Project Description


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The M.S. in Geoscience with a focus in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is intended to enhance students’ expertise in the discipline of Geography as well as the use of GIS as an analytical tool.

The science of Geography is the all-encompassing study of the planet upon which we live. Contrary to common public perception, it is not just the study of where things are, but rather the study of how those things came to be there in the first place, and how they have changed and will change over time. This study accounts for both the influences of nature (Physical Geography) and humans (Human Geography). Through this understanding, Geospatial scientists can employ GIS to manage, analyze and model these spatial relationships, and predict the future form and location of these phenomena.

This degree leads to a specialization in Geographic Information Sciences, which empower geographers to both map, analyze and model the spatial patterns associated with both aforementioned sub-disciplines. Students will be afforded the opportunity to employ a variety of interdisciplinary methods including field work, remote sensing, programming, and mathematical modeling to assess the spatial patterns of humans, animals, and plants in nature and the dynamics of their interactions.


The department offers a thesis and non-thesis option for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Geosciences, but only the non-thesis option is available as a fully online program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, applicants for the master’s degree in the Department of Geosciences must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university;
  2. Have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work attempted;
  3. Have obtained a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 146 or higher on the verbal portion and 144 or higher on the quantitative portion. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted;
  4. Receive the recommendation of the department faculty.
  5. International students whose native language is not English must score at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, at least 61 on the computer-based test or an IELTS band score of at least 6.0.

General Degree Requirements

  1. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout their graduate program. Failure to do so will subject the student to dismissal from the program.
  2. Students must achieve a grade of at least “C+” in order for a course to be counted as part of the minimum credits toward the degree.

 Course Requirements

All courses must be taken at the 5000 level or higher. No more than 3 credits of directed independent study (such as GEO 6908 or GLY 6908) may be used to fulfill the minimum credits. A minimum of 24 credits should be taken from the Geosciences curriculum.

Core Courses:  7 credits

Take all of the following:

Course # Course Title Credits
GEO 6118 Research in the Geosciences 3
GEA 6277 Human-Environmental Interactions 3
GEO 6920 Geosciences Colloquium Series 1


Geographic Information Science Focus Area: 12 Credits

Only the Geographic Information Science Focus area is available fully online. Students must take a minimum of 12 credits from within this focus area beyond the required core courses.

Course # Course Title Credits
GIS 5038C Remote Sensing of the Environment* 3
GIS 5033C Digital Image Analysis* 3
GIS 5051C Principles of GIS 3
GIS 5103C Programming in GIS 3
GIS 6032C LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications 3
GIS 6127 Hyperspectral Remote Sensing 3
GIS 6306 Spatial Data Analysis 3


Electives: 15 Credits
Non-thesis students must take 15 credits of electives. Courses from any Geosciences focus area may be used as electives. Up to 6 credits can be taken from cognate areas approved by the student’s advisor.

Course # Course Title Credits
GEO 5305 Biogeography 3
GEO 6908 Direct Independent Study 3

Sample Careers:

Geoscience graduates are employed in a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Furthermore, the job prospects for Geography majors is bright.


Employers include:

  • Local and national governments
  • the military
  • police departments
  • private companies
  • environmental consultancies
  • environmental protection agencies
  • utility companies
  • charities
  • information systems organizations

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Degree Details
College College of Science
Degree type MS
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $369.82
- Out of State (FL) $1,024.81
Credits needed to graduate 34
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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