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What is Geographic Information Science?

Geographic information science (GIS) majors address how geographic information systems and remote sensing are used for gathering, analyzing and visualizing all forms of geographically referenced information. Students use data to map, model, and analyze various problems related to geography and meteorology. Integrating computer technologies, people, and location, students reveal spatial relationships, patterns and trends in maps that lead to better decision making in dozens of professional fields. The nature of the degree allows for flexibility, as students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in GIS. 

Do my interests fit?

GIS students typically have interests in:

  • Earth
  • Creating maps
  • Project design/management
  • Gathering & processing spatial data
  • Computer science
  • Problem solving

High school preparation should include math, science and computer courses, especially Earth and physical sciences.

How can OU GIS help me?

The Mission of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences is to provide a world-class academic experience that promotes innovation and research, leading to advanced education and exciting careers in geography, environmental sustainability, meteorology, climate, geographic information science, and global environmental concerns. Students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability are provided an interdisciplinary approach to complex environmental, economic and social issues, with advanced technology available at their fingertips. Graduates of this program lead efforts in research, decision-making, and policies that drive efforts in geographic information systems across the globe.

What courses will I take?

GIS courses may include:

  • Introduction to Spatial Thinking
  • The Language of maps
  • Introduction to Geohumanities
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • GIS Applications
  • Geography of the U.S.
  • Interpreting Society & Environment
  • Research Methods
  • Spatial Programming
  • Spatial Statistics

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs GIS students can be a part of. Check them out:

GIS Analyst, Muskogee Creek Nation, Okmulgee, OK
GIS Analyst II, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City, OK
IT Analyst II, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

How can I study abroad?

GIS students have the opportunity to study abroad through a variety of programs:

What kind of career could I pursue?

GIS Specialist/Technician
GIS Analyst or Developer
Mapping Analyst
GIS Database Analyst
GIS Applications Developer
Environmental Scientist
Geospatial Analyst
Natural Resource Analyst
GIS Database Specialist or Developer
Web GIS Developer

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 


Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Phone: (405) 325-5325

Email: geography@ags.ou.edu

Website: ags.ou.edu