BS - Geographic Information Science - Urban Systems Concentration

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Geography and Anthropology Department

    Geographic Information Science, BS (Urban Systems Concentration)

    Program Information:
    The Bachelor of Science degree program in Geographic Information Science (GISc) integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology with applied research domains. The GISc program aims at producing high caliber graduates who are well trained in the technology, theory, and application of GIS and information systems. Students receive fundamental knowledge of human and physical geography, along with specific content in one of two systems: environmental systems or urban systems. GISc provides students a set of skills to manipulate, analyze, assess, and visualize data by way of digital maps and/or map imagery to solve problems in areas like urban and regional design, marketing and industrial location, transportation, precision agriculture, forestry, environmental systems, water resources, engineering, emergency services, crime analysis, and utilities.

    This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on the Geographic Information Science degree (Urban Systems Concentration) requirements and course prerequisites in the Fall 2017 Undergraduate Catalog. (If course prerequisites change, you must meet the prerequisites in effect when you take the course, so always check the current Catalog for course prerequisites.) 

    Milestones/Notes:

    1. Must earn a grade of "C" or better in coursework.
    2. Not all courses are offered every semester.
    3. See KSU online Catalog or departmental website for pre-requisite(s) or course descriptions.

    Contact Information:
    (470) 578-2373
    http://ga.hss.kennesaw.edu/

     

Term 1

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • First-Year Seminar or an academic Learning Community  Required if first-year, full-time KSU student.
    3
  • 3
Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. If First-Year Seminar or Learning Community is taken, use credit hours as free electives.
  2. MATH 1111 or higher is required; prerequisite for IS 2200.
  3. Student cannot use GEOG 1101, ANTH 1102, and SOCI 1101 in General Education Area E-4.

Term 2

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • HIST 1100 or HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    3
Total: 15
Year 1 (Hours: 30)

Term 3

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    3
Total: 12

Term 4

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • GEOG 1112 or GEOG 1113
    4
  • 3
  • 3
Total: 16

Notes/Milestones:

  1. IS 2200 is the prerequisite course for upper-level Information Science courses.

Year 2 (Hours: 28)

Term 5

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • IS 3020 or IS 3100 or IS 3220 or IS 3260 or IS 3280
    3
  • 3
  • Free Elective.  Any course in the university curriculum.
    2
Total: 17

Notes/Milestones:

  1. IS 3020, 3100, 3220, 3260 3280 fulfills an embedded IT Certificate.
  2. Free electives can be spread out throughout the years.

Term 6

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • ART 1107 or DANC 1107 or MUSI 1107 or TPS 1107
    3
  • IS 3020 or IS 3100 or IS 3220 or IS 3260 or IS 3280
    3
  • 3
Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. GEOG 4500 offered in Spring semesters.
  2. Urban Systems Concentration can choose SOCI 1101 for lower division concentration course.
  3. IS 3020, 3100, 3220, 3260 3280 fulfills an embedded IT Certificate.

Year 3 (Hours: 32)

Term 7

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • IS 3020 or IS 3100 or IS 3220 or IS 3260 or IS 3280
    3
  • 3
  • 3
  • Free Elective.  Any course in the university curriculum.
    3
Total: 18

Notes/Milestones:

  1. GEOG 4410 offered only in Fall semesters.
  2. Students with Urban Systems need to take a total of 8 credit hours in Free Electives.
  3. IS 3020, 3100, 3220, 3260 3280 fulfills an embedded IT Certificate.

Term 8

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 6
  • 3
  • 3
Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Capstone course to be taken last academic year.
  2. GIS 3398 (Internship) needs permission of the instructor before enrolling.
  3. Students with Urban Systems need to take a total of 8 credit hours in Free Electives.

Year 4 (Hours: 33)


Program Total: 123 Hours

Milestones: All courses indicated as a Milestone with this icon ( ) should be completed in the term suggested to prevent delays in program completion.

Disclaimer: An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the KSU undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Some departments allow students to use the three credit first-year seminar course as a free elective for a degree program, which may impact the program's total credit hours. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. Enrolled Students should reference DegreeWorks and not this plan.

This map is not a substitute for academic advisement—contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.kennesaw.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


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