GIS Academic Programs & Courses

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At the undergraduate level, Kent State offers the BA, with a concentration in GIS, as well as a minor in GIS.  At the graduate level we offer an MA with a concentration in GIS, and the PhD where students can specialize and undertake original research.



The BA

The BA in Geography, with a GIS concentration, requires a total of 44 hours of designated geography coursework, as well as the university requirements (for a total of 121 hours).  Required courses are: World Geography, the Geography of US and Canada, Physical Geography and Lab, Mapping Our World, Statistical Methods in Geography, one regional geography course, and 21 hours of geography electives, 12 hours of which must be GIS designated courses.

The minor in GIS

The minor in GIS requires the completion of the courses below (appropriate specialized offerings may substitute pending approval by the coordinator).

  • MATH 11009: Modelling Algebra (4)
  • CS: 10061: Introduction to Computer Programming (3)
  • GEOG 29162: Mapping our World (3)
  • GEOG 49070: Geographic Information Science (4)
  • GEOG 49006: Spatial Programming (3)
  • GEOG 49080: Advanced GIS (3)
  • GEOG 49230: Remote Sensing (3)
Undergraduate GIS-Tagged Courses:
  • GEOG 29162: Mapping our World (3)
  • GEOG 46092: Internship in Geography and Planning (3-6)
  • GEOG 49006: Spatial Programming (3)
  • GEOG 49070: Geographic Information Science (4)
  • GEOG 49072: GIS and Health (3)
  • GEOG 49075: GIS: Urban and Economic Applications (3)
  • GEOG 49078: GIS and Hazards (3)
  • GEOG 49080: Advanced GIS (3)
  • GEOG 49082: CyberGIS (3)
  • GEOG 49085: Web and Mobile GIS (3)
  • GEOG 49162: Cartography and Geovisualization (3)
  • GEOG 49163: Cartography and Geovisualization Lab (1)
  • GEOG 49195: Special Topics in Geographic Information Sciences (3) (for example: Social Media and Computational Social Science)
  • GEOG 49230: Remote Sensing (3)
  • GEOG 48890: Applied Geography (3)



Most of the 40000 level courses above are also available at the Masters level and PhD level.  At the Masters level, students may concentrate in GIS by taking 2 or more advanced GIS-tagged courses.  In addition, Masters students must write a thesis.  

At the PhD level students may also enroll in Independent Research and design a program more tailored to their needs.  PhD students must also write a dissertation which is considered original research.