Nov 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fast Track Geographic Information Science, BS and Geospatial Systems Engineering, MS

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Geographic Information Science BS to Geospatial Systems Engineering MS

The university allows the opportunity for high-achieving students to count a select number of graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree and thereby obtain a graduate degree at an accelerated pace. Students interested in the Fast Track in Geospatial Systems Engineering must meet the following application criteria:

  • Currently seeking a BS in Geographic Information Science at A&M-Corpus Christi.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 SCH at the time of Fast Track application.
  • Classified as a Senior with successful completion of at least 90 SCH, including GISC 3421, GISC 3412, and GISC 3300.

Students accepted into the Fast Track program will be given permission to enroll in up to six hours of prescribed graduate courses during their last semester of undergraduate studies. The hours for these graduate courses will “double-count” toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The BS and MS degrees will be awarded sequentially (i.e., upon completion of each degree) and not simultaneously. Students will be allowed to continue enrollment in the graduate program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must provide the following at the time of application:

  • A completed application form. Application fees are waived for Fast Track applicants.
  • Official transcripts of all college and university coursework.
  • An essay (500-1000 words) discussing why you wish to get a Master’s degree and your areas of interest.
  • Identify a faculty member willing to serve as their graduate advisor. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor.

No criterion is weighted more heavily than any other criterion. Applications received or completed after the deadline for admission during one semester may be considered for admission in the following semester at the applicant’s request. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.

Academic Preparation

A student entering the program is expected to have adequate preparation in geographic information science and mathematics from their undergraduate degree. For geographic information science, this preparation must include successful completion of coursework in geospatial mathematical techniques, geodetic science, and visualization for GIS. In mathematics, students must have successfully completed course work in calculus I and calculus II.

Fast Track Curriculum in the Senior Year

BS Geographic Information Science students accepted in the Fast Track will have up to six hours of undergraduate elective credit replaced with six hours of graduate credit during the final semester of the senior year. A Fast Track student can choose from any of the classes in the MS Geospatial Systems Engineering degree plan, as long as the prerequisites are met.

See the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of the degree requirements for the MS in Geospatial Systems Engineering.

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