The goal of the Geoinformatics specialization is to provide students in the MSIS degree program with both the breadth and depth of knowledge in geoinformatics required for solving real-world problems. With an emphasis in geoinformatics, the graduates of this specialization in the MSIS degree program will gain the unique knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate the design, development, and deployment of complex systems and applications in a rapidly emerging geoinformatics profession. Graduates will be able to deploy and manage geoinformation systems in industry, conduct research in geotechnologies, and pursue PhD research in geoinformatics.
Students pursuing the MSIS degree in the Information Science and Technology Program would be eligible to specialize in the Geoinformatics track. Of the 36 credits required to obtain the MSIS degree, students interested in the Geoinformatics track must take 12 credits in geoinformatics or geoinformatics-related courses.
Courses and Electives
The course of study for the MSIS degree consists of a minimum of 36 credits. The 36 credits are to be distributed as follows:
3 credits in the Mathematical and Formal Foundations area
3 credits in the Cognitive Science area or Cognitive Systems area
- INFSCI 2300 Human Information Processing
- INFSCI 2130 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems (may be used to meet the Cognitive Science requirement, with permission of the advisor)
6 credits in the Systems and Technology area
- INFSCI 2500 Data Structures (required, unless equivalent undergraduate coursework has been completed)
- Chose from one of the following:
INFSCI 2540 Software Engineering, INFSCI 2550 Client-Server Systems, INFSCI 2560 Web Technologies and Standards, INFSCI 2591 Algorithm Design, INFSCI 2710 Database Management, INFSCI 2711 Advanced Topics in Database Management, INFSCI 2739 Web Services & Distributed Computing, INFSCI 2780 Interactive Graphics, TELCOM 2000 Introduction to Telecommunications
12 credits in the Geoinformatics area
- Students typically take either INFSCI 2801 Introduction to GIS; INFSCI 2802 Mobile GIS and location-based services; INFSCI 2460 Spatial Reasoning for GIS; and INFSCI 2809 Advanced Topics in GIS. However, with permission of the advisor, three credits can be taken from other departments, such as, Civil Engineering, Geology, or Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
A maximum 12 credits in Electives
- These credits can be met by any course listed in the previous categories or any other remaining course in the Information Science Program. Electives will be chosen to meet the individual needs of the student.
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