Geographic Information Science Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

E-mail: geograph@illinois.edu

A minimum of 35 credit hours of Geography and Geographic Information Science courses are required for the major.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction:  Students majoring in Geography and Geographic Information Science can earn distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction upon graduation.  The requirements for these awards are:

For distinction: 3.3 GPA overall; 3.3 GPA in GGIS courses.

For high distinction:  3.3 GPA overall; 3.75 GPA in GGIS courses.

For highest distinction:  3.3 GPA overall; 3.75 GPA in GGIS courses; satisfactorily complete an independent project (GEOG 391).

Students should consult their advisors regarding distinction requirements as soon as they enter the major (no later than the end of their junior year).

Geography and Geographic Information Science Core Requirements
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Meteorology
Earth's Physical Systems
Big Rivers of the World
Select one of the following:3-4
Global Development&Environment
Social and Cultural Geography
The Digital Earth
Geographies of Globalization
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
GEOG 379Intro to GIS Systems4
Geographic Information Science Concentration Requirements
GEOG 371Spatial Analysis4
GEOG 380GIS II: Spatial Prob Solving4
Select one of the following courses:3
Intro Computing: Non-Tech
Intro to Computer Science
or equivalent course approved by the Department’s Advisor
Select a minimum of three courses from the following:9-11
Business Location Decisions
Intro to Social Statistics
Geospatial Tech & Society
Earth Systems Modeling
Health Applications of GIS
Aerial Photo Analysis
Biological Modeling
Digital Cartography & Map Design
Applied GIS to Environ Studies
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Techniques of Remote Sensing
Advanced Topics in GIS
Principles of GIS
Programming for GIS
Select two additional Geography and Geographic Information Science courses from the Human Geography Concentration and/or Physical Geography Concentration course lists6-8
Total Hours36-42