Online Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science

The online B.S. in Geographic Information Science is a unique STEM-based social science degree. Students will learn practical skills in GIS software, statistics, and computer programming within the context of real world applications. This online program is ideal for students interested in gaining marketable skills that allow them to address complex environmental and societal issues.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/12/2020


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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The online Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science program has been specifically designed by our renowned faculty to give students a unique educational experience, 100% online. The program provides students with key GIS skills that are then applied to investigating societal and scientific issues. The skills and knowledge acquired by students of the Geographic Information Science BS program prepares them for a number of dynamic careers within the field of GIS.

Students in the Geographic Information Science BS program begin their study by gaining strong core foundations in GIS software, statistics, and computer programming. Upper-division coursework within the major allow students to pursue deeper and more focused study in the core areas of GIS. Through related coursework students are able to apply a cross-section of the three GIS core foundations to address complex environmental and societal issues. In their final year, students have the opportunity to complete an internship, independent research, or a capstone seminar depending on the student's post-graduation plan.

Featured courses


GIS 222: Programming Principles in GIS I


GIS 322: Programming Principles in GIS II


GIS 270: Statistics for Geography and Planning


GIS 470: Advanced Statistics for Geography and Planning (CS)


GIS 205: Geographic Information Science I (CS)


GIS 211: Geographic Information Science II (CS)


GIS 311: Geographic Information Science III (CS)


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Cartographer (Map Maker)


Growth: 19.4 %
Salary: $63,990

Computer Programmer


Growth: -7.2 %
Salary: $82,240

Computer Scientist


Growth: 19.2 %
Salary: $114,520

Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $76,860

Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)


Growth: 9.3 %
Salary: $88,510

Geospatial Information Technologists


Growth: 9.3 %
Salary: $88,510

Geospatial Intelligence Analyst


Growth: 7.2 %
Salary: $103,990

IP/Mosaic Technician


Growth: 9.7 %
Salary: $48,090

Information Technology Manager (IT Manager)


Growth: 12.0 %
Salary: $139,220

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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