Online Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science

The online GIS degree teaches practical computer programming skills with important applications to geography. You’ll learn how to use GIS software to solve problems related to climate change, urban planning, cultural conflicts and more.

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Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is a GIS degree?

A geographic information science degree will equip you with in-demand skills for analyzing spatial data. The degree primarily focuses on teaching GIS software, statistics and computer programming. You’ll also explore data management methods and algorithms related to geographical data.

In advanced GIS degree courses, you'll focus on the science of solving spatial problems. You'll apply your GIS and data analysis skills to address issues for businesses and government agencies. Examples include mapping company assets, wildlife habitats, health trends and more.

What careers use GIS?

Examples of professional fields where GIS knowledge is valuable include:

  • City and urban planning.
  • Conservation and environmental science.
  • Data analysis and visualization.
  • Health and human services.
  • Insurance.
  • Software development.
  • Supply chain management.

You may pursue roles in both the public and private sectors with an online GIS degree. This means you'll have the opportunity to build a career in a variety of fields that best fit your skills and interests.

Are geographic information science graduates in demand?

GIS is a growing field as geographical data becomes more available and essential to decision making. Occupations in cartography and photogrammetry will grow around 15% between 2018 and 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer-related professions are also expected to experience a 12% growth through 2028.

Featured geographic information science courses

To complete your geographic information science degree, you’ll take courses that cover key concepts in geography, GIS systems, statistics and computer programming.


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)


What can I do with a GIS degree?

A GIS degree can open doors to a wide variety of professional opportunities in fields such as computer science and urban planning. As a graduate of a geographic information science program, you can explore career paths such as:

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

Learn from professionals in the field of geographic science

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is home to nationally and internationally recognized thought leaders and innovators within the disciplines of geography and geographic information science. Our faculty includes:

  • Academia Europea Member.
  • American Association of Geographers Fellows.
  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences Members.

Learn from professionals in the field of geographic science

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is home to nationally and internationally recognized thought leaders and innovators within the disciplines of geography and geographic information science. Our faculty includes:

  • Academia Europea Member.
  • American Association of Geographers Fellows.
  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences Members.

Geographic information science degree 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.

Earn your GIS degree from a leader in innovation

The 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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