Apr 22, 2024  
2022-2023 General Catalog 

Geospatial Science (B.S.)

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Program Summary

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geospatial Science program provides students with the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and abilities that integrate the physical and social sciences through its study of the interconnections between people, places, and environments using a uniquely spatial perspective. The Geospatial Science program highlights the importance of location and place (i.e., context) that exists at the intersection of contemporary social, economic, and environmental issues, while providing the flexibility for students to focus on their interests. The Geospatial Science program allows students to develop a valuable set of spatial reasoning and spatial analysis skills using a wide array of geospatial technologies (e.g., GIS, GPS, cartography, and remote sensing) that will prepare graduates to succeed in a wide variety of careers in public and private sectors. The program also provides students a foundation upon which to pursue advanced education in Geospatial Science or a closely related field of study.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better to be counted in the major.
  • Some of the requirements fulfilled at other institutions may transfer to SUU and count toward the major with the approval of the Department Chair.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours, including the capstone project, must be completed at SUU.
  • Some courses are taught every other year or as needed. Consult your Student Success Advisor for scheduling help.
  • Courses may not be repeated more than two (2) times without instructor approval.
  • Credits over 10 years old may not be accepted for use in the major.

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Geospatial Science Curriculum (52 Credits)

Geospatial Science Foundation Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following (either can be used toward the General Education Social & Behavioral Science requirement):

Geospatial Science Electives (18 Credits)

Select 18 credits from the following:


** These courses require additional prerequisites not listed in the program requirements or electives.

Free Electives (33-47 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.S. Degree: 120

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