Geographic Information Science (GISc) Master of Science

MS-GISc Program Description:

The MS-GISc program leads to a Master's of Science in GISc, and requires 40 credits of coursework. The curriculum of the MS-GISc program is comprised of three key elements: 4 core courses (14 credits), 5-6 electives (18 credits), and an 8-credit capstone research experience, with options for either a traditional Master's Thesis, or a combination of an applied research project and professional experience through an internship, (PEAR option –Professional Experience and Applied Research-PSM) for a total of 40 credits to complete the degree.

MS-GISc Degree Requirements:

Required Core Courses (14 credits):

Credits
GEP 505Principles of Geographic Information Science

3

GEP 621Principles and Applications in Remote Sensing

4

GEP 630Geostatistics and Spatial Analytical Concepts

3

GEP 605Special Topics in Geographic Information Systems

4

Electives (18 credits) to be selected amongst the following:

Credits
GEP 602Biogeography and GISc

4

GEP 606Raster Analysis

3

GEP 610Spatial Analysis of Urban Health

3

GEP 620Demography and Population Geography with GISc

3

GEP 631Advanced Remote Sensing

4

GEP 632Environmental Health and Geographic Information Sciences (GISc)

3

GEP 635Natural Hazards and Risk Analysis with GIS

4

GEP 640Urban Geography and Geographic Information Science (GISc)

3

GEP 641Digital Image Analysis

4

GEP 650Topics in Regional Geography and Applied Analysis

3

GEP 660Geovisualization and Analytical Cartography

4

GEP 662Introduction to Programming for GISc

3

GEP 664Spatial Database Management

3

GEP 675Data Acquisition and Integration Methods for GIS Analysis

3

GEP 680Emerging Issues and Methods in Geographic Information Science

3

GEP 689Methods Seminar in Geographic Information Science (GISc)

3

Of the 18 elective credits required for the degree, up to 9 credits of courses may be taken in a cognate discipline, with permission of program advisor.

Students in the PEAR Option must take 12 credits of their electives in Professional Skills courses within the department, or in Health Sciences Dept., Environmental Engineering, or other appropriate program, in consultation with their program advisor, and reflecting their future career plans.)

Capstone Experience Coursework (8 credits):

An 8-credit capstone experience, either the Thesis Option or the Professional Experience and Applied Research (PEAR) Option (PSM).

Traditional Master's Thesis Option:

Credits
GEP 695Thesis Research in GISc

4

PEAR Option (PSM):

Credits
GEP 690Workshop in Geographic Information Science (GISc) Research

3

And

GEP 670Seminar and Internship Program in Geography

4

Professional Science Master's (PSM)

The MS-GISc Program at Lehman has been officially recognized as a Professional Science Master's (PSM) by the National PSM Association (NPSMA). The NPSMA describes PSM programs as follows: "The Professional Science Master's (PSM) is an innovative, new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM programs consist of two years of academic training in an emerging or interdisciplinary area, along with a professional component that may include internships and "cross-training" in workplace skills, such as business, communications, and regulatory affairs. All have been developed in concert with employers and are designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities." (from http://www.sciencemasters.com/

Completion of the PEAR Option of the MS-GISc fulfills the requirements for the PSM.