Geography - Master of Science (M.S.) - Cartography and GIS

Master of Science (M.S.) - Geography - Cartography and GIS

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Graduate Programs

Degree Specific Credits:

34 credits are required for the thesis and professional paper tracks.

40 credits are required for the non-thesis (portfolio) track. 

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

Notes/Description

  • For the M.S. Geography degree, students may select among the general degree option or an option in Cartography & GIS or in Community and Environmental Planning.

  • The M.S. degree in Geography with an Option in Cartography and GIS is appropriate for those whose work is focused on spatial mapping and analysis.  Beyond the core requirements specified for the General MS (≥10 credits), an additional 16 credits are required for the option (19 if the Methods course is not a GIS class), and electives as needed to complete the 34 to 40 credits for the degree.

  • Choices in the core and  elective credits will be selected in consultation with the graduate committee to support the research program and student's professional goals.  Coursework must be approved by the committee no later than the second semester in residence, but earlier if possible.  Per  Graduate School policy, at least 20 of the total credits must be taken within the major discipline; at least 20 of the total credits must be in coursework and at least half of the coursework credits (minimum 10 credits) must be at the 500 level or above; courses below the 400 level do not count towards the M.S. course requirements; and up to 10 of the 34 or 40 credits may be taken as thesis (GPHY 599).

Degree Tracks

For the M.S. degree, with or without option, students are required to complete one of the following tracks: 

  • Thesis track: Successfully complete and defend a thesis or one or more papers (i.e., articles) of publishable quality before an examining committee. 

  • Professional Paper track: Successfully complete and defend a professional paper or one or more papers (i.e., articles) of publishable quality before an examining committee. The difference between a thesis and a professional paper is that while the thesis is directed toward advances in the discipline, the professional paper may be directed toward advances in the profession. A professional paper may also consist of one or more papers of publishable quality intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. 

  • Non-thesis (Portfolio) track: Requires the successful completion of a portfolio and written and oral comprehensive examinations described in the addendum of the "PDF of Graduate Degree Requirements" downloadable through the link above. 

  • There is no minimum number of thesis credits that must be taken for any of the tracks.

Summary

Required Core Courses

≥10

Required Research Design Course

Required Methods Course

Required Option Courses

7

Option Elective Courses

≥9

Electives

≥4

Total Hours

≥34


Required Core Course

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

FORS 594

Graduate Seminar

2 (1 cr. per semester)

*GPHY 525, or GPHY 560, or GPHY 580

Advanced Physical Geography, or Seminar in Planning, or Seminar GIS & Cartography

3

*Or approved alternative

Complete one of the following research design courses:

GPHY 504 and GPHY 505

Research Design I and Research Design II

3 total

NRSM 500

Conservation and Social Science Methods

3

GEO 508

Fundamentals of Academic Research

3

WILD 540 and WILD 541

Research Design and Research Design Lab

4 total

Complete one methods course

**Quantitative methods

3

**Qualitative methods

3

**Historical or survey methods

3

**Advanced GIS or computer methods

3

**See the Geography Advising Guide for a list of suggested courses

Complete the following required option courses:

GPHY 487

Remote Sensing/Raster GIS

3

GPHY 488

Applications of GIS

3

GPHY 489

Cartography/GIS Laboratory

1

Complete 9 credits from the following option elective courses:

GPHY 468

Community & Regional Analysis

3

GPHY 469

Planning & Analysis Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 468)

1

GPHY 481

Advanced Digital Cartography

 3

GPHY 485

Internet GIS

3

GPHY 489

Cartography/GIS Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 485)

1

GPHY 587

Image Analysis & Modeling

3

GPHY 589

Cartography/GIS Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 587)

1

GPHY 588

Spatial Analysis & Modeling

3

GPHY 589

Cartography/GIS Laboratory (coreq with GPHY 588)

1

GPHY 598

Internship

1-9

FORS 505

Sampling Methods

3

FORS 551

Digital Image Processing

4

WILD 562

Wildlife Habitat Modeling

4

Electives

≥4

Total Hours

≥34

Minimum Required Grade: C