Geospatial Information Science

Geospatial Information Science

Degree requirements:

Geospatial Information Science, BS

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Geospatial Information Science (GISci) is increasingly viewed as an attractive career pathway. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than 200,000 Americans routinely use geospatial information within their jobs. As geospatial specialists, you will use spatial data for problem solving that can’t be done with traditional maps and charts.The GISci program is for students who have a strong mathematics background and analytical skills. 

With a GISci major, you have access to two state-of-the-art GIS labs to support your studies, providing you with a specialized course of study involving geospatial technologies such as GIS, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and remote sensing. The Department’s international outreach efforts tied to geospatial technologies include a training partnership involving faculty and students in Vietnam and a multi-year project aimed at rebuilding Iraq’s GISci infrastructure. 

Courses to expect for this major include Digital Tools in Environmental Exploration, Spatial Analysis, and Remote Sensing.

Career Options

A student who earns a B.S. in GISci degree at OSU will be well-versed in general GISci knowledge and will have competency utilizing GISci hardware and software for the planning, development, and maintenance of spatial and nonspatial databases. More important, students who complete the B.S. degree will have higher order skills involving the analysis of geospatial data, and will be capable of communicating findings with larger audiences. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

  • Geospatial Scientist
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Administrator
  • GIS Application Developer
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Cartographer

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist you in an eight semester plan guiding you to graduate within four years. You may use this as a guide to plan your undergraduate education, but you should adjust it to fit your personal goals.

BS - Geospatial Information Science


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts and Sciences, and respective Departments.

When you complete the OSU admission application, you are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Geography Department offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

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Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078