitability and data modeling, geoprocessing, geostatistical analysis, spatial interpolation, watershed delineation, network and 3-D analysis.

To earn a GIS certificate, students must complete at least 9 credits from the following courses:

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS II -- 4.00 credits

And one of the following:

Advanced Principles of GIS -- 4.00 credits
GIS Special Project -- 2.00 credits
Undergraduate Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

(applied GIS research mentored by a faculty member)