Geographic Information Science

River photoA pragmatic, career-oriented option focuses on a set of specialized geographic techniques and analysis including quantitative methods, cartography, remote sensing, & Geographic Information Systems.

  • GEOG 603: Introduction to Geographic Information Analysis
  • GEOG 604: Environmental Data Science
  • GEOG 606: Cartography
  • GEOG 610: Remote Sensing of the Environment I
  • GEOG 611: Remote Sensing of the Environment II
  • GEOG 620: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GEOG 621: GIS for Environmental Analysis
  • GEOG 625: Programming for GIScience
  • GEOG 629: Coastal & Marine Applications of GIS

Geog 688, a Geographic Internship, is recommended. Internships with various agencies and environmental groups can familiarize you with entry-level positions. Past internships have included the following: U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, California Coastal Commission, many county planning agencies, and private consulting firms.


Courses in other departments on individual advisement

Courses in graphic and industrial arts are recommended on advisement. Computer-related specialists (in GIS and remote sensing) will find programming and database management courses offered through Computer Science valuable.



Excellent opportunities are to be found for students who wish to work as Cartographers, Computer Cartographers, GIS Specialists, GIS Database Technicians, and Image Analysts, in government and private agencies at the local, state and national level.