Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Social Science Department of Geography Undergraduate Programs Geographic Information Science
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science provides a rigorous, in-depth program for students interested in the application of information technology to the spatial dimensions of the Earth’s human and physical systems. It is an ideal program for those pursuing a career in the spatial technology sector, or for those considering graduate study in geography and related disciplines. Students attain substantial general quantitative and technical skills, as well as practical experience in the application of skills to solving problems drawn from local, regional, and global settings.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science
The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science.
The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Geographic Information Science major is met by completing Geography 425. That course is referenced in item 3. below.
The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.
The following required major courses with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average (40 to 44 credits):
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Survey of Calculus II
Two of the following courses (7 or 8 credits):
Technical Computing and Problem Solving
Introduction to Programming I
Introduction to Programming II
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Introduction to Economic Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
All of the following courses (18 credits):
Introduction to Geographic Information
Introduction to Geographic Information Laboratory
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers and Planners
Advanced Remote Sensing
Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
Cartographic Design and Production
Digital Terrain Analysis
Metropolitan Environments: Urban Forms and Land Uses
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Geographic Information Science - Calculus II
Major - Geographic Information Science - Calculus II: 1 course from LB119, MTH126, MTH133
Requirement 12: Major - Geographic Information Science - Programming I and II
Major - Geographic Information Science - Programming I and II: 2 courses from CSE131, CSE231, CSE232
Requirement 13: Major - Geographic Information Science - General Geography
Major - Geographic Information Science - General Geography: 1 course from GEO113, GEO151, GEO206, GEO333
Requirement 14: Major - Geographic Information Science - Core
Major - Geographic Information Science - Core: 6 courses from GEO221, GEO221L, GEO324, GEO325, GEO363, GEO424
Requirement 15: Major - Geographic Information Science - Required Electives
Major - Geographic Information Science - Required Electives: 2 courses from GEO423, GEO426, GEO428, GEO453, GEO498
Requirement 16: Major - Geographic Information Science - Problems in Geographic Information Science (W)
Major - Geographic Information Science - Problems in Geographic Information Science (W): 1 course from GEO425
Requirement 17: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 9 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, HST, LIR, PLS, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202.
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 17
Requirement 18: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 30 credits from Geography courses to meet the requirement of at least 30 credits.
Requirement 19: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 15 credits from Additional electives. See your academic advisor for a list of approved courses.
Requirement 20: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 6 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.
Requirement 21: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 22: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 23: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.