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Geographic Information Systems
Geography & Earth Science Department
Shearer Hall
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA  17257
Phone: 717-477-1685

Site maintained by:
Scott Drzyzga
Email: sadrzy@ship.edu

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Our Programs

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have significant applicability within and beyond Geography and Earth Science. GIS is used frequently in computer science, archeology, biology, emergency management, sociology and criminal justice, and it is used to support a plethora of business-related activities. Accordingly, the Department of Geography & Earth Science now offers three GIS Programs at Ship.

The Geography/GIS Major (49+ credits) allows students to develop geographic knowledge and awareness, along with a broad array of highly marketable job skills. It is a rigorous and well-respected program, and our graduates secure great jobs.

The GIS Minor (18 credits) allows any non-major (i.e., not GEO) to develop knowledge and an array of skills using GIS and other geospatial technologies. The GIS Minor is an excellent complement to any major that focuses on people, money, resources, or the environment.

The GIS Certificate Program is a short program (12 credits) designed for students in any major who want a solid hands-on introduction to GIS and exposure to a range of applications.

Our Internship Program. All Geography/GIS majors are required to participate in our internship program, where they gain on-the-job experience and meet people working in thier field.

 

The Major

Click for a complete program guide and check sheet (PDF)

 

GIS Minor

3 Core courses

GEO202: GIS I
GEO363: GIS II
GEO420: GIS III

 

+ any 2 courses

GEO251: Cartography
GEO339: Remote sensing
GEO425: Image processing
GEO440: Field techniques
GEO441: Quantitative methods

 

+ any 1 course.

ESS210: Physical Geology
ESS220: Oceanography
GEO226: Hydrology
GEO230: Economic Geography
GEO244: Land Use
GEO301: Introduction to Biogeography
GEO310: Transportation Geography
GEO322: Urban Geography
GEO444: Environmental Land Use Planning

 

GIS
Certificate

2 core courses

GEO202: GIS I
GEO363: GIS II

 

 

+ any 2 electives.

GEO420: GIS III
GEO251: Cartography
GEO339: Remote sensing
GEO425: Image processing
GEO440: Field techniques
GEO441: Quantitative methods

 

Why three?

We offer three programs because every career field is recognizing the benefits of analyzing and visualizing data geographically, and because few people start early enough to double-major in GIS and {insert second major here}. So, three programs offers students some flexibility and a set of options for getting what they want.