Geographic Information Science (BS)

The Ohio State University Department of Geography is ranked 5th in the U.S. and is internationally renowned. Ohio State is among the nation's premier institutions in the development of geospatial technologies and is a leader in the fields of cartography, spatial analysis and geographic information technology.

The Department of Geography offers two different degree options for students interested in GIS: a BS in Geographic Information Science and a BS in Geography with a specialization in Spatial Analysis.


Students graduating from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in geographic information science will be prepared to find employment in areas such as resource management, spatial database development and management, environmental planning, transportation planning, software development, cartography, conservation, urban planning and spatial decision support services. Graduates will also be competitive applicants for graduate schools.

courses you might take:

GEOG 5200: Cartography and Map Design

A study of the cartographic techniques of map compilation and presentation including generalization, symbolization, reproduction and simple computer mapping with an emphasis on thematic mapping.

GEOG 5201: Computer Cartography and Geographical Visualization

Examination of theory, techniques, and applications of computer-based interactive mapping and visualization.

GEOG 5223: Design and Implementation of GIS

Practice-oriented development, design, implementation and evaluation of spatial databases, with an emphasis on local problems.

CSE 2122: Data Structures Using C++

Introduction to programming in C++ and object-oriented programming; encapsulation using classes, inheritance, etc.

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