Geographic Information Science

Bachelor of Science | College of Science and Health Professions
Edinboro University

Be at the forefront of an emerging technology field: Geographic Information Science.

New career opportunities in GIS are emerging every day. In fact, it’s one of the top 10 growth professions in the U.S. Think about the person who takes pictures for Google Earth. Or maps out the routes for self-driving cars. Or helps plot out the most efficient way to deliver packages. These are the jobs of the future, but you can prepare today with a degree in Geographic Information Science.

While you’re at Edinboro, you’ll follow a curriculum that blends geography, cartography, photogrammetry and computer science with core courses that teach critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll learn how to store, analyze and display geographic data. And you’ll get hands-on experience from faculty who are at the top of their game. They will serve as mentors and guides, helping you select internships and field work that will enhance your career opportunities.

After graduation, you’ll have the skills you need to work in a wide array of industries, from private corporations to public utilities, law enforcement or the military.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Combine technology with geography in real-world scenarios.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in Geographic Information Science is projected to grow 19% from 2016-2026 - much faster than average for all other occupations.

Why choose Edinboro?

Our Department of Geosciences is one of the largest and most diverse in the region. Here, you’ll be held to high standards and will be well prepared to enter the global workforce or graduate school. Here’s what sets us apart:

Expert faculty, internationally recognized for their scholarly research.

Most technologically advanced laboratory environments in the region.

Internships with industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Network of successful alumni working in a variety of industries.

Where can this degree take you?

With a GIS degree, the sky (literally) is the limit. You may be analyzing satellite or drone images for a government agency. Or looking underground to determine the location of a broken water line for a municipal water authority. In the future, GIS specialists will be in demand in fields as diverse as:

Evironmental Science

Emergency response



Military and homeland security


Public utilities

Regional planning

"Our students have the opportunity for hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment, which gives them a competitive edge when they enter the job market."

Dr. Brian Zimmerman, Chair, Department of Geosciences


Dr. Brian Zimmerman, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.2529

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000