In addition to offering the Geography major, the department coordinates an Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP) in Spatial Information Systems that combines courses in Geography and Computer Science and Information Systems, which leads to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. A foreign language is not required to complete this degree.
The program is focused on three areas:
- Computer Science and Information Systems
- specialty electives
Required GEOG and CSIS courses are specified on the Curriculum Sheet.
Spatial Information Systems majors, upon fulfilling the requirements of the major will:
- Demonstrate understanding of spatial patterns and processes in the human and physical environments.
- Demonstrate proficiency in one or more applications of geospatial technology – Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems and/or Remote Sensing.
- Complete a research proposal that requires synthesis relevant literature and development of a viable geographic research project.
Total hours required for the SIS ICP degree is 124 s.h. of which at least 48 s.h. must be at the 3000-level or higher. No minor or foreign language is required for this degree.
|General Education Requirements|
|Arts and Humanities courses||6|
GEOG 1503 meets 3 s.h. of Natural Science Requirement
|Social and Personal Awareness||6|
|General Education Elective / First-Year Experience||3|
|Required Geography Core Courses|
|GEOG 1503||Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG 4890||Geography Capstone||3|
|GEOG 2610||Map Use and Interpretation||3|
|or GEOG 2611||Geospatial Foundations|
|GEOG 2626||World Geography||3|
|or GEOG 2640||Human Geography|
|Required Geospatial Core Courses|
|GEOG 3701||Introduction to Geographic Information Science||3|
|GEOG 3702||Introduction to Remote Sensing||3|
|GEOG 4801||Advanced Geographic Information Science||3|
|GEOG 5812||Global Positioning Systems and GIScience||3|
|Required Complementary Skill Courses|
|DDT 1505||CAD Technology 1||4|
|ENGL 3743||Professional and Technical Writing||3|
|Required CSIS Core Courses|
|CSIS 1590||Survey of Computer Science and Information Systems||3|
|CSIS 2610||Programming and Problem-Solving||4|
|CSIS 3726||Visual/Object-Oriented Programming||4|
|CSIS 3722||Development of Databases||3|
|Select at least 6 s.h. from the following CSIS/CSCI Info elective courses:||6-8|
|Electronic Commerce Programming|
|Applied Artificial Intelligence|
|Graphics and Animation for Gaming|
|Special Topics (with approval of the chairperson)|
|Select at least 6 s.h. from the following GEOG elective courses with approval of the chairperson:||6|
|Thematic Map Design and Symbolization|
|Soils and Land Use|
|Field Methods in Geography|
|Seminar in Geography|
|Remote Sensing 2|
|3D Modeling and GIS|
|Directed Research in Geography|
|Select a minimum of 21 hours of outside electives. 1||21|
|Suggested (but not limited to) Courses|
|Select an additional 8-10 hours from the following:||8-10|
|Archaeology (Prerequisite ANTH 1500 or ANTH 1503)|
|Archaeological Techniques (Prerequisite ANTH 3702)|
|New World Archaeology: Topics (Prerequisite ANTH 3702)|
|Advanced Topics in Archaeology (Prerequisite ANTH 3702)|
|General Ecology (Prerequisite BIOL 2602)|
|Aquatic Biology (Prerequisite BIOL 3780)|
|CAD Solid Modeling (Prerequisite CCT 1503 or DDT 1505)|
|CAD Microstation (Prerequisite DDT 1503 or DDT 1505)|
|Geology and the Environment 1 (Prerequisite GEOL 1504 or GEOL 1505 or GEOL 2611)|
|Geology of Economic Mineral Deposits (Prerequisite GEOL 1505 or GEOL 2605)|
|Geology and the Environment 2 (Prerequisite GEOL 2615 or ENST 2600)|
|Total Semester Hours||120-124|
Courses taken under this section allow the SIS major to choose areas of application appropriate to his/her field of interest. Or it may allow further development of the student in a direction of her/his choice, such as environmental studies, biological sciences, archeology, or drafting and design. The choice is left open for the student in consultation and with approval of the faculty members overseeing the ICP. Some suggested elective courses are listed but the student may also select additional courses from the GEOG and computer elective listings above. Be aware that selected courses may require prerequisites (in parentheses).
GER hours: 40 s.h.
Total GEOG hours: 30 s.h.
Total CSIS/INFO hours: 20-22 s.h.
Total complementary skill hours: 6 s.h.
Outside elective horus: 18 s.h.
Additional hours: 8-10 s.h.