Geographic Information Science BS

Overview

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

The Geographic Information Science Program will prepare graduates with knowledge and skills for a variety of career paths related to the acquisition, analysis, and management of geospatial data and information. Career paths include education towards advanced degrees and employment in the fields of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems.

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 identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3.  An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

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.