Geography (Geographic Information Science & Tech) - Bachelor of Science

The Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Concentration offers a solid foundation in geographic thought and human and physical geography, and provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in spatial analysis and modeling through the use of geographic information systems and remote sensing tools and concepts. Preparation for advanced studies is also provided.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1430GApplications of Calculus I 13-4
or MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Physical Geography (Departmental Requirement)4
World Regional Geography (Departmental Requirement)3
Human Geography
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
MATH 1350GIntroduction to Statistics3
Viewing a Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
GEOG 2130Map Use and Analysis3
GEOG 373Introduction to Remote Sensing4
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 481Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)4
GEOG 482Geodatabase Design3
GIS & T Area Courses6-8
System Design for Geographic Information Science (GIS)3
Advanced Remote Sensing4
GIS&T Applications and Modeling3
Human Geography and Physical Geography Courses 59
Physical Geography (PG)
Fundamentals of Biogeography3
Geomorphology3
Climatology3
Landscape Ecology4
Human Geography (HG) 6
Economic Geography3
Cultural Geography3
Urban Geography3
Transportation Geography3
Human Environment Geography (HEG) 63
New Mexico and the American West3
U.S. National Parks3
Geography of Latin America3
Europe3
Field Explorations in Geography3
Second Language Requirement: (required - see below)6-8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 734-40
9 credits must be upper-division
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Geography with a Concentration in GIS&T there is a one year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
4-8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
4-8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
4-8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
4-8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
4-8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
3-6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete 6 additional upper-division Geography courses (beyond major requirements)6

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 4:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 5:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 6:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 7:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 8:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 9:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I or MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 3
Elective Course or UNIV 150 2 4
GEOG 1110G Physical Geography (C- or better) 4
 Credits15
Spring
MATH 1430G
Applications of Calculus I (C- or better for either) 3
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
3-4
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
GEOG 1120G
World Regional Geography (C- or better, for either)
or Human Geography
3
GEOG 2130 Map Use and Analysis (C- or better) 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15-16
Second Year
Fall
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication (C- or better) 3
Area III: Laboratory Science or Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3-4
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistics (C- or better)  
Statistical Applications (C- or better)  
Second Language: either 1110-level or Upper Division GEOG course (C- or better) 4 3-4
GEOG 381 Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (C- or better) 4
 Credits16-18
Spring
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Second Language: either 1120-level or Upper Division GEOG course (C- or better) 4 3-4
GEOG 481 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) (C- or better) 4
Elective Course 2 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits16-17
Third Year
Fall
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 5 3
Select either a Human Geography or Physical Geography Course (C- or better) 6, 7 3
GEOG 373 Introduction to Remote Sensing (C- or better) 4
Elective Course 2 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits16
Spring
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 5 3
Select either a Human Geography or Physical Geography Course (C- or better) 6, 7 3
Choose one from the following Human Environment Geography Courses: 7 3
New Mexico and the American West (C- or better)  
U.S. National Parks (C- or better)  
Geography of Latin America (C- or better)  
Europe (C- or better)  
Field Explorations in Geography (C- or better)  
Choose one from the following GIS&T Area Courses: 3-4
System Design for Geographic Information Science (GIS) (C- or better)  
Advanced Remote Sensing (C- or better)  
GIS&T Applications and Modeling (C- or better)  
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Fall
Select either a Human Geography or Physical Geography Course (C- or better) 6, 7 3-4
Choose one from the following GIS&T Area Courses: 3-4
System Design for Geographic Information Science (GIS) (C- or better)  
Advanced Remote Sensing (C- or better)  
GIS&T Applications and Modeling (C- or better)  
Elective Course - Upper Division 2 3
Elective Course 2 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15-17
Spring
GEOG 482 Geodatabase Design (C- or better) 3
Elective Course 2 6
GIS and Water Resources (optional)  
Elective Course - Upper Division 2 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-127