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Geographic Information Sciences (B.S.)

Chart a course.

Study human-environment interactions and learn geospatial technologies like cartography, remote sensing and computational analysis. The major allows students to gain hands-on experience with computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) that integrate hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows researchers to work with data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. Graduates of this program are prepared to apply their geographic knowledge and technical skills to address problems related to global climate change, regional planning and development, natural resources and much more.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a genuine curiosity about the world
  • Enjoy both the hard sciences and social sciences
  • Like to learn about different places and cultures
  • Like working with technology
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker

Career Opportunities

  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst
  • Urban Planner
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Cartographer

Recent Employers

  • EROS (Earth Resources Observation and Sciences) Center
  • Fugro Geospatial
  • IMS (Infrastructure Management Services)
  • SD BIT (Bureau of Information Telecommuni-cations)
  • Midcontinent (GIS Analyst)

Internship Opportunities

  • EROS (Earth Resources Observation and Sciences) Center
  • 1st Planning District (Watertown)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • City of Henderson, Nevada
  • Public Works Department, City of Mounds View, Minnesota

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Suggested Minors

  • Informatics
  • Global Studies
  • Political Science
  • Statistics
  • Aerospace Studies/Military Science

Clubs and Organizations

  • Geography Club

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.