Bachelor of Science

Geographic Information Science

University Catalog - 2017-2018 - Geographic Information Science Program, BS

Program Information

Four-year Degree Plan

Two-year Course Rotation

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a unique campus on the Gulf coast. We offer the only combined geomatics and GIS focused Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science in the nation that is also accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Our Geographic Information Science program is one of the top degrees in the industry.

Our program appeals to students who

  • Enjoy working with advanced technology
  • Want to travel and see the world while getting paid a professional salary
  • Would like to work outside one day and with computers the next
  • Want to build the next generation of mapping technology

General Checklist for New Students
How to Register for Courses (video)
Online Courses Policies and Forms

 

Student Data Tables

Table of graduation data for the School

Table of enrollment in Geographic Information Science

 

Note: Online courses are occasionally offered at the discretion of the Program.


ABET Accreditation of Undergraduate Geographic Information Science Degree

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of peer review that simply assures that a program or institution meets established quality standards by requiring an educational institution or program to meet certain, defined standards or criteria. Accreditation is sometimes confused with certification. In general, institutions and programs are accredited, and individuals are certified. The Geographic Information Science BS Degree Program is Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and comply with the “Program Criteria for Survey, Geomatics and Similarly Named Applied Science Programs.”  Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi's Geographic Information Science program is the only Texas University with an accredited GIS and Geomatics degree program.

Student Outcomes

We have determined several outcomes that you will achieve in your classes in GISc. You might not cover each in every course, but our goal is to meet each outcome listed. Program outcomes are narrow statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in the course of the program.

  1. an ability to practice professional services in mathematics, science, and applied sciences
  2. an ability to practice professional services in design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to practice professional services to formulate or design a system, process, or geospatial software programming to meet desired needs
  4. an ability to practice professional services to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to practice professional services to identify and solve applied science problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to practice professional services to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
  9. an ability to practice professional services with a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. an ability to practice professional services with a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to practice professional services to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice
  12. an ability to practice professional services in boundary and/or land surveying
  13. an ability to practice professional services in mapping
  14. an ability to practice professional services in geospatial information systems
  15. an ability to practice professional services in photogrammetry and remote sensing
  16. an ability to practice professional services in geodesy
  17. an ability to practice professional services in geospatial software programming

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.

  1. Geographic Information Science program graduates will demonstrate growth and advancement in the surveying profession or geospatial sciences.
  2. All Students are capable of continuing paths towards graduate studies and/or employment in the fields of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems.
  3. All Students are prepared to become Registered Professional Land Surveyors but not all graduates will choose this option.

Assessment

Our goal is to provide the highest quality education. We strive to meet our outcomes and objectives. We will conduct a series of assessments to help us determine the quality. We use direct (test scores, SIT/RPLS scores, and capstone projects) and indirect (course assessments, alumni surveys, and exit interviews) to determine if we are meeting our goals. Our goal is that 50% of our students pass the SIT of first try and that 80% of our graduates meet our objectives. If you have any comments that could be helpful in our assessment please contact the Program Coordinator.