Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES | Department of Computer Science | Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) | NDU

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The mission of the Geographic Information System (GIS) program is to educate students in the principles and practices of computing with focus on geospatial knowledge and applications. The program prepares students for graduate school and careers in geospatial or IT-related fields.


Program Educational Objectives

  1. 1.To prepare GIS graduates to effectively use their geospatial knowledge as a research tool, a decision-making tool, data analysis tool, and/or as a planning tool in large varieties of disciplines.
  2. 2.To prepare GIS graduates for professional careers in GIS and remote sensing in roles including, but not limited to: application development, data production and data analysis.
  3. 3.To equip GIS graduates with the knowledge and skills to conduct advanced studies and research in remote sensing, environmental studies, geomatics and related disciplines.
  4. 4.To prepare GIS graduates with the communication and interpersonal skills to function and communicate effectively individually and within multidisciplinary teams.
  5. 5.To prepare graduates to identify and analyze legal, ethical and social concerns associated with the GIS fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

All graduates will:

  1. 1.Demonstrate a good practical background in computing, mathematics and statistics with a focus on geospatial knowledge and applications.
  2. 2.Demonstrate strong knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts upon which the GIS technology is built.
  3. 3.Demonstrate problematic solving skills through spatial thinking and analysis.
  4. 4.Produce cartographic maps.
  5. 5.Demonstrate proficiency in remote sensing and show competence in performing related analysis.
  6. 6.Demonstrate programming competence using modern programming languages
  7. 7.Demonstrate good knowledge of computer networking concepts and show a good practical experience in the usage of technology within the GIS environment.
  8. 8.Demonstrate proficiency in database management system and show experience creating geographic databases.
  9. 9.Design and implement a substantial GIS project.
  10. 10.Recognize the need for, and demonstrate an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
  11. 11.Demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences and to function effectively on multidisciplinary teams to accomplish a common goal.
  12. 12.Demonstrate their understanding of professional, ethical, legal and social issues and responsibilities.
  13. 13.Demonstrate their ability to engage in a graduate program in remote sensing, environmental studies, geomatics and related disciplines.


Admission Requirements

All first-year applicants must complete the Admission Requirements.



Liberal Arts Curriculum (27cr.)

Free Electives (6cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (15cr.)
CSC 201 Introduction to Computers (LAC) 3 cr.
CSC 216 Computer Programming I 3 cr.
GIS 211 Principles of Geographical Information Sciences  3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore English Rhetoric (LAC) 3 cr.
STA 210 Applied Statistics for Business and Economics 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year I (15cr.)
CSC 217 Computer Programming II 3 cr.
CSC 226 Database Programming for Business 3 cr.
GIS 311 Desktop GIS 3 cr.
ENL 230 English in the Workplace (LAC) 3 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (15cr.)
GIS 321 Spatial Analysis and Modeling 3 cr.
GIS 352 Theories of Remote Sensing 3 cr.
MAT 215 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
CEN 250 Surveying 2 cr.
CEN 251 Field Surveying 1 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Spring Semester Year II (15cr.)
CSC Major Elective 3 cr.
CSC 446 Applied Database Systems 3 cr.
GIS 331 Implementations of GIS 3 cr.
GIS 452 Advanced Remote Sensing 3 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Summer Session Year II (1cr.)
CSC 480 Internship 1 cr.
Fall Semester Year III (15cr.)
CSC 417 Advanced Programming Technologies 3 cr.
CSC 435 Operating Systems and Networks 3 cr.
GIS 441 Cartography, Geodessy and GPS 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Spring Semester Year III (15cr.)
GIS 490 Senior Project 3 cr.
CSC Major Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.


Total 91 Credits
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