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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.

Core courses (take all):

  • GEO 1500 Human Geography: An Introduction (4 credits)
  • GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 credits)
  • GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Science: Mapping Your World (4 credits)
  • GEO 3300 Analytical Techniques in Geospatial Science (4 credits)
  • GEO 4000 Senior Seminar in Geospatial Science (4 credits)

Geoscience courses (choose one):

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

Research Techniques in Geospatial Science courses (choose one):

  • GEO 2610 Advanced Geographic Information Science and Analytical Cartography (4 credits)
  • GEO 2700 Satellite Image and Air Photo Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 3900 Methods of Field Research (4 credits)

The required Senior Thesis may be generated in conjunction with completion of GEO 4000. The remaining credit requirements may be fulfilled by taking elective courses in the Geospatial Science Department. Study tours will be approved to count toward the major on a course-by-course basis.


Major in Geographic Information Science (GIS)

The Geographic Information Science (GIS) major consists of 56 credits. The GIS major 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 1500 Human Geography: An Introduction (4 credits)
  • GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 credits)
  • GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: 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 3300 Analytical Techniques in Geospatial Science (4 credits)
  • GEO 4000 Senior Seminar in Geospatial Science (4 credits)
  • GEO 4600 Applied Projects in Geographic Information Science (4 credits)
  • CSC 1110 Principles of Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • CSC 1120 Principles of Computer Science II (4 credits)

Statistics Requirement (choose one):

  • MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics (4 credits)
  • BUS 2340 Applied Statistics for Management and Economics (4 credits)

Area Concentration Requirement:

Take three courses outside of the Geospatial Science Department. One course (4 credits) may be an internship. Series must be approved by your advisor.


Minor in Geoscience

The Geoscience minor consists of 24 credits.

Required courses (take all):

  • GEO 1500 Human Geography: An Introduction (4 credits)
  • GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 credits)
  • GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Science: Mapping Your World (4 credits)

Geoscience courses (choose one):

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

Research Techniques in Geospatial Science courses (choose one):

  • GEO 2610 Advanced Geographic Information Science and Analytical Cartology (4 credits)
  • GEO 2700 Satellite Image and Air Photo Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEO 3900 Methods of Field Research (4 credits)

Elective:

  • Choose one elective (4 credits) from Geospatial Science courses.

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)
  • CSC 1110 Principles of Computer Science I (4 credits)

Choose one:

  • MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics (4 credits)
  • BUS 2340 Applied Statistics for Management and Economics (4 credits)

Elective (choose one):

  • GEO 4600 Applied Projects in Geographic Information Science (4 credits)
  • CSC 3410 Database Design and Management (4 credits)

Minor in Climatology and Meteorology

The climatology and meteorology minor consists of 24 credits. 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 in the physics and geography needed to pursue graduate studies in meteorology, climate, and the atmospheric sciences. Because classes for the climatology and meteorology minor do have some prerequisites, students should work closely with academic advisors in Geospatial Science or Physics and Astronomy 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)

Choose One:

  • PHY 3300 Thermodynamics (4 credits)
  • PHY 3200 Mechanics (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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