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 14
Rhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 23
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Area II: Mathematics3-4
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 13-4
Trigonometry and Precalculus
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Geography of the Natural Environment (Departmental Requirement also)4
World Regional Geography (Departmental Requirement also)3
Culture and Environment
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
Choose one from the following: 33
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Viewing a Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
GEOG 281Map Use: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation3
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 120 740-34
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 student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete two semesters from the following:
CHIN 111Elementary Chinese I4
or FREN 111 Elementary French I
or GER 111 Elementary German I
or JPNS 111 Elementary Japanese I
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or JPNS 112 Elementary Japanese II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
For Heritage Learners:
SPAN 213Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
or PORT 213 Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
or PORT 214 Portuguese for Romance Language Students II

Option 2:

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

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 112 level for the following courses:
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 213 level for the following courses:
PORT 213Portuguese for Romance Language Students I3
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II

Option 4:

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

Option 5:

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

Option 6:

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

Option 7:

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 8:

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 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition . 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 111G Rhetoric and Composition (C- or better) 4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 3
Elective Course or UNIV 150 2 4
GEOG 111G Geography of the Natural Environment (C- or better) 4
 Credits15
Spring
MATH 142G
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences (C- or better for either) 3
or Trigonometry and Precalculus
3-4
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
GEOG 112G
World Regional Geography (C- or better, for either)
or Culture and Environment
3
GEOG 281 Map Use: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation (C- or better) 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15-16
Second Year
Fall
ENGL 218G
Technical and Scientific Communication (C- or better, for either)
or Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
3
Area III: Laboratory Science or Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3-4
Choose one from the following: 3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (C- or better)  
Statistical Applications (C- or better)  
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (C- or better)  
Second Language: either 111-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 Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
Second Language: either 112-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