Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences

Geospatial information sciences (GISc) harness groundbreaking technologies to analyze features of the Earth's surface in new and novel ways that make location and interaction key to our understanding. GISc graduates will master technologies that not only guide us to our destinations but also help us manage our environments.

Recent technological innovations have greatly enhanced our ability to collect and analyze information regarding the Earth's surface and to combine data with other types of economic, social and environmental information. These technologies include geographic information systems (GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite-based remote sensing. They penetrate virtually every aspect of our lives, from digital maps in cars to the maintenance of city infrastructure, regional agriculture and forest lands.

GIS has revolutionized traditional disciplines such as geography and inspired scientists from a broad range of fields to combine efforts on leading-edge research.

Careers in Geospatial Information Sciences

GIS graduates will encounter a wide variety of career options, as businesses and governments race to take advantage of technological advances. If they wish to enter the public sector, they may work in areas such as public administration and policy analysis; public safety, criminology and emergency preparedness management; environmental management; or urban, regional, social service and transportation planning. Businesses also recruit GISc graduates, especially those focused on marketing; global logistics and real estate; resource exploration (including petroleum) and others.

Students who graduate with a BS also may move on to graduate school, perhaps entering UT Dallas’ highly regarded MS or PhD geospatial programs.

The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their career. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.

Geospatial Information Sciences at UT Dallas

The general BS degree requires 120 hours to graduate: 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum, 42 hours from the major, 15 hours of prescribed electives and 21 hours of free electives.


UT Dallas undergraduates who meet the requirements for admission to graduate school and have at least a 3.50 UT Dallas cumulative GPA should consider the Fast-Track option. Fast-Track allows students to take up to 15 credit hours of graduate courses their senior year that can be applied toward both their bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Students who successfully complete the Fast-Track requirements are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before entering the master's program.

The University of Texas at Dallas

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS)

Every new generation inherits a world more complex than that of its forefathers, which prompts a need for new thinking about public policies that impact people's daily lives. In the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) we examine the implications of innovation and change for individuals and communities.

As an undergraduate in EPPS, you will have the chance to work with professors who are probing issues that will affect your future. You will develop the vital skills you need to thrive in a rapidly evolving, highly competitive job market. EPPS will prepare you for careers in government, nonprofits and the private sector that enable you to make a real difference in the world of today and tomorrow.

Consider the following example of exciting work under way in EPPS. One of the most complex issues of our time is the question of how to improve public education. Researchers from a variety of disciplines within EPPS are going beyond policy-makers' opinions and collaborating to examine hard data and measure efficiency. Their research could help improve educational practice and enhance our children's ability to compete in a dynamic society.

EPPS is at the forefront of leadership, ethics and innovation in the public and nonprofit sectors. Our students and faculty look forward to new opportunities to study and address the complex and evolving issues of the future.

Research informs much of the instruction. The school has seven centers of excellence:

  • Center for Crime and Justice Studies
  • Center for Global Collective Action
  • Center for the Study of Texas Politics
  • Institute of Public Affairs
  • Institute for Urban Policy Research
  • Texas Schools Project
  • The Negotiations Center

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, political science, public affairs, sociology

Master of Science: Applied sociology, criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, justice administration and leadership

Master of Arts: Political science, political science-constitutional law studies, political science-legislative studies

Master of Public Affairs: Public affairs

Master of Public Policy: Public policy

Doctor of Philosophy: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, political science, public affairs, public policy and political economy

Graduate Certificates

EPPS offers the following graduate certificates, which generally can be completed in one year of part-time evening classes:

Economic and Demographic Data Analysis: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the acquisition of general and specific academic skills related to evidence-based analysis.

Geographic Information Systems (GISc): a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the application of GIS in government, private sector and scientific areas.

Geospatial Intelligence: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the application of geospatial ideas and techniques to national security and other intelligence activity.

Local Government Management: a 15-hour graduate certificate for students who desire to broaden their knowledge of important issues and approaches employed by professional local public administrators.

Nonprofit Management: a 15-hour graduate certificate designed to provide an overview of the nature and context of nonprofit organizations and develop competencies needed by nonprofit managers.

Program Evaluation: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the design and implementation of program evaluations in fields such as education, healthcare, human services, criminal justice and economic development.

Remote Sensing: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on remote sensing and digital image processing.

Contact Information

EPPS Advising
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road GR 31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Office of Admission and Enrollment Services
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Phone: 972-883-2270 or 1-800-889-2443