Spatial Information Systems (SIS) Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP)


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:

  • Geography
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • specialty electives

Required GEOG and CSIS courses are specified on the Curriculum Sheet.

Learning Outcomes

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.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
Arts and Humanities courses6
Natural Science4
GEOG 1503 meets 3 s.h. of Natural Science Requirement
Social Science3
GEOG 2626 or GEOG 2640 meet 3 s.h. of the Social Scuience
Social and Personal Awareness6
Required Geography Core Courses
GEOG 1503Physical Geography3
GEOG 4890Geography Capstone3
GEOG 2610Map Use and Interpretation3
or GEOG 2611 Geospatial Foundations
GEOG 2626World Geography3
or GEOG 2640 Human Geography
Required Geospatial Core Courses
GEOG 3701Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GEOG 3702Introduction to Remote Sensing3
GEOG 4801Advanced Geographic Information Science3
GEOG 58123
Required Complementary Skill Courses
DDT 15054
ENGL 3743Introduction to Public, Professional and Technical Writing3
Required CSIS Core Courses
CSIS 1590Survey of Computer Science and Information Systems3
CSIS 2610Programming and Problem-Solving4
CSIS 3726Visual/Object-Oriented Programming4
CSIS 3722Development of Databases3
Select at least 6 s.h. from the following CSIS/CSCI Info elective courses:6-8
Electronic Commerce Programming
Database Applications
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Graphics and Animation for Gaming
Special Topics (with approval of the chairperson)
Digital Image Processing
Digital Multimedia Design & Creation
Select at least 6 s.h. from the following GEOG elective courses with approval of the chairperson:6
Thematic Map Design and Symbolization
Urban Geography
Soils and Land Use
GEOG 3741
Field Methods in Geography
Geography Internship
Seminar in Geography
GEOG 5806
Directed Research in Geography
Select a minimum of 23 hours of outside electives. 123
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)
DDT 2606
(Prerequisite CCT 1503 or DDT 1505)
DDT 2607
(Prerequisite DDT 1503 or DDT 1505)
Geology of Economic Mineral Deposits (Prerequisite GEOL 1505 or GEOL 2605)
Geology and the Environment 2 (Prerequisite GEOL 2615 or ENST 2600)
Total Semester Hours120-125

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.