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Geography: Geographic Information Science

Program(s) Available: B.A.S., B.S., Minor, Cert

A major in geography with an emphasis in geographic information science (GIS) is perfect for those interested in spatial technology, urban planning, precision agriculture, remote sensing and cartography. If any of this interests you, keep reading!

Why Study Geography: Geographic Information Science at Northwest

Not everyone is born with the gift of spatial awareness, but the GIS industry is a growing field! The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates surveying and mapping job opportunities will increase by 4% in the coming decade.

Northwest also recently entered into a partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) that provides students with profession-based experience while increasing NGA map production capability to meet national security challenges. This also opens doors for Bearcats to obtain internship and employment experience!

Students have access to incredible resources and tools, such as the computer labs in Garrett-Strong Science Building. These labs house the latest versions of industry-standard GIS software to ensure students are competitive in the job market. Field trips also provide opportunities to learn about GPS technologies outside the classroom.

Transfer students, we have a program for you, too! If you're completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in geographic information systems is available.

A minor in geospacial technology is also available. This 24-credit-program teaches students the foundations of computers and information technology, maps and map interpretation, basic application programming, computer programming, database applications and database systems. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog.

Career Opportunities

  • GIS technician
  • GIS analyst
  • Farming entrepreneur
  • Mapping and cartography technician
  • Precision agriculture

What Can I Do With a Major in Geography: Geographic Information Science?

Student Organizations

GeoClub offers academic and social opportunities for students studying Earth science, geology and geography. This club sponsors various activities such as: 

  • Field trips to geologically and geographically important areas in the United States
  • Trips to the Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show
  • Setting up educational displays at the Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show, B.D. Owens Library and Garrett-Strong Science Building
Student Organizations

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Research Opportunities

Faculty-led research provides an opportunity for students to produce original research with the goal of publishing their work. This is available for students showing interest in furthering their education. 

Research Opportunities
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