The University of Colorado undergraduate major in geography with a concentration in geographic information science requires 45 credits. The flow of geography courses is shown in Figure 6.1 and descriptions of the courses are given in Table A.11 in Appendix A. The term “required” indicates which courses satisfy prerequisites in the flow. For example, GEOG 3023 (Statistics for Earth Sciences) is prerequisite to GEOG 4103 (Introduction to GIS) and GEOG 4203 (Advanced Quantitative Methods). Core skills covered in these classes include the understanding of maps, scale, geodesy and map projections, cartographic transformations, georectification, and coordinate systems. More advanced classes cover map analysis, image analysis and interpretation, the representation of geographical objects and fields, spatial modeling, and statistics. The classes require students to download, merge, and process imagery and map data, and to create new versions and interpretations to suit a particular goal.
FIGURE 6.1 Course of study at the University of Colorado, Boulder, for an undergraduate degree in geography with a concentration in geographic information science. GEOG 2053 (dashed box) is optional.