Physical Science

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Geographic Information Systems

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The suggested grouping of courses were created through an interdisciplinary committee over a 1-1/2 year period of time. It is recommended that all students have two advisors while completing a BIS degree, one advisor in GIS and another in the area of emphasis. Please review the courses below, they might be out of date, check with the advisor in the area of emphasis.

The following are only a set of suggested course groupings for a BIS/GIS degree (Learn more about a BIS degree) All options have been designed for the integration of the Geographic Information System Certificate

Foundation/Prerequisites (26 credit hours)

CSIS 1000 Introduction to Computer Applications & Internet 3
CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming (JAVA I) 3
CS 1410 Object Oriented Programming (JAVA II) 3
CSIS 2010 Computer Applications 3
CS 3200 Database Design and Management 3
MATH 1040 Statistics 4
COMM 4240 Technical Writing 3
MATH 1210 Calculus I 4

GIS Core (33 credit hours)

GEOG 2900 GPS Theory, Technique and Methods 2
GEOG 2920 GIS Programming with Python Scripting 3
GEOG 3110 Earth from Space: Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 3115 Earth from Space: Introduction to Remote Sensing Lab 1
GEOG 3500 Introduction to Cartography 3
GEOG 3505 Introduction to Cartography Lab 1
GEOG 3550 Principles of GIS 3
GEOG 3555 Principles of GIS Lab 2
GEOG 3993 GIS Undergraduate Research (pre-approved) 3
GEOG 4150 Advance GIS Analysis Methods Lab 3
GEOG 4500 GIS Capstone (approved 2 semesters before signup) 3
GEOG 4893 GIS Internship (pre-approved) 3
GEOG 4920 GIS Workshop* 6
* Various topics: Advance Geodatabase Design, Geostatistics, 3D Animation. etc (by demand)

A) Geography Emphasis (20 credit hours)

GEOG 1000 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 1005 Physical Geography Lab 1
GEOG 1400 Human Geography 3
GEOG 3220 Weather and Climate (taught every other year) 3
GEOG 3225 Weather and Climate Lab (taught every other year) 1
GEOG 3350 Geomorphology (taught every other year) 2
GEOG 3355 Geomorphology Lab (taught every other year) 1
GEOG 3400 Environmental Geography (taught every other year) 3
GEOG 3620 Geography of North America 3

B) Programming Emphasis (27 credit hours)

CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming (JAVA I) 3
CS 1410 Object Oriented Programming (JAVA II) 3
IS 2000 Web Development (html) 3
CS 2420 Introduction to Algorithms & Data Structure 3
CS 3000 Advance Algorithms and Data Structures (MATH 1630) 3
CS 3150 C and C++ Programming 3
CS 4550 Programming Language & Computational Theory 3
  (6 credits GIS Programming workshop courses) 6

C) Database/Information System Emphasis (24 credit hours)

CSIS 1000 Introduction to Computer Applications & Internet 3
IS 2000 Web Development 3
CSIS 2010 Computer Applications 3
IS 3660 Server Administration 3
IS 2600 Data Communications & Networking 3
EET 2750 Computer Hardware (A+ Cert) 3
CS 3200 Database Design and Management 3
CSIS 3100 System Analysis & Design 3

D) Natural Resource Emphasis (27 credit hours)

NR 1010 Introduction to Natural Resource Management 3
RANG 3600 Range Management 3
RANG 3605 Range Management Lab 1
BIOL ?? Natural History 3
BIOL 3030 Ecology 3
BIOL 3035 Ecology Lab 1
BIOL 3550 Plant Taxonomy* 3
BIOL ?? Conservation Biology 3
AGSC 1010 Agriculture in Society 3
AGSC 3560 Soils 3
AGSC 3565 Soils Lab 1
*(or choose one of the following: BIOL 3430/40; 3470/80; 3490/3500)

E) Mathematics & Physics Emphasis (23 credit hours)

MATH 1220 Calculus II 4
MATH 2210 Calculus III 4
MATH 2250 Linear Algebra with Differential Equations 3
PHSY 2210 College Physics I 4
PHSY 2215 College Physics I Lab 1
PHSY 2230 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Recitation 1
PHSY 2020 College Physics II 4
PHSY 2025 College Physics II Lab 1
PHSY 2260 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Recitation 1

F) Computer Aided Design Emphasis (18 credit hours)

MATH 1060 Trigonometry 3
CCET 1010 Introduction to Engineering and Technical Design 3
CCET 1040 Introduction to Residential Architecture Using AutoCAD 3
CCET 3670 Civil Design 3
ENGR 2240 Plane Surveying 2
ENGR 2245 Plane Surveying Lab 1
EET 2750 Computer Hardware (A+ Cert) 3
  Adv Civil Design or Advance Surveying  

General Geography and GIS Emphasis (25 credit hours)

The General Geography and GIS Emphasis can be designed from the above areas (emphases A-F) and the elective list. To create a general emphasis a student must consult with a GIS advisor. 20 credit hours of upper division course work must be remaining to be approved for the general geography and GIS emphasis.

Suggested Electives (3-14 credit hours)*

Advisor approved electives are recommended
*(total number of elective credits is a function of the emphasis that is chosen and the GE overlap) Core + emphasis + electives = 67 credit hours

Note: Many of the foundation courses are used in the emphasis areas and/or GE