Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Geographic Information Science

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. This major requires students to select a minor area from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors offered at Texas State. Various minors may be appropriate depending upon your interests and career goals. Discuss other possible options with your academic advisor. 
  3. This major requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of Geography courses.
  4. To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have at least a 2.50 major GPA for Geography and at least a 2.25 TXST GPA. Students must make a grade of "C" or better in all Geography courses that are to be counted for credit toward their major.
  5. Required major courses include the following:
    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    or GEO 1310 World Geography
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 2426Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems4
    GEO 3301Research Methods in Geography3
  6. Required Geography core courses include the following:
    GEO 3411Maps and Mapmaking4
    GEO 3416Remote Sensing and Earth Observation4
    GEO 3426Advanced GIS4
  7. Required 4000-level Geography includes at least three courses from the following: 
    GEO 4411Advanced Cartographic Design4
    GEO 4412Digital Image Processing and Machine Learning4
    GEO 4420GeoProgramming4
    GEO 4422Web Mapping4
    GEO 4424GPS and GIS4
    GEO 4427GIS Consulting Practicum4
    GEO 4380Internship in Geography3
    or GEO 4430 Field Methods
    Students cannot take both GEO 4380 and GEO 4430 to count towards 4000-level requirement
  8. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  9. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  10. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
US 11001American History Component Code 0603
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303GEO 24104
GEO 1309 or 1310 (TCCN GEOG 1302 or 1303)3 
Mathematics Component Code 0203 
 16 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3ENG Literature Select one of the following:3
Modern Language 1410 (if required), or elective4
ENG 2310 (TCCN ENGL 2322)
American History Component Code 0603
ENG 2320 (TCCN ENGL2323)
GEO 33013
ENG 2330 (TCCN ENGL2332)
ENG 2340 (TCCN ENGL 2333)
ENG 2359 (TCCN ENGL 2327)
ENG 2360 (TCCN ENGL 2328)
 Modern Language 1420 (if required, or elective)4
 PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3
 GEO Advanced Required/Elective3
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3Minor6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803Elective (as needed)3
GEO Advanced Required/Electives7GEO Advanced Required/Electives7
Choose one of the following:3 
CS 1308 (TCCN COSC 1301)
CIS 1323 (TCCN BCIS 1305)
MATH 1317 (TCCN MATH 1316)
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Electives (as needed)3Elective (as needed)3
GEO Advanced Required/Electives6GEO Advanced Required/Elective3
 15 12
Total Hours: 120