Bachelor in Geographic Information Science

Northwest Missouri State University

Program Description

Bachelor in Geographic Information Science

Northwest Missouri State University

A comprehensive major in Geographic Information Science (GIS) prepares students for a job in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as humanities and social sciences. The major has six areas of emphasis:

  • Civil/Public
  • Data and Technology
  • Earth Technology
  • Emergency Management Response
  • Geographic
  • Geography

At Northwest, students work directly with geography faculty who specialize in GIS. The interdisciplinary program is designed for students interested in spatial technology careers, including urban planning, precision agriculture, remote sensing, cartography and global positioning systems. Additionally, students have access to several state-of-the-art computer labs and the latest versions of industry-standard GIS software packages to ensure they are competitive in the job market.

For transfer students completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Geographical Information Systems is available. Please contact Patricia Drews (drews@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1273) for more information.

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Career Opportunities

100% of students who graduated with a degree in geography information systems obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.

The following is a listing of common positions for graduates with a geographic information science major:

  • GIS Technician
  • Marine Survey Analyst
  • Solutions Specialist
  • Cartography Technician
  • Farming Entrepreneur
  • Cartography Technician
  • GIS Project Manager
  • Mapping Technician
  • Precision Agriculture

*Based on self-reported data in recent years.

Internships

Although internships are not required in the GIS major, they are highly encouraged to gain hands-on, real-world experience.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

Each year, faculty-led study abroad is available to students who prefer to study abroad for two to four weeks with teaching Northwest faculty members. In prior years, students have traveled to England, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

GeoClub provides academic and social activities in the fields of Earth science, geology and geography for active members.

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Requirements

The Northwest Core (48-52 hours)
Must include the following:

GEOG 32101 Introduction to Geography
GEOL 27114 General Earth Science
AND
GEOL 27115 General Earth Science Laboratory
OR
GEOL 27110 General Geology
AND
GEOL 27111 General Geology Laboratory
MATH 17114 General Statistics
3
3

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3

1
3

Required Courses

GEOG 32201 Maps and Map Interpretation
GEOG 32207 GPS Fundamentals
GEOG 32221 Economic Geography
GEOG 32362 Cartography
GEOG 32363 Remote Sensing
GEOG 32365 Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 32410 Geographic Thought and Research Methods
GEOG 32465 Introduction to Customized GIS
GEOG 32499 Senior Seminar
GEOG 32565 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
CSIS 44141 Computer Programming I
CSIS 44346 Database Applications
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
1
3
3
1

Electives in GIS (6)
(Choose six hours)

GEOG 32415 Internship in Geography
GEOG 32562 Digital Cartography and Geovisualization
GEOG 32563 Digital Image Processing
Other advisor-approved electives
1 to 6
3

3

Note: If GEOG 32415 is chosen, it may only be taken for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

Electives in Regional Geography (3):
(Choose three hours)

GEOG 32340 Geography of North America
GEOG 32441 Geography of Europe
GEOG 32442 Geography of Asia
GEOG 32443 Geography of the Middle East
GEOG 32444 Geography of Africa
GEOG 32445 Geography of Latin America
3
3
3
3
3
3

Area of Emphasis (12)
Choose one area of emphasis from the following options:

Data and Technology Emphasis

Required Courses
CSIS 44241 Computer Programming II
CSIS 44460 Database Systems

Electives (6)
(Choose 6 hours)
CSIS 44144 Web Development I
CSIS 44334 Web Development II
CSIS 44335 Script Programming
CSIS 44356 Network Fundamentals
CSIS 44542 Object-Oriented Programming
CSIS 44560 Advanced Topics in Database Systems
CSIS 44563 Developing Web Applications and Services
CSIS 44599 Special Projects
MATH 17599 Special Projects


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3
3
3
3
3
3
3
1 to 6
1 to 6


Geographic Emphasis

Required Course
GEOG 32522 Urban Geography

Electives (9)
(Choose 9 hours)
GEOG 32360 Dynamic and Synoptic Meteorology
GEOG 32361 Climatology
GEOG 32370 Natural Disasters
GEOG 32501 Conservation of Natural Resources
GEOG 32520 Military Geography
GEOG 32521 Political Geography
GEOL 27510 Geomorphology


3



3
3
3
3
3
3
3


Earth Technology Emphasis

Required Courses
GEOL 27360 Environmental Geology
GEOL 27515 Environmental Regulations

Electives (6)
(Choose 6 hours)
GEOL 27335 Physical Oceanography
GEOL 27340 Introduction to Hydrogeology
GEOL 27510 Geomorphology
GEOG 32370 Natural Disasters
GEOG 32501 Conservation of Natural Resources
BIOL 04420 Environmental Issues
BIOL 04474 Wildlife Management and Conservation


4
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3
3
3
3
3
4
2


Civil/Public Emphasis

Required Courses
GEOG 32522 Urban Geography

Electives (9)
(Choose 9 hours)
GEOG 32521 Political Geography
POLS 34321 American Federalism
POLS 34332 Principles of Public Administration
POLS 34502 Public Policy
SOC 35316 Urban Sociology
ENGL 10315 Writing for the Professions


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3
3
3
3
3
3


Emergency Management Response Emphasis

Required Courses
SOSC 36301 Introduction to Disaster Response and Recovery
SOSC 36302 Principles of Humanitarian Relief

Electives (6)
(Choose 6 hours)
GEOG 32370 Natural Disasters
SOSC 36450 Homeland Security and Defense
PSYC 08345 Disaster Psychology
COM 29420 Crisis Communication


3
3



3
3
3
1 to 3


Precision Agriculture Emphasis

Required Courses
AGRI 03232 Crop Production
AGRI 03234 Fundamentals of Soil Science
AGRI 03440 Introduction to Precision Agriculture

Electives (3)
(Choose 3 hours)
AGRI 03434 Weed Science: Ecology and Control
AGRI 03445 Applied Research in Precision Agriculture
AGRI 03536 Soil Fertility
AGRI 03582 Plant Diseases


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Note: Students with the comprehensive B.S. in Geographic Information Science can fulfill the Geography minor with an additional regional class (3 hours) and 12 hours of advisor approved 300-level or above courses.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
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Price Missouri resident per semester hour: $319.05 / Non-Missouri resident per semester hour: $537.85