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B.A. IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

Geographic Information Science (GIScience), the interface between geography and computer technology is a professional need within the United States and internationally. GIS positions are available in the private sector and in all levels of government, municipal, state, and federal. A “Geographic Information System Specialist” utilizes information technology including mapping and database software, and integrates critical thinking for solid decision-making.

The Geographic Information Science program at Cheyney University is founded on a ten-course core emphasizing spatial analysis skills in an applied setting. Each course introduces new concepts and allows students to work in a GIS laboratory. By exposing students to analytical and statistical techniques, with a variety of software programs and technological environments, the GIScience program will enable students to apply skills in an array of professional positions. The program adopts a project-oriented approach. Students will benefit from group work in several courses. GIScience incorporates programming, database management, aerial photograph interpretation, computer system administration, and cartography to capture and manipulate geographic or spatical data.

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences manages a computer laboratory with 15 PCs running ArcGIS 9.2 in a Windows XP operating environment. Students use ArcView and several Arc extensions including Spatial Analyst and ArcIMS for classroom exercises. The lab operates a HP 2500C professional quality color printer, a HP 815mfp large format plotter and scanner, Trimble GeoXH GPS receivers and processing software.

General Education Credits……………………….. 51 cr.

Core Major Courses

  • RGE 111, World Geography…………..…….......... 3
  • RGE 258, GIS in Critical Thinking………..…........... 3
  • RGE 241, Fundamentals of GIS I……..……........... 3
  • RGE 242, Fundamentals of GIS I Lab……............. 1
  • RGE 341, Fundamentals of GIS II…………............ 3
  • RGE 342, Fundamentals of GIS II Lab………........ 1
  • RGE 351, Geospatial Data Models…………........ 3
  • RGE 416, Intro to Cartography…………….…....... 3
  • RGE 410, GIS Applications. in Social Science, or
  • RGE 411, Environmental Conservation……....... 3
  • RGE 461, GIS Application Develop…………........ 3
  • RGE 471, GIS Practicum I…………………….......... 3

Total Core Major Courses…………………………… 29 cr.

Major Electives

  • RGE___ Upper Level Geography………………….. 3
  • RGE___ Upper Level Geography………………….. 3
  • RPO___ Upper Level Political Science……………. 3
  • RPS 331 or RSO 326 Statistics………………………... 3
  • RPS 332 Statistics 2……………………………………. 3
  • CIS/MAT Computer Science or Math…………….. 3
  • CIS/MAT Computer Science or Math…………….. 3
  • CIS/MAT Computer Science or Math…………….. 3
  • ______ Application Technology………………….. 3
  • ______ Application Technology………………….. 3

Total Major Electives……………………………….. 30 cr.

Free Elective…………………………..................... 10 cr.

Total Credits Required GIScience………..……… 120

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

RGE 111 World Geography (3) (Global Studies Course). The relationship of people to their physical and cultural environment. Climate, landforms, vegetation, water and soil, and selected phases of economic activity are emphasized.

RGE 241 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems I (3) (Information Literacy Course). This course presents the basic concepts of geographic data management using geographic information systems. It introduces spatial data handling procedures, provides an overview of the uses of GIS and the major GIS application areas. A 1-credit laboratory to be taken concurrently accompanies this course.

RGE 242 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems Lab I (1) (Information Literacy Course). The course addresses fundamentals of geographic information science, projections, coordinate systems and the visual representation of spatial information, spatial data and basic spatial analysis and modeling. Students are instructed in the operations of a commercial desktop GIS (ArcGIS) which will include the display of data, operations on data tables, basic relational database operations and data capture.

RGE 258 GIS – Geographic Information Systems and Critical Thinking (3) (Writing Intensive Course, Information Literacy Course). This course focuses on applying critical thinking skills to geography and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial data interpretation. GIS enables digital storage and processing of spatial data, which permits more people to create new maps with new perspectives easily and rapidly. Each map carries its creator’s perspective and a specific objective.

RGE 341 Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems II (3) (Information Literacy Course). This course covers processes of creating spatial data, and attribute entry into tables and continues presentation of spatial analysis techniques in addition to those covered in GIS Fundamentals I. Grid and raster operations, as well as network applications will be covered in detail. A 1-credit laboratory to be taken concurrently accompanies this course. Prerequisite: RGE 241.

RGE 342 Fundamentals of GIS Lab II (1) (Information Literacy Course). This course covers the processes of creating spatial data, and entering attribute data and continues presentation of spatial analysis techniques. Grid and raster operations, as well as network applications using Arcview’s Spatial Analysis, Network Analyst and ArcGIS.

RGE 351 Geospatial Data Models (3). This course covers the principles of database systems, object-oriented approaches to spatial entity modeling and data modeling. It provides the students with a working knowledge of entity-relationship data modeling. The course must also cover the evolution of the geo-relational data model and its subsequent evolution to the object-oriented data models of ArcGIS. Prerequisite: RGE 241.

RGE 410 GIS Applications in Social Science (3) (Writing Intensive Course). This course covers some typical GIS uses in urban planning and management applications. This course will emphasize problem definition, data identification, appropriate methodology, interpretation of results, and final problem write-up. Prerequisite: RGE 351.

RGE 416 Introduction to Cartography (3) (Information Literacy Course). The compilation, understanding, and use of maps, and to a lesser degree, aerial photographs. This course develops the ability to complete maps and diagrams for the illustration of place location, aerial distribution, and statistical data.

RGE 461 GIS Application Development (3). Students will use this course to integrate and apply material learned throughout the GIScience curriculum. Students need to work independently or in small teams to define a research problem and conduct geographic analysis. Results will be presented to the class.

RGE 471 GIS Practicum Required (3). The practicum is an internship offering students an opportunity to gain practical experience with a local business or government agency actively using GIS in daily operations. The student will be involved in functional maintenance, creation and/or operation of the business/agency GIS.

RGE 472 GIS Practicum Elective (3). The practicum is an internship offering students an opportunity to gain practical experience with a local business or government agency actively using GIS in daily operations. The student will be involved in functional maintenance, creation and/or operation of the business/agency GIS