Major in Geospatial Analysis

Starting in Fall 2022, UMW will offer a new major in Geospatial Analysis! Students will specialize in GIS, Geographic Information Science, while taking courses in core geographic concepts that help them develop a good spatial understanding in their areas of interest. This program leads to the B.A. degree in Geography.

Students may add the Certificate in Geographic Information Science by completing a GISC Capstone. They will be well-placed to enter the 4+1 Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis program!

Core Requirements (15 credits):

  • GISC 200 or GEOG 250 Introduction to GIS (4)
  • GEOG 102 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
  • GEOG 111 Landform Processes (4)
  • GISC 351 Spatial Analysis (4)

Foundation (3 credits) choose one:

  • DATA 101 Introduction to Data Science
  • CPSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science
  • GEOG 325 Quantitative Methods in Geography

Breadth Requirements (9-10 credits): Take one course from each of the 3 areas of specialization, at least one being at 300-level.

Society & Politics Culture Environment
231: Introduction to Planning 101: World Regional Geography 110: Weather & Climate w/lab
236: Globalization & Local Development 221: Geography of Eastern North America 240: Hazards & Resilience
237: Cities 222: Geography of Western North America 241: Biogeography
331: Race & Place in America 301: Geography of Latin America & Caribbean 245: Environment & Society
332: Migration Politics 304: Geography of Middle East 325: Dynamic Climatology
333: Planning Seminar 335: Sacred Spaces 326: Glacial Geomorphology
337: Nature of Cities* 339: Development Studies 327: Climate Change
338: Geopolitics 361: Grassroots Development in Guatemala 337: Nature of Cities*

*GEOG 337 may be counted in one area of specialization only.

Upper Level Geography Requirement (3 credits):

  • One upper-level thematic geography course (GEOG 301-339)

Upper Level GIS Requirements (8 credits):

  • GISC 340 Remote Sensing & Air Photo Interpretation
  • GISC 355 Mobile GIS & GPS
  • GISC 450 GIS Programming
  • GISC 471 Special Topics
  • GISC 482 Web GIS: Concepts and Applications

Capstone (3 credits): GEOG 490 Senior Seminar in Geography