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 Curriculum & Course Information:

General Information: The GIS/RS Professional-M.S. program in the Department of Geology & Planetary Science is a multi-disciplinary, multi-departmental, non-research degree. Notionally, designed to be completed in two acardemic years (plus one summer), the program length can be changed to slightly shorter or longer depending on the student's work limitations. The required courses are centered in the Geology and Planetary Science Department and focus on GIS and RS core proficiencies. Students are also required to take at least one course in the Schools of Business, Law, and Information Sciences. A large degree of flexibility is designed into the 41-credit program so that the student can tailor his/her coursework to fit specific future career goals, personal interests, and time constraints of work/family life.


 First Semester:

Skill Sets: GIS and Remote Sensing fundamental principles & software use; communication proficiency; exposure to geospatial professionals

  • GEOL 2449: GIS, GPS, and Computer Methods
  • GEOL 2461: Remote Sensing
  • COMMRC 1102: Organizational Communication
  • GEOL 2015: Geology Colloquium    -- OR --
  • GEOL 2300: Professional-M.S. Seminar (when offered)

    Total Credits: 10

 Second Semester:

Skill Sets: advanced GIS/RS proficiency; introduction to computer programming

  • GEOL 2446: Advanced GIS Systems & Computer Methods
  • GEOL 3946: Advanced Programming Methods: Python, Advanced Model Builder
  • GEOL 2460: Applied Remote Sensing & GPS Techniques *

    Total Credits: 9

 Summer Semester:

Skill Sets: work experience utilizing geospatial analysis tools; compilation of digital dossier; oral/written presentation experience

 Third Semester:

Skill Sets: statistical data analysis; methodology of information science; introduction to business administration

 Fourth Semester:

Skill Sets: advanced GIS/RS proficiency; awareness of comparative law; personalized elective expertise; data mining & database management


* if not offered, student may substitute a Focused Elective Course this semeseter and take GEOL-2460 in the fourth semester in place of the FOCUSED ELECTIVE #2. See possible options.

** an appropriate equivalent course may be substituted depending on the career goals of the student. See possible options.

For more information, please email: Ms. Annemarie Vranesevic
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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19-Aug-2014 17:02:24 EDT