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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120 credit hours (4 years)
Plan Your Future
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
- Urban development and city planning
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
- Mock interviews
- Resume assistance
And much more!
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.
- 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.
|GEOG||1303||World Regional Geography|
|GEOG||2301||The Geography of Texas|
|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
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 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.
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.