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

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

General Requirements

  1. The B.S. degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of Geography. 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.
  2. Required Major Courses:
    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    or GEO 1310 World Geography
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 3301Research Methods in Geography3
  3. Required Core Courses:
    GEO 2426Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems4
    GEO 3411Maps and Mapmaking4
    GEO 3416Principles of Remote Sensing4
    GEO 3426Advanced GIS4
  4. Required Capstone Course: At least one course from (3-10 hours): 
    GEO 4411Advanced Cartographic Design4
    GEO 4412Digital Remote Sensing4
    GEO 4422Web Mapping4
    GEO 4424GPS and GIS4
    GEO 4427GIS Design and Implementation4
  5. Geography Required Electives: In consultation with an advisor, select from the following courses to bring the required Geography hours to 36.
    GEO 1305Meteorology3
    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    GEO 1310World Geography3
    GEO 2310Introduction to Environmental Geography3
    GEO 2420Introduction to Geographic Information Techniques4
    GEO 2427Management and Implementation of GIS4
    Any 3000/4000 level course
  6. This major also requires an additional three hours of computer science or three hours of mathematics beyond the general education core curriculum requirement. (CS 1308 or higher, CIS 1323 or higher, MATH 1317 or higher). Does not count toward 36 required geography hours.
  7. The degree requires that students select a minor from the approved list of minors. Various minors may be appropriate depending upon a student’s interests and career goals. Discuss possible options with your advisor.
  8. Texas State requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework to graduate including:
    1. general education core curriculum requirements;
    2. major requirements;
    3. minor requirements
    4. additional College/degree requirements, which include either an additional sophomore English literature course or ENG 3303—Technical Writing and 8 hours of modern language (if students completed two years of the same modern language in high school, then no additional courses are required); and
    5. additional elective courses, as needed, to achieve the minimum 120 hours required for graduation, of which 36 hours must be advanced (3000—4000) level courses, and at least 9 semester hours must be writing intensive (WI).

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 13103HIST 13103
US 11001ENG 13203
POSI 23103Life and Physical Sciences3
Life and Physical Sciences3GEO 24104
MATH 1315 (or above, not MATH 1316)3 
GEO 1309 or 13103 
 16 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 13103POSI 23203
Select one of the following (ENG Literature):3Select one of the following:3
Modern Language 1410 (if required), or elective4Modern Language 1420 (if required, or elective)4
HIST 13203PHIL 1305 or 13203
GEO 33013GEO Advanced3
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Select one of the following:3Minor6
 Electives (as needed)3
 GEO Advanced7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3 
GEO Advanced7 
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Electives (as needed)6Electives (as needed)3
GEO Advanced6GEO Advanced3
 15 12
Total Hours: 120