The Status of GIS Education in Departments of Geography at 4-Year Colleges and Universities in the United States




Tas, Halil I.
Finchum, Allen

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education


This paper provides a brief overview of past research on GIS education programs and how Departments of Geography and higher education institutions have developed such programs over the past two decades. The paper also presents information from a survey of departments offering GIS programs and courses taken in 2001 and 2002. These results provide a description of the types of institutions that provide GIS education programs as well as the general regional patterns of these programs. Other information provided from the survey includes enrollment and job placement patterns, and the impact of GIS programs on geography departments responding to the survey.



Geographic Information Systems, GIS education, universities, geography departments


Tas, H. I., & Finchum, G. A. (2002). The status of GIS education in departments of geography at 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. Research in Geographic Education, 4(1), pp. 64-77.


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