Jan 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 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
UNIV 1101  and UNIV 1102 

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




  Total 126

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 “Core Curriculum Program ”)

Core Curriculum Program: 42

II. Foundations Required for the Geographic Information Science Program

Total (Geographic Information Science Foundations): 8

III. Core Required for the Geographic Information Science Program

Total (Core Required for the Geographic Information Science Program): 73

IV. Designated Electives (choose one 3 hour credit course)

Total for Geographic Information Science Degree: 126 Sem. Hrs.

Fast Track BS and MS Degree Plan

This Degree Plan is designed to enrich exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include six hours of master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans, thereby reducing the total number of hours to receive the Geospatial Systems Engineering (GSEN) MS degree by those six hours. When a student enter their junior-senior year with a GPA of at least 3.0, in their last 60 hours of coursework, they may apply into the Fast Track Degree Plan. If accepted into the Fast Track Plan, student will receive notification from the Admissions Office that they can enroll in Fast Track courses during the last semester of undergraduate studies. Students will be awarded their BS and MS sequentially as each degree is completed.

Degree Requirements

  1. University requirements

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

       I.  Core Curriculum Program  
      II.  Foundations Required for the Geographic Information Science Program
      III. Core Required for the Fast Track Degree Plan
      IV.  Master of Science in Geospatial Systems Engineering




      Total 150

     I.Core Curriculum Program

                  Core Curriculum Program  

     II. Foundations Required for the Geographic Information Science Program

                  See section II above.

III. Core Required for the Fast Track BS and MS Degree Plan

To reach the required 70 credit hours, in addition to the courses listed below, 6 additional credit hours must be chosen from the GSEN MS Degree and should be included in the last semester of the student’s undergraduate study. The student must consult with their graduate faculty advisor to determine which courses will be used to satisfy these 6 credit hours.

Total: 70

IV. Master of Science Geospatial Systems Engineering

The total credit hours required to complete the MS in Geospatial Systems Engineering (GSEN) will be reduced from 36 to 30 in the Fast Track Program due to the counting of 6 credit hours of graduate courses during the student’s last semester of undergraduate study. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for further details of the GSEN Program.

For Additional Information

Website:               http://gisc.tamucc.edu/

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

Fast Track from Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree

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 systems, 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.