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Geographic Information Systems - GIS, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cortland, NY, United States
Prepare to strategically solve real-world problems and come up with cutting-edge solutions through a combination of technology and business skills. On this Geographic Information Systems - GIS program offered at the Suny Cortland you’ll learn the nature of geographic data while recognizing the appropriate applications of GIS technology to solve spatial issues.
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Upon successful completion of this Geographic Information Systems - GIS program from Suny Cortland, students will be able to:

  • Study the world from a spatial perspective and be able to identify problems resulting from that study.
  • Design and apply appropriate methodologies which investigate some of those problems.
  • Suggest problems and hypothesize solutions to the problems with the use of statistical, methodological and theoretical tools.
  • Develop the skills necessary to gather relevant information, evaluate it critically, and communicate it effectively.
  • Define the five themes of Geography (place, location, region, movement, human-environment interaction) and apply this knowledge globally (national learning objective).  Students will be able to:
  • Locate and analyze the spatial patterns and features of major landforms, bodies of water, climate and vegetation regions
  • Explain interactions between natural and human systems within the earth's environment
  • Locate and analyze major features of human activity on the earth, such as urban centers, agricultural regions, political divisions and patterns of development
  • Organize the earth's surface into logical regions at different scales, such as neighborhoods, metropolitan areas, regions of the US and other recognized regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, the Pacific Rim, etc.
  • Use the techniques of geography and GIS to cartographically represent spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena
  • Spatially analyze numerical data and communicate their meaning and context

Career Potential

  • Environmental GIS specialist
  • Land use planner
  • Marketing and business geographics consultant
  • Law enforcement analyst
  • Transportation planner
  • Emergency response planner

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis, so decisions may occur prior to the deadlines. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Physical Geography 
  • Cultural Geography
  • Human Geography and Global Development
  • Geographical Analysis 
  • Seminar in Geography 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

All admissions applications are individually reviewed. Decisions are based on criteria such as academic performance in the classroom, class rank, extracurricular activities, personal statements and recommendations. Application materials include the following:

  • The Common Application or the SUNY Application
  • Official transcript or results from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). If you have prior military service, Discharge papers.
  • SUNY Supplemental Form (if you submitted the SUNY Application)
  • Personal statement or essay (at least 250 words)
  • At lease one recommendation from a teacher or college counselor using the Teacher/Counselor Evaluation Form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7070 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cortland

  • 874 - 1910 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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