Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Information Systems

Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Information Systems

As a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Information Systems (BAGIS) program,  which is an applied GIS program, you'll gain a firm foundation in GIS and its applications through a wide range of fields and disciplines. Through on-site instruction, you'll enjoy the one-on-one mentorship that distinguishes the University of Redlands as a leader in education. 

You'll learn through diverse case studies and applications of spatial tools, experience real-world problem-solving, and engage through the senior seminar that will help you identify and compete for GIS internships and jobs. 

GIS graduates are in high demand for businesses, non-governmental organizations, and various GIS-linked companies such as Esri, which, in addition to software engineers, need graduates with a knowledge of GIS who can also be employed in technical writing, marketing, education, and associated careers. 


Core Courses (two [2], both required) 

  • SPA/GIS 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis & GIS  
  • SPA/GIS 210 Advanced Spatial Analysis & GIS 

Advanced Methods Course (choose two [2] from list): 

  • GIS 167 Python  
  • GIS 325 Spatial Data Acquisition 
  • GIS 326 Cartography (tentative alpha/number listing) 
  • GIS 411 Fundamentals of GIS 
  • SPA/GIS 425 Introduction to Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry  
  • GIS 467 Introduction to Programming for GIS 

Elective Courses (choose three [3] from list, at least two [2] electives must be above the 100 level and from a program outside a second major, if applicable, and an internship may be substituted for one elective class from the program of a second major):

  • BIOL 111 Marine Ecology

  • BUS 333 Labor in the Global Economy   
  • BUS 351 GIS and Spatial Analysis for Orgs 
  • CHEM 290 Environmental Chemistry Field Experience: Mile High Chemistry 
  • CHEM 311 Environmental Chem Field Exp: Environ Modeling   
  • CHEM 312 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 
  • ENGL 334 Representing the Holocaust 
  • EVST 213 Environmental Justice 
  • EVST 233 Environmental Geology 
  • EVST 250, 350 Environmental Design Studio I & II 
  • EVST 283 Mapping Animals 
  • EVST 323 Great Environmental Disasters 
  • EVST 333 Oceanography  
  • EVST 334 Environmental Hydrology 
  • EVST 343 Biodiversity   
  • EVST 351, 451 Panamapping: Geodesign to Conserve Rainforest   
  • HIST 227 Mapping African American History 
  • HIST 251 Mapping African History   
  • HIST 275 Mapping Metal: A Historical Geography   
  • REL 125 Introduction to World Religions   
  • REL 206 The 'Other' Jesus 
  • REL 308 Christian Scriptures 
  • REST 330 Mapping Race in the IE  
  • SOAN 305 Mapping People Mapping Place 
  • SPA/GIS 100 Foundations of Spatial Thinking  

Senior Seminar

  • GIS 496 GIS Senior Seminar

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of spatial concepts through in-class assessments and/or lab work, and/or spatial projects. 

  • Apply spatial concepts and representations to data and information in an informed way via spatial projects. 
  • Evaluate the validity of arguments based on spatial information and approaches through written evaluations and/or presentations. 
  • Apply critical-thinking skills to solve spatial problems by generating and evaluating solutions through spatial project development.  
  • Communicate and implement spatial solutions for issues facing local and/or global communities. 


GIS specialists are employed by city, county, and state governments as well as the federal government in areas as diverse as emergency management, fish and wildlife, transportation, public utilities, the National Park Service, the Department of Defense, and the National Geospatial Agency, just to name a few. 


GIS Core Faculty 

  • Douglas Flewelling 
  • Mark Kumler
  • Ruijin Ma
  • Fang Ren

GIS Affiliated Faculty 

  • Wes Bernardini (Sociology/Anthropology) 
  • John Glover (History) 
  • Eric Hill (Physics) 
  • Daniel Klooster (Environmental Studies) 
  • Lillian Larsen (Religious Studies) 
  • Scott Randolph (Business)  

Teaching and Technical Support Staff 

  • Lisa Benvenuti
  • Steve Moore
  • Nate Strout
  • Will Wagner


*Pending WSCUC approval