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Geospatial Science

Major / Minor Requirements

The Geospatial Science Department at Carthage offers majors in Geoscience and Geographic Information Science, and minors in Geoscience, Geographic Information Science, and Climatology and Meteorology.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.


Major in Geoscience

The Geoscience major consists of 40 credits. The core consists of 20 credits and is required of all students. Completion of the senior thesis is also required.

Required Core courses:

  • GEO 1210 Internet Mapping with Web GIS (4 credits) OR GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Science: Mapping Your World (4 credits)
  • GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 credits)
  • GEO 3900 Methods of Field Research (4 credits)
  • GEO 4000 Senior Seminar in Geospatial Science (4 credits)

All students must select two 1000- or 2000-level geoscience courses (8 cr.) from the following:

  • GEO 1700 Natural Disasters (4 credits)
  • GEO 1800 Great Lakes Basin (4 credits)
  • GEO 2450 Biogeography (4 credits)
  • GEO 2550 Meteorology (4 credits)
  • GEO 2950 Geomorphology (4 credits)

All students must select two 3000-level geoscience courses (8 cr.) from the following:

  • GEO 3200 Hydrology (4 credits)
  • GEO 3400 Forest Ecology (4 credits)
  • GEO 3700 Climatology (4 credits)
  • GEO 3800 Soil Science (4 credits)

In addition, all students must select two courses (8 cr.) in research techniques in Geospatial Science from the following:

  • GEO 1770 Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) in Geosciences (4 credits)
  • GEO 2610 Advanced Geographic Information Science and Analytical Cartography (4 credits)
  • GEO 2700 Satellite Image and Air Photo Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 3610 Applied Projects in Geographic Information Science (4 credits)

Major in Geographic Information Science (GIS)

The major in Geographic Information Science (GIS) allows students to focus on the techniques and practice of spatial data analysis and its practice within the larger field of information science. This particular major will be of value to students who intend to pursue a career in data analysis or pursue graduate degrees in the natural or social sciences. The core material highlights the theory and application of Geographic Information Science. The remaining courses offer background in programming, statistics, and other areas of information and computer science.

Core courses (take all):

  • GEO 1210 Internet Mapping with Web GIS (4 credits)
  • GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: Mapping Your World (4 credits)
  • GEO 1770 Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) in Geosciences (4 credits)
  • GEO 2610 Advanced Geographic Information Science and Analytical Cartography (4 credits)
  • GEO 2700 Satellite Image and Air Photo Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 3610 Applied Projects in Geographic Information Science (4 credits)
  • GEO 4000 Senior Seminar in Geospatial Science (4 credits)
  • CSC 1100 Introduction to Computing (4 credits)
  • CSC 1030 Data Science I (4 credits)
  • MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics (4 credits) OR BUS/ECN 2340 Applied Statistics for Management and Economics (4 credits)

In addition, all students must complete two elective courses (8 cr.) . These may be fulfilled by taking additional courses in the Geospatial Science Department, or by taking CSC 2810 Database Design and Management (4 cr.) plus 1 course (4 cr.) in the Geospatial Science Department. 


Minor in Geoscience

The Geoscience minor consists of 24 credits.

Required courses:

  • GEO 1210 Internet Mapping with Web GIS (4 credits) OR GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Science: Mapping Your World (4 credits)
  • GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 credits)

All students must select two 1000- or 2000-level geoscience courses (8 cr.) from the following:

  • GEO 1700 Natural Disasters (4 credits)
  • GEO 1800 Great Lakes Basin (4 credits)
  • GEO 1900 Geology of National Parks (4 credits)
  • GEO 2450 Biogeography (4 credits)
  • GEO 2550 Meteorology (4 credits)
  • GEO 2950 Geomorphology (4 credits)

All students must select one 3000-level geoscience course (4 cr.) from the following:

  • GEO 3200 Hydrology (4 credits)
  • GEO 3400 Forest Ecology (4 credits)
  • GEO 3700 Climatology (4 credits)
  • GEO 3800 Soil Science (4 credits)

In addition, all students must select one course (4 cr.) in research techniques in Geospatial Science from the following:

  • GEO 1770 Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) in Geosciences (4 credits)
  • GEO 2700 Satellite Image and Air Photo Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 3610 Applied Projects in Geographic Information Science (4 credits)
  • GEO 3900 Methods of Field Research (4 credits)

Minor in Geographic Information Science

The GIS minor consists of 24 credits.

Take all:

  • GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Science: Mapping Your World (4 credits)
  • GEO 2610 Advanced Geographic Information Science and Analytical Cartography (4 credits)
  • GEO 2700 Satellite Image and Air Photo Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 3610 Applied Projects in Geographic Information Science (4 credits)
  • CSC 1100 Introduction to Computing (4 credits)

Choose one:

  • GEO 1210 Internet Mapping with Web GIS (4 credits)
  • GEO 1770 Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) in Geosciences (4 credits)
  • CSC 1030 Data Science (4 credits)
  • CSC 2810 Database Design and Management (4 credits)

Minor in Climatology and Meteorology

This minor is designed for students interested in pursuing careers related to the study of weather and climate phenomena. This sequence of classes provides a firm foundation needed to pursue graduate studies in meteorology, climate, and the atmospheric sciences. Students should work closely with academic advisors in Geospatial Science when developing a full academic plan for this course of study.

Required Courses:

  • GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 credits)
  • GEO 2550 Meteorology (4 credits)
  • GEO 3700 Climatology (4 credits)
  • PHY 2200 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHY/GEO 4150 Science of Global Climate Change (4 credits)

All students completing the Meteorology and Climatology minor must select one course (4 cr.) from the following:

  • PHY 1200 Fundamental Physics (4 credits)
  • PHY 2100 Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHY 2200 General Physics I (4 credits)

In addition, all students completing the Meteorology and Climatology minor must select one course (4 cr.) from the following:

  • BIO 1011 Exploring Climate Change (4 credits)
  • GEO 2450 Biogeography (4 credits)

Honors in the Major

Honors are awarded at the discretion of the Geospatial Science Department faculty. Students are eligible for Honors in Geospatial Science if they have:

  • Completed all requirements for the major.
  • Received a rating of “excellent” on the Senior Thesis from the faculty of the major department.
  • Been formally recommended by the faculty of the Geospatial Science Department.
  • Maintained an overall GPA of 3.5 at graduation.

Please see department chair for details.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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