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B.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology

The Department of Geography at Texas A&M University is excited to announce its new undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science and Technology which begins in Fall 2014.

The program is modular in design. All students take core GIST courses and also select a specialization area that exposes them to knowledge and expertise in one of three areas: Design, analysis and computation (DAC), Earth systems analysis (ESA) and Human systems and society (HSS).

The program provides students with broad exposure to the geospatial technologies of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing(RS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as well as applying these technics to specific application areas. It offers students a strong ground in the concepts and theory underpinning these technologies, experiential learning, hands-on training, and practical problem solving.

GIST is a growing field and graduates have employment opportunities in many diverse fields. Recent Geography graduates focusing on Geographic Information Science have gone on to rewarding careers with companies like Google, are employed in numerous Oil and Energy companies and work in municipal, state and federal government agencies.

The program is supported by state-of-the-art computer facilities in the Department of Geography and the proposed TAMU Geospatial Science and Technology Center.

GIST Program Objectives

GIST program objectives focus on quality issues that address the increasing societal demands for GIST education, technical training and problem-solving skills.  Specific objectives of the program include:

  • Produce high-quality students with strong GIST knowledge and skills. Students will understand the concepts and issues underpinning GIST. Students will be technically competent and able to understand and utilize analytical methods and software. Students will be able to synthesize knowledge (GIST and  domain knowledge) and apply their skills to solve multidisciplinary problems.
  • Balance education and training (competency).  Students will receive conceptual and technical treatment of GIST topics. Education and training permits multidisciplinary understanding and problem solving.
  • Provide application experiences.  Students will be exposed to domain knowledge within and outside of geography.  Coursework and GIST tracks will provide domain knowledge and experience related to technical, scientific and societal applications.
  • Provide problem-solving experiences.  Students will work independently and in groups to address issues and problems. Student research, applied GIST course projects, and an applied capstone course will facilitate this objective.
  • Ensure multiple outcomes for students. Our program facilitates the needs of students so that they can be successful in the realms of education, research, private industry, and government.  Students have several career paths to choose from based upon their expertise and interests.
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