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B.S. - Geography: Geographic Information Systems Concentration

Geography is a field of study that endeavors to explain the ways in which nature and society interact and mutually impact upon each other and the connections between local and global human and physical systems.  Geography also seeks to understand, interpret, and represent where things are and why, how they differ from place to place, and what the answers to those questions mean for society and the environment.  Analytically, geographers focus on the roles of place (locale, context), space (area, distance, boundaries), and scale (geographical extent or field of action) in human and physical processes.   

The Geographic Information Systems concentration concentrates on the use of computational techniques to represent and analyze the social and biophysical worlds and the connections between them.  At UWG this concentration will guide you through the rapidly growing field of GIS and geospatial technology. Faculty expertise includes the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Air Photo Interpretation, Computer Cartography, and Mapping Sciences. The booming field of Geospatial technology is currently in very high demand in dozens of employment fields across the private and public sectors.

CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                              
Core Areas A, B, C, D, E (see Core Curriculum requirements) (42 hours)
Must take MATH 1113 or equivalent in Area A and Option II in Area D 

Area F (18 hours)
• One of the following: (3 hours)   
GEOG 2083 Introduction to Geographical Analysis
MATH 2063 Introductory Statistics                        
• MATH 1634 Calculus (if not taken in the core) (0-4 hours)
• GEOG 2553 Introduction to GIS and Mapping Science (3 hours)
• Computer Introduction/Applications from the following: (2-3 hours)    
CISM, CS, GEOG, GEOL, XIDS                                                         
• Any lab sciences 2000 or below: (8 hours)    
• Any courses 2000 or below (0-4 hours) 
Total Core Hours (60 hours) 


Must have at least 39 total hours from courses 3000 or above, 21 of which must be taken in Geography. 
Must concentrate in Physical Geography or Geographic Information Systems.

Geographic Information Systems
Lower-Division Requirements (0-9 hours)   
• GEOG 1013 World Geography (if not taken in the core) (0-3 hours)        
• One of the following (if not taken in the core): (0-3 hours)    
GEOG 1111 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 1112 Weather and Climate                                                            
GEOG 1113 Landform Geography                                                             
GEOG 2083 Introduction to Geographical Analysis (if not taken in the core) (0-3 hours) 

Upper-Division Requirements (27 hours)
• GEOG 3563 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4 hours)         
• GEOG 4084 Senior Seminar: Why Geography Matters (3 hours)
• GEOG 4553 Geographic Information Systems (4 hours)
• GEOG 4554 Computer Cartography (4 hours)
• GEOG 4562 Airphoto Interpretation and Photogrammetry (4 hours)
• GEOG 4564 Introduction to Image Processing (4 hours)
• GEOG 4753 Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis (4 hours)           

Electives (24-33 hours)
• Electives and/or minor (optional)    
   At least 12 hours must be from courses 3000 or higher
   Students can take up to six hours of GEOG 4086

Major (60 hours) 

Total (120 hours)