Geographic Information Science (BS)

The BS degree program in geographic information science focuses on the computational dimension of geographic information system technology. Students in the program learn:

  • commercial and open source GIS and related software
  • computational principles in GIS
  • concepts in spatial thinking and geographic problem solving
  • mathematical and statistical spatial modeling
  • programming in multiple languages (e.g., Java, C++, and Python)

These essential programming skills combined with GIS knowledge form the basis for designing and implementing GIS software.

Degree Offered

Geographic Information Science (BS)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Tempe, Online

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Career Outlook

Career opportunities are found in private and public sectors in the GIS and computer science worlds. In the private sector, students may find employment with top software development companies. Job activities range from designing desktop systems and implementing Web and mobile applications to developing workflow systems. Public sector job activities, such as with local or national governmental agencies, involve customizing desktop and project management systems as well as spatial models and systems, including both Web and mobile applications.

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