Geography & Geographic Information Science: Geographic Information Science, BSLAS

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in Geography & Geographic Information Science, Geographic Information Science Concentration


department website: https://ggis.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Geography & GIS Faculty

advising: Geography & GIS advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


Undergraduate Degree Programs in Geography & Geographic Information Science

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in Geography & Geographic Information Science, Geographic Information Science Concentration

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office by the beginning of the fifth semester (60-75 hours).

Departmental distinction: Students majoring in Geography 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 (GGIS 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).


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

Minimum required major and supporting course work: a minimum of 40 upper-division hours. Twelve (12) hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.
 

Geography & GIS Core Requirements

Total Core Hours10-16
Select one of the following three(3) courses:3-4
Introduction to Meteorology
Earth's Physical Systems
Big Rivers of the World
Select one of the following six (6) courses:3-4
Global Development & Environment
Social and Cultural Geography
The Digital Earth
Geographies of Globalization
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
GIS Core (2) courses: 4-8
(Only students pursuing the Geographic Information Science Concentration are required to take both GGIS 371 and GGIS 379.)
Spatial Analysis
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Science Concentration Requirements

Geographic Information Science Concentration Requirements
Spatial Analysis
Spatial Problem Solving
Select one (1) of the following courses:3
Intro Computing: Non-Tech
Introduction to Computer Science
or equivalent course approved by the Department’s Advisor
Select a minimum of three (3) courses from the following:9-11
Business Location Decisions
Intro to Social Statistics
Foundations of CyberGIS & Geospatial Data Science
Geospatial Technology & 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 Geographic Information Science
Programming for GIS
Select two (2) human and/or physical geography courses:6-8
Cities of the World
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
Big Rivers of the World
Environmental Data Science
Environment and Society
Sustainability and the City
Sustainable Development in South Asia
Water Planet, Water Crisis
Population Geography
Watershed Hydrology
Geography Field Course
Fluvial Geomorphology
Humans and River Systems
Green Development
Biogeography
Geography of Health Care
Sustainable Planning Seminar
Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
Transportation &Sustainability
Environmental Policy
Modern Geographic Thought
Challenges of Sustainability
Urban Geography
Cities, Crime, and Space
Climate & Social Vulnerability
Total Hours Geographic Information Science Concentration Hours 26-30
Total Hours Required for Graduation120