Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF NATURAL & 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 program is to educate students in the principles and practices of computing with focus on geospatial knowledge and applications. Our 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 graduating GIS majors shall:

  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.

Graduation Requirements

To receive the degree of B.S. from the FNAS, a student must fulfill all requirements of the degree program, complete all required courses with a cumulative overall GPA of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 in both the core and major requirements, and clear all accounts with the University. Candidates for degrees are reminded that grades of “I” assigned during the last semester to courses required for graduation will result in delaying their graduation.


Liberal Arts Curriculum (27cr.)

Free Electives (6cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (15cr.)
CSC 201 Computers and Their Use (LAC) 3 cr.
CSC 216 Computer Programming I 3 cr.
GIS 211 Principles of  GIS 3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore English Rhetoric (LAC) 3 cr.
STA 210 Applied Statistics for Business & 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.
REG LAC 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (15cr.)
GIS 321 Spatial Analysis & 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.
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.
ARB 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 & Networks 3 cr.
GIS 441 Cartography, Geodessy and GPS 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year III (15cr.)
GIS 490 Senior Project 3 cr.
CSC Major Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.


Total 91 Credits
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