M.S. in Geography with option in Cartography and GIS

Tracks: Those students choosing to pursue the option in CGIS may choose a thesis, professional paper, or non-thesis degree track (thesis and prof. paper tracks must include typically 3-6 credits of thesis hours that are in addition to the 34 credit minimum).

Required Core Courses

(5-11 credits, depending on Track)

Those students selecting the thesis and professional paper tracks are required to complete the Geography core courses: GPHY 500-R2, GPHY 504 and GPHY 505, GPHY 520, plus a methods course. Those students selecting the non-thesis track are only required to complete GPHY 500-R2, and GPHY 520.  Note: all students must register for colloquium each fall they are still in residence.

The methods course is based on the student’s research and/or professional interests, such as quantitative methods (e.g., STAT 451 or STAT 452, GPHY 482, or SOCI 563), qualitative methods (e.g., SOCI 561, EVST 555, etc.), historical methods, survey methods (e.g., ECNS 486), GIS courses in Geography, advanced computer methods, etc.  The intent of the methods requirement is to provide students with a background in methodologies used for research and professional practice. Courses required for the option may not be used to meet this methods requirement. Electives, however, may be used.

GPHY 500(2)

GPHY 504(1)

GPHY 505(2)

GPHY 520(3)

Methods(3+)

Thesis

X

X

X

X

X

Prof. Paper

X

X

X

X

X

Non Thesis

X

 

 

X

 


Required Option Courses

(11 credits)

GPHY 487-3 Remote Sensing and Raster GIS
GPHY 489-1 Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 487)
GPHY 488-3 Thematic Cartography and GIS
GPHY 489-1 Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 488)
GPHY 580-3 Seminar in GIS and Cartography

Select one of the following two courses w. co-requisite lab (may take other course as elective; 4 credits)

GPHY 486-3 Transport, Planning, and GIS
GPHY 489-1 Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 486)
GPHY 468-3 Community and Regional Analysis
GPHY 469-1 Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 468)

Electives

(8-20 credits depending on Track; depending on Track, at least 3-10 credits must be at the 500 level)

GPHY 482-3 Spatial Analysis and GIS
GPY 485-3 Internet GIS
GPHY 489-1 Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 485)
GPHY 495-3 Digital Mapping & Design
GPHY 587-3 Digital Image Analysis and Modeling
GPHY 589-1 Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 587)
GPHY 588-3 Vector GIS
GPHY 589-1 Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 588)
GPHY 598-3 Internship
FOR 503-3 Predictive Distribution Modeling
FOR 551-4 Digital Image Processing
WBIO 562-3 Wildlife Habitat Modeling

Other electives may be chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Courses Taken Previously and Course Substitutions

Please see the program overview for courses previously taken. In general, professional training courses such as those offered by software companies may not be used to substitute for course requirements. Since GIS is so dependent on advances in technology, courses taken more than three years prior to beginning the program cannot generally be used to substitute for requirements (consult with advisor).