Geographic Information Sciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.26 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:3944 Duration:48 months

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Qualified students may also enhance their academic experience and career qualifications with participation in the GIScCE Center of Excellence Scholars Program. The program is both an academic and a professional curriculum designed to enable SDSU students to achieve educational and research experiences that uniquely qualify them for a career in GISc/Remote Sensing.

The Department of Geography provides course work leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and the Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Sciences. In addition to the standard degree programs, there are presently two options available in the Geography Major:
  • Technical Geography-Science Option
  • Environmental Planning and Management Option
The Technical Geography-Science Option stresses research techniques and is oriented toward future employment in governmental, industrial, military, or planning positions. The Environmental Planning and Management Option is designed to prepare students for careers in governmental, industrial, managerial, recreational areas, and commercial corporations.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
  • USD 8262 Year (National)
  • USD 18044 Year (International)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120 credits
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Major Requirements: 41
  • Physical Geography: Weather and Climate and Lab
  • Physical Geography: Natural Landscapes and Lab
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • World Regional Geography
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Geography
  • Cartography and Lab
  • Geography of the Future
  • Air Photo Interpretation and Lab
  • Remote Sensing and Lab
  • Introduction to GIS
  • GIS: Data Creation and Integration
  • GIS: Vector and Raster Modeling
  • or GIS Applications
  • Trigonometry

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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