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B.A.A.S. in Geographic Information Systems


The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a hands-on, student-focused program that is designed to inspire, captivate, and prepare you for your future career in any related field or industry. Geographic Information Systems are computer-based systems used for recording, storing, analyzing, and displaying spatial/geographic data. GIS show a myriad of different types of data and display spatial statistics in order to draw specified conclusions. In essence, GIS is storytelling by way of geography instead of books. 

Every time we use navigation on our smartphones, look up the nearest restaurant, or decide where to vacation to, we are using GIS. Geographic information systems are used to track climate changes, wildlife migration patterns, shopping and consumer habits, oil and gas exploration, infectious disease outbreaks, just to name a few. These systems are used in every sector of the economy and in almost every discipline. 

Designed With You in Mind

This degree program caters to the needs of nontraditional students with existing military, technical or vocational education credits in some aspects of GIS, who are seeking for individualized academic degrees in GIS.

Program Objectives

  • Critical Thinking: Students will be able to identify, and spatially conceptualize a problem, and logically argue for the use of geospatial techniques in addressing the problem.
  • Technology: Students will demonstrate skill in the use of GIS related software and related research databases and equipment.
  • Data Analysis: Students will demonstrate skill in using standard GIS data analysis techniques.
  • Research Skills: Students will demonstrate skill in using basic GIS research methodologies.

Jump Right In

The U.S. Department of Labor identified GIS as one of the three most important emerging and evolving fields over the next ten years. The Tarleton GIS program will teach skills that are needed across various disciplines and job markets. Graduating with a degree in GIS will give you a tremendous advantage in today’s competitive job market.

Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a degree in GIS have almost unlimited options in terms of where they want to work and in what field. Students with GIS degrees work in the fields such as:

  • Medical geography/GIS
  • Real estate investment
  • Location factor analyst
  • Oil and gas
  • Intelligence agencies
  • Wildlife services
  • Hydrology
  • Urban development and city planning
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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

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Internship Opportunities

Students who excel at GIS are sought out by employers for:

  • Internships within the local, state, and federal government
  • Oil and gas industry internships and/or employment
  • Non-governmental organization positions
  • Real estate development

Students who are interested should work with their academic advisor to find the correct intern position. 

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
GEOG 3312 Economic Geography
BCIS 3333 C# Programming
GEOG 3352 Introduction to Crime Mapping
BCIS 4301 Database Theory and Practice
GEOG 4450 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4451 Applied Remote Sensing


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