Dec 11, 2019  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geographic Information Science, BS

The Geographic Information Science Program will prepare graduates with knowledge and skills for a variety of career paths related to the acquisition, analysis, and management of geospatial data and information. Career paths include education towards advanced degrees and employment in the fields of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems.

Program Objectives

  • Geographic Information Science program graduates will demonstrate growth and advancement in the surveying profession or geospatial sciences.
  • All Students are capable of continuing paths towards graduate studies and/or employment in the fields of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems.
  • All Students are prepared to become Registered Professional Land Surveyors, however, not all graduates will choose this option.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have:

  • An understanding of the basic principles of mathematics, physics, and computer science; the professional skills and modern tools for professional practice in the geospatial sciences as well as for graduate education.
  • An understanding of the principles in geospatial sciences and understanding of professional practice and ethical issues, including the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • The ability to work in a team and develop problem-solving skills that include oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate geospatial information.
  • An awareness and utilization of external organizations and institutions that provide useful geospatial data sets and their relationships to traditional and contemporary societal issues.
  • A recognition of the need for continued learning and development of leadership skills through involvement in volunteer professional organizations and societies.


Geomatics is a field of activity that uses a systematic approach to integrate all means of capturing and managing spatial data required for scientific, administrative, legal, and technical operations involved in the production and management of spatial information. These activities include, but are not limited to, cartography, control surveying, digital mapping, geodesy, geographic information systems, hydrography, land information management, land surveying, mining surveying, photogrammetry, and remote sensing.

Geographic Information Systems is a professional discipline that focuses on the computer-based solutions to problems involving the collection, synthesis, analysis, and communication of spatially related information within a geographic jurisdiction or area. Local, State, and Federal government agencies and private industries have been rapidly converting paper-based systems used to manage spatially referenced data and information to highly automated graphics systems that integrate digital mapping with computerized databases.

Each student will complete a Capstone Project related to one of the above areas of interest. The Capstone Project will be evaluated under the Geospatial Systems Project GISC 4351  course.

Degree Requirements

 A summary of the hours necessary for graduation is as follows:

  1. University requirements

First-Year Seminars: Full-time, first-year students must take
UCCP 1101  and UCCP 1102 

  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. Foundations Required for the Geographic Information Science Program
  3. Core Required for the Geographic Information Science Program
  4. Designated Electives


  Total 121

The specific requirements for each emphasis of the Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science are indicated on the following pages.

I. Core Curriculum Program

(See “University Core Curriculum Programs  ”)

Core Curriculum Program: 42

II. Foundations Required for the Geographic Information Science Program

Total (Geographic Information Science Foundations): 8

Total (Core Required for the Geographic Information Science Program): 68

IV. Designated Electives (choose one)

Total for Geographic Information Science Degree: 121 Sem. Hrs.

Geospatial Information Science Combined BS and MS Degree Plan

This Degree Plan is designed to enrich exceptionally gifted senior undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. When a student with a GPA of at least 3.0 enters their junior-senior year they may apply into the 5-year Degree Plan. See admission requirements for the Geospatial Surveying Engineering Master of Science in the Graduate Catalog. The number of hours required to complete the MS and BS degree is reduced. Students will be awarded their BS and MS simultaneously.

Degree Requirements

  1. University requirements

First-Year Seminars: Full-time, first-year students must take                                                            
UCCP 1101  and UCCP 1102 

       I.  Core Curriculum Program
      II.  Foundations Required for the Geographic Information Science Program
      III. Core Required for the 5-year Geographic Information Science Program
      IV.  Master of Science in Geospatial Surveying Engineering





      Total 141


     I.Core Curriculum Program

                  University Core Curriculum Programs  


     II. Foundations Required for the Geographic Information Science Program

                  See section II above.


For Additional Information


Mailing Address:     Geographic Information Science Program, Unit 5868

                            College of Science and Engineering

                            Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

                            6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Tx  78412-5868