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://www.geog.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Geography Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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


email: geography@illinois.edu


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 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).

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


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 and Geographic Information Science 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
Select one of the following two (2) courses: 14-8
Spatial Analysis
Intro to GIS Systems

Geographic Information Science Concentration Requirements

Geographic Information Science Concentration Requirements

Total concentration-required hours26-30
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 human and/or physical geography courses:6-8
Cities of the World
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
Big Rivers of the World
Geog Patterns of Illinois
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
Geog of Sub-Saharn Africa
Transportation & Sustainability
Environmental Policy
Recent Trends in Geog Thought
Challenges of Sustainability
Urban Geography
Cities, Crime, and Space
Democracy and Environment
Climate & Social Vulnerability
Total hours required for graduation120