Geographic Information Systems Technology
Bachelor of Science
Gain professional experience with a STEM degree that prepares you for high-tech careers in government, business and non-profit organizations.
This bachelor’s degree program, offered by one of the top 10 geography schools in the nation, gives you the tools to map your own path. Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST) is on the rise in every industry, so you’ll have career options ranging from app developer to volcanologist.
Arizona’s program stands out from the pack via expert faculty who balance GIST fundamentals with key growth areas, allowing students to gain the experience needed to enter the high-tech workforce. This is achieved by emphasizing cutting-edge coursework in cartography, geo-visualization, web and mobile applications, and open source programming, all of which give you an edge over the competition. We also offer a strong remote sensing science component developed by top research faculty.
This undergraduate program focuses on professional GIS and applied GIS, which are vital for students looking to obtain a job right out of college. You’ll complete applied, project-based coursework and a senior capstone project tailored to you and the professional skills you want to build for your career. Arizona’s GIST programs are based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model, meaning you’ll have a clear path to your career as soon as you graduate.
The BS-GIST is a 120-credit hour bachelor’s degree program. Students take 14 classes in their major, training in GISystems and technologies, basic programming for GIS, and application of GIST to web and mobile environments.
GIST students will be using ESRI software, which requires a Windows-based computer. Check your computer's ability to run ArcGIS Pro 2.0.
Cost & Eligibility
Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.
- GIST 330: Remote Sensing Science - Learn the scientific fundamentals and applications of Remote Sensing. Topics introduce the electromagnetic spectrum and spectral characteristics for Earth observation, platforms and sensors for Remote Sensing, digitalization issues, multispectral and LiDAR image processing and enhancement, land-use and land-cover classifications (LULC), weather analysis, and change detection. The course also emphasizes integration issues and analysis techniques that arise when merging remotely sensed data with Geographic Information Systems.
In the BS-GIST program, we measure success in student job placement.
Emily Poppen - Student Spotlight
Arizona Online student Emily Poppen is making the desert safer by using geographic information systems technology (GIST) to map cellphone signals in the Tucson Mountains.
GIST Program Overview
The Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology provides a flexibility, versatile coursework that prepares students for careers in an variety of high-tech fields.