Bachelor’s to Master’s GIS Pathway

If you are enrolled on the Geography major or the Environment & Society major and you are interested in GIS at the graduate level you may apply to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways. The Geography/GIScience Pathway or the Environment & Society/GIScience Pathway allows you to share or ‘double count’ up to 12 graduate credit hours. This means 12 graduate credit hours can count towards your undergraduate degree AND count towards the 30 graduate credit hours for the master’s degree in GIScience, leaving you 18 graduate credit hours to complete the master’s program.

Requirements of the Pathways

You must have taken the following courses with a grade of B- or higher:
GEO4162C Spatial Data Analysis
GIS3015 Map Analysis
GIS4035 and Lab Introductory Remote Sensing
GIS4043 and Lab Introductory GIS
You must have a desire to improve your skill levels in using computer software, statistics, mapping, and geographic relevance for resource monitoring. You must also maintain a GPA of 3.0

Application to the Pathways

If you fulfill all the admission requirements outlined above you may apply to the Pathways by contacting the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Victor Mesev (

Being on the Pathways

Once accepted on the Pathways you must be either in your junior or senior year, and satisfy the FSU Grad School admissions criteria. The requirements are a GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores of at least 153 for the verbal section and 144 for the math section. You may then take the following graduate level courses which will be double counted with your undergraduate major:
GEO5165C Quantitative Geography (3 credits)
GIS5131 Geographic Visualization (3 credits)
GIS5331 Florida GIS Applications (3 credits)
GIS5400 GIS Applications in Social Sciences (3 credits)

Completing the Master’s GIScience Degree

Once you’ve completed the above courses of 12 credits with a grade of B- or higher and you have completed all of your bachelor’s major requirements and graduated, you may then continue as a graduate student and take the remaining 18 credit hours to complete your master’s in GIScience. These 18 credit hours include two required classes:
GIS5106 Advanced GIScience (3 credits)
GIS5950 GIS Capstone (6 credits)
And any three courses from the following:
GIS5028C Advanced Remote Sensing (3 credits)
GIS5103 GIS Programming (3 credits)
GIS5112 GIS Databases (3 credits)
GIS5305 GIS for Environmental Analysis & Modeling (3 credits)
GIS5306 Environmental Change Modeling (3 credits)
GIS5318 Climate Change & Ecosystems (3 credits)
More information from Dr. Victor Mesev, 310A Bellamy ( or Allison Young, 301 Bellamy (