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.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
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.
- 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.
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:
Geographic information science degree requirements
You are considered a first-year student 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).
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.