BA in Geography-Anthropology, Specialization in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis
The Bachelor of Arts in Geography-Anthropology fuses Geography’s and Anthropology’s common interests in both applied field work and in the relationship between human populations and their environments, both natural and built. The combined program explores global issues through community engagement. Students learn the methodologies and “ways of knowing” of each discipline and integrate them in an interdisciplinary framework to foster their appreciation of their humanistic and scientific responsibilities as global citizens.
Our long history of and strong commitment to environmental and social knowledge, applied learning, and experiential education positions our students well for internships, graduate programs, and the workforce. Undergraduates are involved in our community-engaged teaching and research activities. The major is an interdisciplinary degree program. Students enrolled in the major may specialize in one of three tracks:
- Sustainable Cultures and Communities
- Cultural and Natural Heritage Management
- Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis
Upon graduation, students find employment in fields that involve archaeology work, cultural resource management, historic preservation, heritage and conservation management, museum, curation and archival work, education, environmental and land use management, community development work, non-profit advocacy, city and regional public service, tourism and recreation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related careers in federal, state, local government, and private sector industries.
We focus on developing strong analytical, writing, oral and technical skills and prepare our students to enter the workforce or for future graduate work. Courses emphasize both conceptual and applied learning. Students engage in case studies, community-engaged and client-based projects, and intensive field and lab analysis.
Students have the opportunity to design, develop, research and communicate professional level projects with faculty mentors. As a result of data collection in the field or analysis in our specialized learning laboratories, students also have the opportunity to engage in scholarship through publications and conference presentations, and often receive assistantships and fellowships funded by such organizations as the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Maine Space Grant Consortium.
The program of study beyond the basic requirements should be planned carefully, in close consultation with the student's program advisor, and should be approved by the latter. Such an arrangement allows for flexibility according to the student's interests while also providing close guidance and a control of educational quality by the Geography-Anthropology program.
Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Geospatial Analysis track is for those interested in developing theoretical and conceptual knowledge, and analytical and technical skills in GIS, remote sensing and geospatial analysis and engaged in workforce fields in federal, state and local government, and private sector industries including construction, engineering, energy, environmental & land use planning, utilities & transportation, real estate development and surveying.
All students with majors or specific discipline minors in the social sciences must achieve at least six credits with grades of B or better in the requirements of those majors or minors. No grades of D will be counted toward fulfillment of the major or minor requirements. Except for Independent Studies, no required course may be repeated more than one time.
All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting departmental requirements for the major, they must also meet the University's minimum readiness requirements and the Core curriculum requirements.
The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for this track is 39 credits.
Students who specialize in Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis track must take:
- GEO 105 or ANT 105 Society, Environment, and Change
- GEO 107 Maps and Math or
GEO 270 Mapping Environments and People: Data Visualization and Analysis
- GEO 370 Maps, Territory, Power
- MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics
Methods (12 credits):
- GEO 305/GEO 505/GEO 605 Remote Sensing
- GEO 308/GEO 508/GEO 608 GIS Applications I
- GEO 408/GEO 518/GEO 618 GIS Applications II
- GEO 340/GEO 540/GEO 640 Digital Mapping
Topical Electives (Select courses from the following list to total at least 12 credits. Select at least three credits from each of the groups below and at least 6 credits at or above 300 level):
- BUS 301 Business Analytics
- BUS 345 Information Technology/Management Information Systems
- BUS 377 Information Visualization
- COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java (3 cr.) and COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory (1 cr.)
- COS 184 Python Programming
- COS 246 Programming Topics: Programming Handhold Devices
- COS 246 Programming Topics: Web Mapping Systems
- COS 375 Web Applications Development
- COS 457 Database Systems
- LOS 318/LAC 318 Database Management
- ANT 204 Gulf of Maine: Archaeology, Ecology, and Environmental Change
- ANT 306 Analysis of Archaeological Materials
- ANT 308/ANT 508 Environmental Archaeology
- ANT 315/ANT 515 Ethnography: Methods, Ethics, and Practice
- ANT 360/ANT 560 Public Archaeology
- GEO 203 Urban & Regional Development
- GEO 204 Coastal and Marine Geography
- GEO 209 Introduction to Land Use Planning
- GEO 210 Planning Maine Communities: Current Issues & Directions
- GEO 303/GEO 503 Economic Geography
- GEO 304/504 Arctic and North Atlantic Regions
- GEO 445/GEO 545/GEO 645 Drone Mapping
- GEO 455/GEO 555 Gender, Race, and Class in the City
- GEO 481/GEO 581 Megacities and Global Planning Issues
- ESP 285 Global Environmental Issues and Sustainability
Capstone (3 credits minimum):
Any one of the following will count toward the capstone requirement:
- GEO 438/GEO 538/GEO 638 Independent Study in GIS
- GEO 448/GEO 548/GEO 648 GIS Internship
- GEO 458/GEO 558/GEO 658 Research Applications in GIS
- GYA 300 Archaeology Field School
- GYA 400 Independent Study in Anthropology or Geography, summer travel course, Study Abroad, or existing capstones.
Additionally, all Geography-Anthropology majors are required to demonstrate writing competence by completing either two research papers or one research paper and one research product (e.g., poster, media project) in the major with grades of C or better, from two different professors, at least one semester prior to graduation.
The maximum number of credits of internships, field experience, and/or independent studies that can be applied toward the major is nine hours. All students must meet with their advisors before registering for courses each semester.
For the best overall Financial Aid package, submit your USM application and complete your FAFSA by January 15. However, you can apply at any time. Undergraduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.