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Lake Superior State University

Applied Geographic Information Science: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The Applied Geographic Information Science program is an applied program where students complete 62 credits in core courses in geographical information science (GIS), natural and social science, and computer science and also complete 15 credits in an area of concentration where they choose to focus the application of their GIS skills. Areas of concentration include geography, ecology, emergency preparedness, marketing, geology, environmental science, loss control, natural resources, public administration, recreation management, social science, programming development, and operations research. All students in this program are also required to complete a senior thesis research project where they apply their GIS skills to solve real world problems.



Degree Requirements


Geographic Information Science Core:
(22 credits)

  • EVRN126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photography, cr. 2
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS and GPS, cr. 3
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS, cr. 2
  • EVRN325 Geospatial Analysis, cr. 3
  • EVRN345 Advanced Spatial Analysis and Statistics, cr. 4
  • EVRN355 GIS Programming and Applications, cr. 4
  • EVRN465 Geographic Databases and Web Based GIS, cr. 4

Natural and Social Science Core: (35 credits minimum)

  • ECON202 Microeconomics, cr. 3
  • GEOG106 Physical Geography: Landforms, cr. 4
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography, cr. 4
  • GEOG306 Cultural Geography, cr. 4
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science, cr. 3
  • NSCI104 Environmental Science Laboratory, cr. 1
  • RECS362 Land Management, cr. 3
  • SOCY102 Social Problems, cr. 3

Select one from the following: (3-5 credits)

Computer Science Cognate, cr. 3

  • CSCI105 Introduction to Computer Programming, cr. 3
  • CSCI211 Database Applications, cr. 3

Junior and Senior Thesis and Internships:
(7-9 credits)

  • EVRN395 Junior Seminar or equivalent, cr. 1
  • EVRN495 Senior Project, cr. 1-3
  • EVRN499 Senior Seminar, cr. 1
  • INTD399 Internship in Department , cr.4

Select one concentration: (15 credits minimum)
Ecology Concentration*

Emergency Preparedness Concentration

  • CJUS102 Police Process, cr. 3
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science, cr. 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials, cr. 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics and Strategy, cr. 3
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management, cr. 4
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management, cr. 3

Environmental Science Concentration

  • BIOL337 General Ecology, cr. 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics, cr. 3
  • BIOL285 Principles of Epidemiology, cr. 3
  • EVRN311 Environmental Law, cr. 3
  • EVRN313 Solid and Hazardous Waste, cr. 3

Geography Concentration

  • GEOG108 Physical Geology: Meteorology and Climatology, cr. 4
  • GEOG302 Economic Geography, cr. 4
  • GEOG Electives (200 level or above), cr. 7

Geology Concentration

  • GEOL122 Physical and Historical Geology II, cr. 4
  • GEOL218 Structural Geology and Tectonics, cr. 5
  • GEOL223 Mineralogy and Petrology, cr. 5
  • GEOL380 Introduction to Field Geology, cr. 3

Loss Control Concentration

  • CJUS212 Loss Control, cr. 3
  • CJUS306 Security Systems, cr. 3
  • Select six hours from:
    • CJUS202 Canadian Criminal Law, cr. 3
    • CJUS319 Substantive Criminal Law, cr. 3
    • CJUS406 Advanced Canadian Jurisprudence, cr. 3
    • CJUS409 Procedural Criminal Law, cr. 3
  • Select nine hours from:
    • CSCI101 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications, cr. 3
    • MGMT360 Management Concepts and Applications, cr. 3
    • MGMT365 Human Resource Management, cr. 3
    • MGMT451 Labor Law, cr. 4
    • MRKT281 Marketing Principles and Strategy, cr. 3

Marketing Concentration

  • MGMT375 Introduction to Supply Chain Management, cr. 3
  • MRKT281 Marketing Principles and Strategy, cr. 3
  • MRKT480 Marketing Research, cr. 3
  • MRKT300 Level or higher elective, cr. 3
  • MRKT300 Level or higher elective, cr. 3

Natural Resources Concentration

  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science, cr. 4
  • BIOL240 Natural History of the Vertebrates, cr. 3
  • BIOL284 Principles of Forest Conservation, cr. 4
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds, cr. 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics, cr. 3

Operations Research Concentration

  • MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics, cr. 3
  • MATH351 Graph Theory, cr. 3
  • MATH401 Mathematical Modeling, cr. 3
  • MGMT375 Introduction to Supply Chain Management, cr. 3
  • Plus one course at the 200 level or higher selected from: ECON, MGMT, FINC, MATH, OR CSCI, cr.3

Programming and Development Concentration

  • CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development, cr. 3
  • CSCI121 Principles of Programming, cr. 3
  • CSCI221 Computer Networks, cr. 3
  • CSCI312 File and Database Management, cr.3
  • CSCI333 Systems Programming

Public Administration Concentration

  • ECON305 Public Finance, cr. 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics, cr. 3
  • POLI201 Introduction to Public Administration, cr. 3
  • POLI301 Policy Analysis and Evaluation, cr. 4
  • POLI401 Principles of Public Administration, cr. 4

Recreation Management Concentration

  • RECS101 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services, cr. 3
  • RECS262 Outdoor Recreation, cr. 3
  • RECS295 Practicum, cr. 2
  • RECS365 Expedition Management, cr. 3
  • RECS300 Level or higher elective, cr. 4

Social Science Concentration

  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology, cr. 3
  • SOCY202 Social Research Methods, cr. 3
  • SOCY227 Population and Ecology, cr. 3
  • SOCY311 Contemporary Sociological Theory, cr. 3
  • SOCY314 Social Change, cr. 3

Support Courses

  • ENGL306 Technical Writing, cr. 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra, cr. 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Science, cr. 4
  • Statistics select one course from (depending on concentration): (3 credits)
    • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods
      or
    • BUSN211 Business Statistics
      or
    • PSYC210 Statistics
      or
    • CJUS345 Statistics and Design for Public Safety

General Education (16-17 credits)

  • COMM101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication, cr. 3
  • ENGL110 First Year Composition I, cr. 3
  • ENGL111 First Year Composition II, cr. 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I, cr. 4
  • HUMN Elective, cr. 3-4

Free Electives to total 124 credits


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.