Geographical Information Science Program

The Geographic Information Science and Geospatial Systems Engineering Programs at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi offer the premier Geomatics and GIS undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., and post-baccalaureate degrees in the United States. Our degree programs provide students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities required by today's highly competitive and highly paid geospatial job market.

The Geographic Information Science degree programs enable students to apply computing, physical science, and mathematical principles (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to design and build physical systems to model the Earth.  Our students are educated to gather geospatial data via remote sensing and land surveying then convert this data, along with other geospatial data resources, into manageable digital maps and databases for display and analysis.  A career in the geospatial industry is a student's opportunity to explore the world and utilize the latest computer technologies and sciences.  In addition to many careers in the geospatial industry, all graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination for Surveyor in Training (SIT) and, ultimately, Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS).

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Why Study GIS and Geomatics at TAMU-CC?

  • High paying jobsNearly all of our students have job offers well before completing their degree.  The average annual salaries for graduating students with less than a year of experience are approximately $43,000 for GIS Analysts and $52,000 for surveyors.  Past graduates with approximately five years of experience report an average salary of $65,000.
  • Preparation to join a fast-growing field.  The Geospatial field has been identified as the fastest growing industry in the United States by the Department of Labor. Our degree programs have graduated successful students who have joined this dynamic industry since 1998. Our students have successfully transitioned into graduate school, business ownership, professional licensure, and many leadership positions.
  • Graduates in Demand. The average age of Registered Professional Land Surveyors (RPLS) in Texas is 57 years old.  In fact, there are more RPLSs currently practicing that are over the age of 70 than there are practicing under the age of 40.  As the average age of the RPLS continues to increase, the need for young surveyors continues to be critical.
  • Accredited.  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers 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
  • Feedback from industry professionalsOur Undergraduate Degree Program has an Academic Advising Committee composed of members of the geospatial industry.  The Committee was established to provide a link between the professions and the Geographic Information Science program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  The Committee meets twice a year and offers ideas and input to further develop the GISc program, and make suggestions for a quality curriculum that will produce well-rounded, highly qualified graduates.
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Student Organization

Geographic Information Science Student Organization (GISSO)

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Geographic Information Science Student Organization (GISSO) is a student group composed of GISc and GSEN students. The goal of the group is to promote education in the fields of GIS and Surveying. Throughout the year, the students participate in fundraising and volunteer events. The group meets weekly at the Conrad Blucher Institute to discuss upcoming events and brainstorm ideas.

GISSO is a student chapter of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS).

GISSO List-Serv

The GISSO List-Serv is heavily used by students, faculty and alumni.  This list is primarily used for event announcements, job/internship announcements, meeting updates and University announcements.

To subscribe or manage your subscription to the list, please sign up:

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2019 GISSO Leadership:
President  - Heather Zavesky
Vice President - Jose Congo
Treasurer - Jensen DeGrande

Lambda Sigma

Lambda Sigma is an honor society for GISc students who meet the eligibility criteria. Members of Lambda Sigma must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Honorary Member Rules: General members provide recommendation with no less than three written recommendation letters to include specific reasons why this nominee contributed significantly to the areas set forth in Article II of the ByLaws. Board review recommendations and make motions to call for a vote to award by general membership 2/3 of of submitted votes. Award offered from the board.

Information for Applying

Prospective Students

Geographic Information Science and Geospatial Systems Engineering

Thank you for your interest in our degree programs. This page contains information helpful in completing your admissions application.

Please note that each degree program follows different application procedure, so make sure to select the correct link.

Undergraduate

The Geographic Information Science (GISc) Undergraduate Degree Program will prepare graduates for a variety of career paths related to the acquisition, analysis, and management of geospatial data and information. These career paths include education towards advanced degrees and employment in the field of Geomatics or the rapidly expanding field of Geographic Information Systems. Graduates will have met the educational requirements to become Registered Professional Land Surveyors in Texas. 

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Graduate

The Geospatial Systems Engineering Graduate Degree Program will provide students with knowledge and skills focusing on the research, design, development, and use of technologies in geospatial systems engineering. The program builds upon the ABET accredited undergraduate Geographic Information Science program (GISc) and the existing geographic information science concentration in the master’s program in computer science. The program satisfies the regional, state and national need for master’s-level graduates in geospatial systems design and surveying engineering. Due to the diversity of geospatial applications in industry, the 36 credit hour program is purposely designed to offer breadth in the course work.  To be considered for admission, all applicants must have a GRE Score on file with the Graduate Office, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 1.0 to 4.0 GPA scale.

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Post-Baccaluareate Certificate

The Post-Baccaluareate Certificates in Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems are designed for students who hold at least a bachelor's degree in fields other than Geographic Information Science. Students who obtain a Certificate in Geomatics will be eligible for the Surveyor in Training (SIT) and Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) board examinations. Students who obtain a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems will be versed in applications, software design, and analysis techniques vital for a career in the geospatial field.

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International Students

The Office of Admissions website provides important information for international students seeking to apply at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

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