Geospatial Information Science

Why study Geospatial Information Science?

The geospatial information science track introduces students to computer-based analysis of geographic data and the theory and practice of aerial and satellite imagery, GIS, and spatial analysis, applied to natural resource assessment and monitoring human impacts on the environment. Student internships are encouraged and we can assist with locating an appropriate internship program.  Graduates will be well equipped for land and resource management positions in industry, non-profit and government agencies, and for advanced studies in geography, ecology, environmental sciences and management.

Preparatory Subject Matter Requirements

Course IDs Course Title Quarters Offered Units Notes
Written and Oral Expression
UWP 101, 102A-G, 104A-F Upper Division Writing I, II, III, IV 4 May test out of requirement
CMN 1, 3, or DRA 10 Public Speaking I, II, III, IV 4  
Biological Sciences
BIS 2A Essentials of Life on Earth I, II, III, IV 5  
BIS 2B Principles of Ecology and Evolution   I, II, III, IV 5  
BIS 2C Biodiversity and the Tree of Life I, II, III, IV 5  
Geology
choose one of the following
GEL 1 The Earth I, II, III 4  
GEL 50 Physical Geology I, II, III 3 (recommended)
Chemistry
Choose one of the following
CHE 2A or 2AH General Chemistry I, II, IV 5  
CHE 2B or 2BH General Chemistry II, III, IV 5  
CHE 2C or 2CH General Chemistry I, III, IV 5 Recommended, not required
Physics
Complete either 1AB or 7ABC
Physics 1A General Physics I, II, IV 3  
Physics 1B General Physics II, III 3  
Physics 7A General Physics I, II, III, IV 4  
Physics 7B General Physics I, II, III, IV 4  
Physics 7C General Physics I, II, III, IV 4  
Economics
ECN 1A Principles of Microeconomics I, II, III, IV 4  
Mathematics
MAT 16A, 17A, or 21A Calculus I, II, III, IV 3-4 Mat 17AB recommended
MAT 16B, 17B, or 21B Calculus I, II, III, IV 3-4  
Environmental Science and Policy
ESP 1 Environmental Analysis I 4  

I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session


Depth Subject Matter Requirements

NOTE: Students graduating with this major are required to attain at least a C average (2.0 GPA) in all courses taken at the university in Depth Subject Matter and pass all coursework. See requirements of the College of Agriculture & Environmental Science in the UC Davis General Catalog.
Course IDs Course Title Prerequisites Quarters Offered Units
Global Environment
ESM 120 Global Environmental Interactions One college-level chemistry and biology course II 4
Ecology
(Choose one of the following)
ESP 100 General Ecology BIS 2A-C and MAT 16A-B, STA 13 recommended I, III 4
EVE 101 Introduction to Ecology BIS 2A-C and MAT 16A-B or the equivalent I, II, III, IV 4
Policy
ESP 162 Environmental Policy ECN 1A II 4
Statistics
(Choose one of the following - Statistics 100 recommended)
STA 13 Elementary Statistics Two years of high school algebra or equivalent in college I, II, III, IV 4
STA 100 Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences MAT 16B or the equivalent I, II, III, IV 4
Environmental Monitoring
(Choose one of the following)
ESM 108 Environmental Monitoring Entry level course in the environmental sciences III 3
ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment Upper division standing, one course in environmental science II, IV 4
GIS Technology
ABT/LDA 150 Introduction to GIS PLS 21 or equivalent with consent of instructor I, III 4
Internship
ESM/ESP 192 Internship Upper division standing, permission of instructor

Variable unit – must take at least 3 units of internship
May complete internship in a different area with prior approval
(e.g.: PLS, SSC, ATM)

I, II, III, IV 3
Capstone
ESM 195 Integrating Env Science & Management Senior standing; Environmental science major (e.g.: ESM, EPAP, ETX, WFC) III 2
Honors Thesis (Optional)
ESM 194H Senior Honors Thesis Senior standing, Overall GPA of 3.50 or higher

Consent of the master adviser

  2-6

 

I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session


Required Courses

NOTE: Courses taken for the depth subject matter or track cannot be used to fulfill more than one major requirement.
Course IDs Course Title Prerequisites Quarters Units
Select two GIS courses
ABT 181N* Concepts & Methods in GIS ABT 150 or LDA 50 or consent of instructor II 4
ABT/HYD 182** Environmental Analysis with GIS ABT 150 or equiv GIS experience, biology and/or ecology courses rec. II 4
ESM 186 Environmental Remote Sensing MAT 16B; PHY 7C or 9B; upper division standing; ABT 150 rec. II 5
ESM 185 Aerial Photo Interp. & Remote Sensing Upper division standing I 4
Select two environmental policy courses
ESP 163 ** Energy & Env Aspects of Transportation ECN 1A or ENG 106 I 4
ESP 165N Climate Policy ECN 1A, ESP 1, or consent of instructor III 3
ESP 166N** Ocean & Coastal Policy ESP 1 or consent of instructor II 3
ESP 169** Water Policy & Politics ECN 1A or POL 1 recommended III 3
ESP 171 Urban & Regional Planning ESP 1 recommended III 4
ESP 172 Public Lands Management ECN 1A recommended I 4
ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment ESP 1 or the equivalent II, IV 4
SOC 160 Sociology of the Environment SOC 1, 2, or 3 recommended  II 4
Select two quantitative analysis courses
ESP 121 Population Ecology BIS 2B-C; MAT 16A-B II 4
STA 104 Nonparametric Statistics STA 13, 32, 100, or 102 II, III 4
STA 106 Analysis of Variance STA 13, 32, 100, or 102 I, II, III, IV 4
STA 108 Regression Analysis STA 13, 32, 100, or 102 I, II, III, IV 4
STA 130A Mathematical Statistics: Brief Course MAT 16B I 4
STA 130B Mathematical Statistics: Brief Course STA 130A II 4
STA 137 Applied Time Series Analysis STA 108 or equivalent I, III 4
Select three environmental science courses, must select at least one from section A and one from section B
A – Physical
ATM 110 Weather Observation & Analysis ATM 60 III 4
ATM 116 Climate Change UWP 1; Consent of instructor I 4
ATM 133 Biometeorology One biological course; MAT 16B; or consent of instructor II 4
SSC 100 Principles of Soil Science CHE 2A-B, PHY 1A-B, BIS 2A; GEL 50, BIS 2C recommended I 5
B - Biomes
ESP 150C Biological Oceanography Acceptance into the Bodega Marine Lab summer program IV 4
ESP 152 Coastal Oceanography Acceptance into the Bodega Marine Lab summer program IV 3
ESP 151 Limnology Upper division standing; BIS 2A III 4
ESP 155 Wetland Ecology ESP 100 or PLB 117; ESP 110 or 151 recommended I 4
PLS 101 Agriculture & the Environment PLS 2 or consent of instructor II 3
PLB/EVE 117 Plant Ecology BIS 2A-C; PLB 111 recommended I 4
GEL 136† Ecogeomorphology of Rivers & Streams Upper division standing; consent of instructor   5

†Future availability unknown
I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session
*Course is offered in odd years only (2015, 2017, etc.)
**Course is offered in even years only (2016, 2018, etc.)

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