The Bachelor of Science in Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis is a blend of both education and training designed to produce graduates with skills that meet the needs of employers in the Geospatial Technology field with little or no further training by employers. The Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis (AESA) degree is composed of a focused curriculum built on a firm foundation in science. The educational base for this degree is made up of four components seamlessly integrated with a core of GIS. The components of Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing (RS), and Information Technology (IT) combine to make up the field of Geospatial Technology. The fourth component is environmental science with a focus on water resources.
Complete all GSC general institutional admissions requirements.
Declare a major in Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis. Students who have accumulated 60 credit hours or more must complete all required 1000- and 2000-level science and mathematics courses prior to declaring the AESA major.
Courses previously chosen to meet other requirements may not be used to meet elective requirements.
Program Completion Requirements
Successful completion of all courses required in the degree program (minimum 120 semester credits), including the lower division associate degree requirements.
Successful completion of a minimum of 42 general education credits according to the distribution established by the college (Areas A-E) for its Associate of Science degree program.
Successful completion of at least 39 credits of upper division coursework in the major (3000 and 4000 level courses with the GISC and ESCI prefix).
Grades of C or higher required for all major courses.
Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) required for graduation.
Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at GSC which must include all GISC courses.
For students with previous GIS course work, credit for GISC courses will be determined by placement testing.
Students entering the AESA Environmental Science Program in Fall 2011 or later will be required to successfully complete a senior thesis. A completed senior thesis will require approval by the thesis advisor and a second reader before it is sent to the IESA Executive Director for final approval. Upon final approval by the IESA Executive Director and completion of all other graduation requirements, a student becomes eligible for graduation with the B.S. AESA degree.
Meet all other college graduation policies.
Students that have previously completed a bachelor’s degree or higher should meet with the Director of the Institute of Environmental Spatial Analysis (IESA) to discuss the academic requirements for completing the AESA degree program. Students with a B.S. degree or higher may apply courses that are taken at another institution but not offered by GSC. Some of these courses may be substituted for courses in one of the concentrations. These substitute courses will be designated special topics courses on the GSC transcript. A maximum of 9 hours of course credit will be awarded in this fashion.
Students may be able to design a customized concentration to meet special educational goals. The title of this concentration will be the “Interdisciplinary Concentration”. This customized concentration will be developed with an advisor. All GISC and required science and math courses must still be completed.