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A Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Systems and Computer Science (GIS+CS) enables understanding of geospatial processes as well as process-based/algorithmic approaches to problem solving.
The changing nature of geospatial data (e.g. location-based data) and associated analytical methods (e.g. machine learning) requires professionals who can blend these two approaches – i.e. develop processes and algorithms while understanding the larger context within which they occur.
The GIS+CS degree provides this blend but also offers two tracks – Computer Science (CS) or Information Technology (IT). The CS Track focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence. The IT Track focuses on construction, maintenance and management of computational infrastructure and IT project management.
Graduates can expect to find jobs as GIS Engineers, GIS Systems Analysts, GIS Solutions Engineers, and GIS Application Programmers. Such positions typically tend to be part of IT/GIS departments in federal/state/local governments, real estate, logistics, retail, defense, infrastructure, energy, among others.