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Department of Geography
Dean Hall 301
(509) 963-1188

Geographic Information Science (B.S.)

The GIScience specialization provides students with a suite of skills to process, analyze, and interpret geospatial data. Geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (the analysis of the Earth and its social and natural patterns using satellite data), air photo interpretation, cartography, and quantitative methods are central to much of the work being done in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This specialization provides instruction in the use and application of these tools, with particular emphasis on solving real-world problems. This specialization provides a focused curriculum that amplifies the career prospects of students interested in this fast-growing area of the economy or pursuing graduate studies in geographic analysis and techniques.


In addition to the 25-credit hour Geography core, students pursuing this specialization must complete a 30-credit GIScience core which includes courses in GIS, air photo interpretation, remote sensing, and quantitative methods. Advanced GIS serves as the culminating experience for the specialization. Students have the flexibility to choose among additional electives to achieve the overall required minimum of 85-87 credits.

To learn more about the specific requirements for this specialization, see the guidelines. For course descriptions, please refer to the current course catalog.

A GIS Certificate is also offered by the department.


Students who complete the Geographic Information Science specialization can look forward to careers at the forefront of one of the most dynamic areas of the economy. Our students work in the geosciences industry in firms ranging from giants like Google to small, nimble start-ups such as Bellevue-based Azimetry. As geospatial technologies continue to find new applications and to grow in popularity, the job outlook for graduates will remain bright.


For further information, contact Dr. Sterling Quinn, GIS Program Director, Department of Geography; (509) 963-1186;


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