Geographic Information Science, BS

Learn skills to better understand the concept of location as it relates to current issues facing our global society, and be ready to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our world.

Program Description

Students in the BS program in geographic information science begin their study by gaining a strong foundational understanding of geographic information systems, statistical analysis and computer programming. Students expand on this foundation through upper-division coursework in the major that enables the pursuit of deeper and more focused understanding of the application of geographic information science technologies to complex environmental and societal issues.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 170 - Precalculus
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Urban and Environmental Planning, MUEP

Want to make an impact? Prepare to enter the workforce, become a leader in the planning profession, and impact your community. Through small classes and real-world projects, this two-year professional degree program equips you to solve complex issues in diverse communities.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates of geographic information science pursue opportunities in both the private and public sectors. Careers include:

  • cartographers and photogrammetrists
  • geographic information system technicians
  • geospatial information scientists and technologists
  • location analysts
  • mapping technicians
  • remote sensing scientists and technologists

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Cartographer (Map Maker)

  • Growth: 5.0%
  • Median Salary*: $71,890

Data Scientist

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: $103,500
  Bright Outlook

Forest Ranger

  • Growth: 14.8%
  • Median Salary*: $48,110
  Bright Outlook

Geodetic Surveyor

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: $63,080

Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)

  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: $88,900

Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)

  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: $98,740
  Bright Outlook

Geospatial Intelligence Analyst

  • Growth: 2.1%
  • Median Salary*: $107,970

Intelligence Officer

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: $86,280

Traffic Analyst

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: $50,050

Urban Planner

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: $79,540

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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