What will I learn?

Cloud computing, big data, and Internet of Things (IoT) have dramatically impacted use of geospatial data. The GIS+CS degree at UNT addresses these needs by producing graduates who understand the complexities of geospatial data and are able to leverage computing techniques to convert such data into meaningful information. Graduates of the program:

  • Can apply geographical perspectives to contextualize and interpret complex geospatial processes captured through data.
  • Have a sound understanding of computing principles.
  • Have experience in programming using various languages including C++ and Python.
  • Understand the complexities of using databases - a critical component of GIS.
  • Have taken specialized courses, such as remote sensing, enterprise GIS, computer networks, security, data mining, graphics, and artificial intelligence.

Graduates can expect to find jobs as GIS Engineers, GIS Systems Analysts, GIS Solutions Engineers, and GIS Application Programmers. Such positions typically tend to be part of IT/GIS departments in federal/state/local governments, real estate, logistics, retail, defense, infrastructure, energy, among others.


The GIS+CS major requires 46 hours, 28 in CS and 18 in GIS. There are 13 hours in the CS Core, 18 hours in the GIS Core, and 15 hours of CS Electives. Within the degree, for the CS electives students may choose to adopt a Track in mainstream CS or in IT. Alternatively, students may choose not to adopt a track and may select broadly from the CS upper division courses to meet the 15-hour CS elective requirement. Beyond the degree requirements, students may choose an Optional Subject Concentration in areas such as health, environment, urban studies, or water resources.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (46 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,074.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

General Academic Building 210,



76203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school graduation or equivalent qualification.

For international students

Applicants must have Graduation from a high school recognized by the home country ministry of education. English Language Proficiency: IELTS - Overall band 6.0 or higher; TOEFL - Internet-Based (IBT): 79; Paper-Based: 550; PTE - Score of 53 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of North Texas

One of the largest public Tier 1 (top 3%) U.S. research universities, the University of North Texas is the choice of over 3000 international students.

  • One of the nation’s largest public research universities
  • Ranked by Carnegie Foundation as Tier 1 research university
  • 239 degree programs across 14 colleges
  • One of the nation’s most diverse universities

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