BS in Geospatial Information Sciences - FAQs

Who should pursue a BS in GIScience?

This degree is designed for someone who wishes to understand the logical, mathematical, and technological foundations for compiling and analyzing spatial data. Graduates will be skilled in solving geospatial problems, enabling them to move into professional roles handling the geospatial needs of typical corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations. They will not only be skilled in the use of common GIScience software systems, but also will understand the underlying principles upon which software systems are based. This will allow them to transfer their knowledge from one software system to another, to expand the capabilities of these systems, and most importantly, to view geospatial problems as issues that can be solved by applying basic theories, techniques and methodologies.

What concentrations of study are available within the BS in GIScience program?

Within the framework of our BS GIS degree we offer two concentrations: one in Geography and one in GeoComputation/GeoVisualization. The plans differ in the 15 credit hours of upper division courses required for the major, but both provide the opportunity to pursue a wide range of careers requiring an understanding of spatial distribution patterns and the analysis of locationbased data.

How long does the BS in GIScience program take to complete?

This program normally takes four years to complete. The first two years are devoted to fulfilling general university-wide degree requirements, while in the last two years the students take specialized classes in GIS and/or geography.

What job opportunities are available for graduates of the BS in GIScience program?

Recent graduates of the program have jobs in the public, private, and academic sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the occupational title as "Geospatial Information Scientists & Technologists" (SOC Code 15-1199.04). In addition, The GIS Certification Institute furnishes a job network (http://www.gisci.org/Employers/JobNetPostaPosition.aspx) that can be consulted for listings of current job advertisements.

What are the steps to apply for admission into the BS in GIScience program?

To apply for admission to the BS GIS degree program, please go to http://www.utdallas.edu/enroll/apply/guide.php.

When are the important application deadlines?

Admission is possible for US residents until the first day of classes but you are strongly urged to begin the process earlier using the calendar of deadline dates available at http://www.utdallas.edu/student/registrar/calendar/.

What special requirements are there for international students?

Special information for international students is available at http://www.utdallas.edu/enroll/apply/ifstart.php. Questions unique to international students also can be sent by e-mail to: [email protected] or by calling International Student Services at 972-883-4189.

How much are the tuitions and fees?

A BS requires 120 credit hours. For further information, consult http://www.utdallas.edu/bursar/tuition/tables/.

Are scholarships and other financial aid available?

See the UTDallas Financial Aid page for detailed information about scholarships available to undergraduate students: http://www.utdallas.edu/enroll/financialaid/.

Also, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) homepage maintains a list of scholarships just for EPPS students: http://www.utdallas.edu/epps/resources/scholarships.html.

Note that the cost of living in Dallas is one of the lowest of any major metropolitan area in the US

Are other degree programs available?

At UT Dallas, we also offer a "Fast Track" option toward a Master of Science (MS) degree in GIS for those undergraduate students who can demonstrate proficiency and commitment to studies in GIS by achieving a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Undergraduate students who are admitted to the Fast Track program may take a maximum of 15 specified semester hours of approved graduate courses from the MS GIS degree plan during their senior year. These graduate hours may be used to complete the bachelor's degree and to satisfy requirements for the master's degree. This makes it possible to achieve both the bachelors and the master's degrees within a five year period.

To learn more about the Fast Track option, contact your EPPS graduate adviser to complete an application form. Students must apply prior to the final 30 credit hours of work for their bachelor's degree.