Lake Superior State University

Applied Geographic Information Science: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The Applied Geographic Information Science program is an applied program where students complete 62 credits in core courses in geographical information science (GIS), natural and social science, and computer science and also complete 15 credits in an area of concentration where they choose to focus the application of their GIS skills. Areas of concentration include geography, ecology, emergency preparedness, marketing, geology, environmental science, loss control, natural resources, public administration, recreation management, social science, programming development, and operations research. All students in this program are also required to complete a senior thesis research project where they apply their GIS skills to solve real world problems.



Degree Requirements


Geographic Information Science Core (22 credits):

  • BIOL126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photography, cr. 2
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS and GPS, cr. 3
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS, cr. 2
  • EVRN325 Geospatial Analysis, cr. 3
  • EVRN345 Advanced Spatial Analysis and Statistics, cr. 4
  • EVRN355 GIS Programming and Applications, cr. 4
  • EVRN465 Geographic Databases and Web Based GIS, cr. 4

Natural, Social, Diversity, and Computer Science Core (37 credits minimum):

  • ECON202 Microeconomics, cr. 3
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography, cr. 4
  • GEOG306 Cultural Geography, cr. 4
  • NSCI102 Introduction to Geology, cr. 4
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science, cr. 3
  • NSCI104 Environmental Science Laboratory, cr. 1
  • RECS362 Land Management, cr. 3
  • SOCY102 Social Problems, cr. 3
  • EVRN395 Junior Seminar or equivalent, cr. 1
  • EVRN495 Senior Project, cr.2
  • EVRN499 Senior Seminar, cr. 1
  • INTD399 Internship in Department, cr. 4

Select one from the following (3-5 credits):

Computer Science Cognate (3 credits min):

  • CSCI105 Introduction to Computer Programming, cr. 3 or
  • 
  • CSCI211 Database Applications, cr. 3

Support Courses (13 credits):

  • ENGL306 Technical Writing, cr. 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra, cr. 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Science, cr. 4
  • Statistics - select one course from (depending on concentration): 
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods  or
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics or
  • PSYC210 Statistics or
  • CJUS345 Statistics and Design for Public Safety

Select one concentration (15 credits minimum):

Ecology Concentration*

Emergency Preparedness Concentration

  • CJUS102 Police Process, cr. 3
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science, cr. 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials, cr. 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics and Strategy, cr. 3
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management, cr. 4
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management, cr. 3

Environmental Science Concentration

  • BIOL337 General Ecology, cr. 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics, cr. 3
  • BIOL285 Principles of Epidemiology, cr. 3
  • EVRN311 Environmental Law, cr. 3
  • EVRN313 Solid and Hazardous Waste, cr. 3

Geography Concentration

  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography cr. 4
  • GEOG302 Economic Geography, cr. 4
  • GEOG Electives (200 level or above), cr. 7

Geology Concentration

  • GEOL122 Physical and Historical Geology II, cr. 4
  • GEOL218 Structural Geology and Tectonics, cr. 5
  • GEOL223 Mineralogy and Petrology, cr. 5
  • GEOL380 Introduction to Field Geology, cr. 3

Loss Control Concentration

  • CJUS212 Loss Control, cr. 3
  • CJUS306 Security Systems, cr. 3
  • Select six hours from:
    • CJUS202 Canadian Criminal Law, cr. 3
    • CJUS319 Substantive Criminal Law, cr. 3
    • CJUS406 Advanced Canadian Jurisprudence, cr. 3
    • CJUS409 Procedural Criminal Law, cr. 3
  • Select nine hours from:
    • CSCI101 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications, cr. 3
    • MGMT360 Management Concepts and Applications, cr. 3
    • MGMT365 Human Resource Management, cr. 3
    • MGMT451 Labor Law, cr. 4
    • MRKT281 Marketing Principles and Strategy, cr. 3

Marketing Concentration

  • MGMT375 Introduction to Supply Chain Management, cr. 3
  • MRKT281 Marketing Principles and Strategy, cr. 3
  • MRKT480 Marketing Research, cr. 3
  • MRKT300 Level or higher elective, cr. 3
  • MRKT300 Level or higher elective, cr. 3

Natural Resources Concentration

  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science, cr. 4
  • BIOL240 Natural History of the Vertebrates, cr. 3
  • BIOL284 Principles of Forest Conservation, cr. 4
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds, cr. 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics, cr. 3

Operations Research Concentration

  • MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics, cr. 3
  • MATH351 Graph Theory, cr. 3
  • MATH401 Mathematical Modeling, cr. 3
  • MGMT375 Introduction to Supply Chain Management, cr. 3
  • Plus one course at the 200 level or higher selected from: ECON, MGMT, FINC, MATH, OR CSCI, cr.3

Programming and Development Concentration

  • CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development, cr. 3
  • CSCI121 Principles of Programming, cr. 3
  • CSCI221 Computer Networks, cr. 3
  • CSCI312 File and Database Management, cr.3
  • CSCI333 Systems Programming

Public Administration Concentration

  • ECON305 Public Finance, cr. 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics, cr. 3
  • POLI201 Introduction to Public Administration, cr. 3
  • POLI301 Policy Analysis and Evaluation, cr. 4
  • POLI401 Principles of Public Administration, cr. 4

Recreation Management Concentration

  • RECS101 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services, cr. 3
  • RECS262 Outdoor Recreation, cr. 3
  • RECS295 Practicum, cr. 2
  • RECS365 Expedition Management, cr. 3
  • RECS300 Level or higher elective, cr. 4

Social Science Concentration

  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology, cr. 3
  • SOCY202 Social Research Methods, cr. 3
  • SOCY227 Population and Ecology, cr. 3
  • SOCY311 Contemporary Sociological Theory, cr. 3
  • SOCY314 Social Change, cr. 3


General Education: 
All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


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