Bachelor of Science
Geographic Information Science
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a unique campus on the Gulf coast. As of Fall 2010, we offer three options with the Bachelors of Science Degree:
- Geographic Information Systems
- GISC 5-year combined Bachelors and Master degree program (new!)
We offer the only combined geomatics and GIS focused Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science in the nation that is also accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
As of Fall 2014, all of the GISC courses required for the Bachelor of Science Degree will be offered online as well as in person. Read our description and policies for online courses.
Our Geographic Information Systems program is one of the top degrees in the industry. We offer Hydrographic Surveying Courses and have research and job opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our program appeals to students who
- Enjoy working with advanced technology
- Want to travel and see the world while getting paid a professional salary
- Would like to work outside one day and with computers the next
- Want to build the next generation of mapping technology
ABET Accreditation of Undergraduate Geographic Information Science Degree
Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of peer review that simply assures that a program or institution meets established quality standards by requiring an educational institution or program to meet certain, defined standards or criteria. Accreditation is sometimes confused with certification. In general, institutions and programs are accredited, and individuals are certified. The Geographic Information Science BS Degree Program is Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and comply with the “Program Criteria for Survey, Geomatics and Similarly Named Applied Science Programs.” Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi's Geographic Information Science program is the only Texas University with an accredited GIS and Geomatics degree program.
We have determined several outcomes that you will achieve in your classes in GISc. You might not cover each in every course, but our goal is to meet each outcome listed.Program outcomes are narrow statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in the course of the program.
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
- a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice
- boundary and/or land surveying
- geospatial information systems
- photogrammetry and remote sensing
Program Educational Objectives
Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.
- Geographic Information Science program graduates will demonstrate growth and advancement in the surveying profession or geospatial sciences.
- All Students are capable of continuing paths towards graduate studies and/or employment in the fields of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems.
- All Students are prepared to become Registered Professional Land Surveyors but not all graduates will choose this option.
Our goal is to provide the highest quality education. We strive to meet our outcomes and objectives. We will conduct a series of assessments to help us determine the quality. We use direct (test scores, SIT/RPLS scores, and capstone projects) and indirect (course assessments, alumni surveys, and exit interviews) to determine if we are meeting our goals. Our goal is that 50% of our students pass the SIT of first try and that 80% of our graduates meet our objectives. If you have any comments that could be helpful in our assessment please contact the Program Coordinator.