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B.S. in Geography and Geographic Information Systems


The Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GGIS) 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. Geography and Geographic Information Systems are computer-based systems used for recording, storing, analyzing, and displaying spatial/geographic data. GGIS show a myriad of different types of data and display spatial statistics in order to draw specified conclusions. In essence, GGIS 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 GGIS. Geography and 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. 

Jump Right In

The geography and geographic information systems field is projected to be the fifth fastest growing occupation in the U.S. over the next ten years. Graduating with a degree in GGIS will give you a tremendous advantage in today’s competitive job market. The Tarleton GGIS program will teach skills that are needed across various disciplines and job markets; from business to agriculture and everything in-between

Designed With You in Mind

This degree program places emphasis on graduating students in four years. Our courses are taught on a rotation, providing you with the flexibility of having most of the require courses taught at least once a semester, and often times twice a semester.


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Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a degree in GGIS have almost unlimited options in terms of where they want to work and in what field. Students with GGIS 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 GGIS 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. 

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with the knowledge and ability to use GGIS across various disciplines and perspective occupations.
  • Students will develop the necessary background expertise in geography and GGIS to solve problems associated with globalization and the changing world.
  • Prepare students utilize their GGIS skills to be exposed to diverse job options.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography
GEOG 2301 The Geography of Texas
GEOG 2312 Economic Geography
GEOG 2451 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 3450 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4450 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Dr. O. A. Grant Scholarship

Dr. O. A. Grant Scholarship

Endowed in honor of Tarleton's Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, these $1,000 scholarships are offered to qualified history and political science majors. As many as ten academically outstanding students can receive this scholarship during an academic year.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society that was established at Tarleton in 1985. The Alpha Beta Chi Chapter is starting out this semester with great expectations and we are looking for new members who qualify for membership. To see if you qualify or for more information, contact Dr. Janet Schmelzer.

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Texan Corps of Cadets

The Texan Corps of Cadets are instilled with values that are essential for the service of our nation, and are exceptionally qualified to succeed in several areas of business, government, and the military. Corps members can benefit from scholarships, corporate internships, and graduation reward opportunities, as well as with the option to minor in Leadership Studies.

Learn more about the Texan Corps of Cadets.

W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

The W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a research facility of Tarleton State University, is a combined museum and special collections library. Located at the site of the Thurber ghost town, its interactive exhibits explore the birth and death of a company town.