Geographic Information Science (GISci) refers to the many branches of geospatial science and technology including Cartography, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems. The use of GISci has become increasingly popular in the U.S workplace.
To meet these needs, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has developed two continuing education options in GISci, leveraging more than 30 years of experience in teaching cartography and geospatial sciences.
Since 2010, UW-River Falls has offered a certificate in GISc and now also provides the option of a Bachelor of Applied Science in GISci. The new degree provides a way for individuals who have associate's degrees in geographic information sciences or a related area to continue their education, obtain a bachelor's degree and improve their career options.
The curriculum includes 30 credits of university general education courses and 30 credits of core courses in GISci. Applicants who bring in fewer than 60 college credits from a previous degree plan will need to take additional courses.
Credit will be awarded for college-level course work completed at accredited institutions. While general education credits are generally accepted from two-year colleges, this new program makes it possible for students to receive university credit for technical and work specific courses as well. For more information on how your college credits will transfer to UW-River Falls, visit the Transfer Credit Policy web page or contact the Admissions transfer officer.
GEOG 250 Introduction to Cartography and GIS 3 cr.
GEOG 351 Map Design 3 cr.
GEOG 360 GIS: Theory and Methods 3 cr.
GEOG 365 Quantitative Techniques for Geographers 3 cr.
GEOG 368 Geoprocessing Techniques 3 cr.
GEOG 401 Senior Colloquium in Geography 3 cr.
Intermediate Directed Electives: 3-6 cr. hrs.
Advanced Directed Electives: 3-6 cr. hrs.
Electives: 3-9 cr. hrs.
Students complete three required courses and two elective courses that focus on your chosen area of specialization in GISci. In addition to finishing the coursework, students submit a final professional portfolio, complete an exit interview, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 upon completion of the program.
Choose any two courses from the following
GEOG 351 Map Design - 3 cr.
GEOG 365 Quantitative Techniques for Geographers - 3 cr.
GEOG 366 Field Methods and GPS - 3 cr.
GEOG 368 Digital Image Processing - 3 cr.
GEOG 455 Advanced Map Design - 3 cr.
Degree students will pay $300 per credit plus campus fees for classes, regardless of where they live. Certificate students will pay the tuition rate based on their residency, as provided on the Accounts Receivable web site.
To begin their program, students must apply for study at UWRF as an undergraduate transfer student for the degree program and as a nondegree/special undergraduate student for the certificate program. Apply online.
In addition to these requirements, those individuals applying for the bachelor of applied science degree must also have: