Geographic Science & Technology Program

Geographic Science and Technology Students

Program Overview

The Geographic Science & Technology (GST) program offers premier training to those interested in examining geographic patterns and processes, and applying modern technologies to make differences in local, regional, and global communities.

Comprehend the world through the use and application of geospatial technologies such as GPS (global positioning system), GIS (geographic information system), and remote sensing.

You have the option of a GST major or minor.

A minor in GIS is also available.

GST and you

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, geospatial employment numbers are expected to grow 22% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

The increasing use of computer generated maps for national security, government planning, social media, and internet technologies are creating a demand for graduates that have skills in geospatial technologies, which is mainly GPS, GIS, and remote sensing.

Courses in the Geographic Science & Technology program are not only congruent with the techniques and practices of professionals in the industry, but also designed to let various student interests thrive.

Knowledge and skills taught in the program have allowed students to launch their careers with diverse internship opportunities, to pursue further education at graduate schools, and to become employed at government agencies, scientific research institutes, and private industries.

  • You can review our suggested four-year plan of study here (PDF).

Career opportunities

Our majors have pursued employment in Geographic Science & Technology-related fields, including (but not limited to):

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consultant
  • Web-mapping programmer
  • GPS and Mapping Technician
  • Surveyor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • Cartographer
  • Map librarian
  • Geospatial Business/Marketing Analyst
  • Crime Mapping Analyst
  • Tourism Analyst/Planner
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Earth Science or Geography Teacher

Many of our graduates are accepted to programs of advanced studies in graduate schools at colleges and universities throughout the country.

GST Major

The major in Geographic Science & Technology provides students with fundamental concepts and knowledge in geographic patterns and processes and skillsets in the usage and application of geospatial technologies.

Required Courses:

  • GEOG 1000 - Earth Systems Science
  • GEOG 1100 - Principles of Human Geography
  • GEOG 2800 - Map Use
  • GEOG 3120 - Computer Cartography
  • GEOG 4000 - Geographic Information System
  • GEOG 4500 - Remote Sensing
  • CSC 1500 - Computer Science I
  • MATH 1300 - Pre-Calculus or higher

Eighteen Elective Credits:

  • GEOG 2056 - Climate Change and Human History
  • GEOG 2400 - Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
  • GEOG 3000 - Geographic Economic System
  • GEOG 3100 - Political Geography
  • GEOG 3110 - Climatology
  • GEOG 3200 - U.S. and Canada
  • GEOG 3300 - Urban Geography
  • GEOG 3400 - Population Geography
  • GEOG 4200 - Geomorphology
  • GEOG 4700 - Geographic Perspectives on Conservation
  • GEOG 4940 - Internship in Geography 3 cr.
  • GEOG 4950 - Internship in Geography 6 cr.
  • GEOG 4960 - Internship in Geography 12 cr.

(Maximum 12 credits of internship counting toward major)

  • ECON 1200 - Principles of Economics: Microeconomics*
  • ECON 2550 - Urban Economics*
  • POLS 1500 - State and Urban Government*
  • POLS 1300 - Introduction to International Relations*

(*Maximum two courses among the four counting toward the major)

GST Minor (18 credit hours)

A student may earn a minor in Geographic Science & Technology by completing 18 credits of coursework including:

Required Courses

  • GEOG 1000 - Earth Systems Science
  • GEOG 1100 - Principles of Human Geography
  • GEOG 3120 - Computer Cartography

Three additional courses (chosen from the following list, with at least one course at 3000 level or above in consultation with a GEOG professor/advisor):

  • GEOG 2056 - Climate Change and Human History
  • GEOG 2400 - Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
  • GEOG 2800 - Map Use
  • GEOG 3000 - Geographic Economic System
  • GEOG 3100 - Political Geography
  • GEOG 3110 - Climatology
  • GEOG 3200 - U.S. and Canada (or other Regional Geography)
  • GEOG 3300 - Urban Geography
  • GEOG 3400 - Population Geography
  • GEOG 4000 - Geographic Information System
  • GEOG 4200 - Geomorphology
  • GEOG 4500 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GEOG 4700 - Geographic Perspectives on Conservation

GIS Minor (18 credit hours)

A student may earn an interdisciplinary minor in Geographic Information System (GIS) by completing 18 credits of coursework including:

Required Courses

  • CSC 1500 - Computer Science I
  • CSC 1550 - Computer Science II
  • GEOG 3120 - Computer Cartography
  • GEOG 4000 - Geographic Information System

Two additional courses (chosen from the following list in consultation with a GEOG/CS/ITEC professor/advisor):

  • GEOG 2400 - Intro to Geospatial Technologies
  • ITEC 2410 - Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • CSC 3050 - Web Programming with Java
  • GEOG 3300 - Urban Geography
  • GEOG 4500 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • *GEOG 4900 - Independent Study in Geography (3 credit)
  • *GEOG 4940 - Internship in Geography (3 credit)

*One of the two courses may count towards the minor

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