Geographic Information Science (GIS) Major

The Bachelor’s in Geographic Information Science program is designed to serve students who wish to prepare for careers in the more technical aspects of applied geography, including the fields of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, computer cartography, city and/or regional planning, economic geography, resource utilization, and land use analysis.  
Primed for problem solvers and critical thinkers, this major in GIS is excellent preparation for the demands of the modern workforce and further graduate studies, leading to dynamic careers in applied geography, research, or teaching.

Time to Complete
4 years


Modality Offered
100% Online, some electives on campus


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Why the University of North Alabama?

UNA is well-known for its commitment to academic excellence, with our small classes, experiential learning initiatives, and passionate faculty mentoring and empowering students to make the most of their learning experience.  
On top of our university’s core setup and values, the Department of Geoscience is uniquely positioned as the only department with its very own alumni association. The UNA Geography Alumni Association (UNAGAA) has remained a crucial part of current and former students’ professional development since its creation in 2005.  

What can I do with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science?

The career possibilities with a Bachelor’s in Geography are more varied than you might think. Not exclusively limited to the STEM industries, geography majors can work in a wide array of occupations such as, but not limited to:

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Business marketer
  • Environmental compliance agent
  • Natural Resource manager
  • Agricultural manager
  • Tourism/Hospitality agent
  • GIS programmer
  • Geo data analyst
  • Remote sensing
  • Spatial data modeler
  • Project design
  • Crime analyst
  • Archeologist
  • Forester
  • Urban planner

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