Geoinformatics and Geospatial Analytics, B.S.

Saint Louis University’s Bachelor of Science program in geoinformatics and geospatial analytics prepares graduates for geospatial careers around the globe. It combines theory and practice to train the geospatial professionals of tomorrow. 

SLU's Bachelor of Science in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Analytics from the Geospatial Institute and the Department of Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences is offered in cooperation with the mathematics and statistics and computer science departments. The B.S. in geoinformatics and geospatial analytics program trains students to be leading experts in the field of geospatial science. The program combines mathematical and geospatial theory with practical experience in computer science, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and global position systems.

The program prepares students for the current and future challenges of the growing geospatial industry, and to meet increasing demands for experts in geospatial intelligence, geospatial analytics, spatial modeling and statistics, photogrammetry, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and more. As an applied science, SLU's B.S. in geoinformatics and geospatial analytics program focuses on modern, global issues such as the environment, society, and economy. 

Students develop a foundation in mathematical and geospatial theory and computer programming, while applying GIS, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote sensing, geovisualization, spatial analyses and statistics, database management, and programming skills within the natural, social science, and physical sciences using innovative technologies and software programs (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, ENVI+IDL, SARscape, Python, GeoDA, Google Earth Engine, R).

Curriculum Overview

Students completing the Bachelor of Science curriculum in geoinformatics and geospatial analytics obtain a technically rigorous and applicative degree, modeled from curriculum of 70+ other programs around the United States. The B.S. degree requires credits in GIS, math and computer science in addition to core courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences faculty members work and conduct research in the field. They have been awarded grants from various institutions, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Geological Society of America, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Institutes of Health, National Park Service, National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Electric Power Research Institute, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Ameren and others.

Careers

Graduates from programs in the Geospatial Institute (GeoSLU) are employed in careers in environmental science, remote sensing, GIS and geospatial intelligence fields. Recent graduates work for organizations such as ESRI, the National Geospatial Intelligence Administration and the United States Geological Survey, 

Globally, the geospatial industry has a current growth rate of approximately 50% a year. The St. Louis region is emerging as a global center for innovative research and technology, particularly for geospatial technology. This is driven by a vibrant entrepreneurial community, excellent research universities, a robust network of established industry thought-leaders, and the presence of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). 

According to a recent report from St. Louis-based entrepreneurial support organization ITEN, technology positions in the region are expected to grow 60% in the next three to five years. The Missouri Department of Economic Development has estimated that the geospatial industry is growing quickly and is projected to earn $100 billion in revenue by 2030. The geospatial industry currently accounts for 500,000 jobs nationally and Missouri will have 5,000 new jobs in the next few years, contributing roughly $600 million to the state's economy.

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.

Freshman

All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 

Transfer

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to use geographic information systems to analyze patterns in large, complex datasets.
  2. Students will develop skills in communicating information regarding data, analyses, and graphics.
  3. Students will show proficiency in remote sensing, including the ability to acquire, process and analyze remotely sensed data.
  4. Students will become proficient in programming languages relevant to geographic information systems, remote sensing and computer science.
Core Requirement
College core requirements54-63
For additional information about core courses
Required GIS Courses
GIS 2010Introduction to Location Science3
GIS 2030Spatial Analysis in GIS3
GIS 2050Introduction to Global Positioning Systems: Theory and Applications3
GIS 4010Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 4030Geospatial Data Management3
GIS 4040Introduction to Remote Sensing3
GIS 4050Digital Image Processing3
Math and Statistics Courses
MATH 1510Calculus I4
MATH 1520Calculus II4
MATH 1660Discrete Mathematics3
STAT 3850Foundation of Statistics3
Computer Science Courses
CSCI 1060Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming3
or CSCI 1070 Introduction to Computer Science: Taming Big Data
CSCI 1300Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming4
CSCI 2100Data Structures4
Major Electives
Select 18 credits from courses with "Geospatial Electives" attribute18
General Electives0-2
Total Credits120-127

Continuation Standards

Students must have a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in their geoinformatics and geospatial analytics major courses and required related credits (GIS, mathematics, statistics and computer sciences) by the conclusion of their freshman year. Students who fall below a 2.00 GPA after their freshman year will be placed on probation. Students placed on probation have a maximum of one year to raise their GPA to at least a 2.0. After their freshman year, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 to remain in good standing in the program. Students may not graduate while they are on probation. Students who do not fulfill probationary requirements will be dropped from the program.

Bachelor of Science Core Curriculum Requirements

Please note: beginning in Fall 2022, all incoming SLU undergraduates—regardless of major, program, college or school—will complete the University Core curriculum. You can find more information about SLU’s common Core here: https://www.slu.edu/core/index.php
Core Components and Credits
Foundations of Discourse3
Diversity in the U.S.3
Global Citizenship3
Foreign Language0-6
Fine Arts3
Literature6
Mathematics4
Science8
Philosophy6
Social Science6
Theology6
World History6
Total Credits54-60

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding pre-college level courses numbered below 1000).
  • Complete either the College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Core Curriculum Requirements.
  • Complete major requirements: minimum 30 credits required.
  • Complete remaining credits with a second major, minor, certificate, and/or electives to reach the minimum of 120 credits required for graduation.
  • Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, a 2.00 grade point average in the major(s) and a 2.00 grade point average in the minor/certificate, or related elective credits.
  • Complete department/program-specific academic and performance requirements.
  • Complete at least 50% of the coursework for the major and 75% for the minor/certificate through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete 30 of the final 36 credits through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete an online degree application by the required University deadline.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
GIS 2010 Introduction to Location Science 3
HIST 1110 Origins of the Modern World to 1500 3
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
CoreSocial Science 3
 Credits16
Spring
GIS 2030 Spatial Analysis in GIS 3
HIST 1120 Origins of the Modern World (1500 to Present) 3
MATH 1520 Calculus II 4
PHIL 2050 Ethics 3
CSCI 1060
Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming
or Introduction to Computer Science: Taming Big Data
3
 Credits16
Year Two
Fall
Science I (w/ Lab) 4
CoreTHEO 2xxx 3
CoreDiversity in the U.S. 3
CoreLiterature 3
MATH 1660 Discrete Mathematics 3
 Credits16
Spring
CoreSocial Science 3
Science II (w/ Lab) - same discipline as Science I 4
STAT 3850 Foundation of Statistics 3
GIS 2050 Introduction to Global Positioning Systems: Theory and Applications 3
ART 2150 Color Theory 3
 Credits16
Year Three
Fall
CSCI 1300 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming 4
ENGL 1900
Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research
or Advanced Writing
3
GIS 4010 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GeospatialElective 3
GeospatialElective 3
 Credits16
Spring
CSCI 2100 Data Structures 4
GIS 4030 Geospatial Data Management 3
GeospatialElective 3
Core Course 3
GeospatialElective 3
 Credits16
Year Four
Fall
GIS 4040 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
GeospatialElective 3
GeospatialElective 3
CoreForeign Language 1010 3
 Credits12
Spring
GIS 4050 Digital Image Processing 3
GIS 4960 GIS Capstone 3
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
CoreForeign Language 1020 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

2+SLU programs are formal  transfer agreements for students seeking an associate degree at a partner institution.