GIS Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

GIS degrees are often earned by those wishing to work as geographic information systems technicians. These professionals work in a variety of fields, such as civil engineering, and use both mapping and geographic skills to graphically represent pieces of land.

How to Select a GIS School

Applying to a GIS (geographical information system) school assumes the student understands the basics of mapping and cartography, as well as computer technology. Students can choose a school in a few ways.

Consider the following also when looking for GIS schools:

  • The first option would be finding a program dedicated to GIS, though these aren't widely available
  • The second would be to find a geography or cartography program at a university or college and then minor in a technical field like management information systems or take elective courses in GIS software.
  • Because this program combines geographic and mapping knowledge with computer skills, students may want to verify the availability of certain software application at the school.

10 Schools with GIS Programs

College/University Institution Type
Arizona State University 4-year, Public
Ohio State University - Main Campus 4-year, Public
University of Florida 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin 4-year, Public
Houston Community College 2-year, Public
Texas A&M University 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 4-year, Public
University of South Florida - Main Campus 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus 4-year, Public

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