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Geography: Geographic Information Science Emphasis

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

Geographers study the spatial distribution of human activities and Earth’s physical properties. The GIS Concentration trains students in the use of GISci technologies, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, map making, geovisualization, and data analysis and research.  The program covers both the theory and proper applications of GISci tools. Students may focus the applications of these technologies to answer questions centered on resource mapping, human-environment relations, urban issues, or critical issues. Students may earn credit for internships pursued with private firms, public agencies, or NGOs. This degree prepares students to seek employment in this rapidly growing area.

Research Opportunities: 


Arizona State Museum: ASM houses AZSITE, Arizona’s official inventory of more than 100,000 archaeological and historical sites and historic standing structures. This internet-based geographic information system (GIS) is a nationally recognized model of best practices in cultural resource data management. AZSITE utilizes a hard-working core group of staff and students processing the data and building the website.

Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab: The Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, also known as the Chorover Lab, is a research-oriented facility that is designed for the analysis of major and trace elements in environmental matrices such as soil, sediment, biomass and water. This research and teaching program is designed to develop a better understanding of how these various components interact to influence environmental quality.

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Governance, Law, and Policy
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Urban Environment