Information Science, B.S. Geographic Information Systems Concentration


The Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) is one of only two offered among NC public universities. It is a multidisciplinary program that blends coursework from library and information sciences, computer science, geography, information systems/supply chain management, and education research methodology. This program prepares students to work for a variety of organizations that handle complex data and information systems and need to leverage this information for decision making. The program consists of three focus areas: management, maintenance, and design of information systems; training, development, and user education; and geographic information systems. You will prepare for an exciting career in a rapidly-expanding field–as you learn to see the big picture; your coursework will explore the needs of information users, you will learn the value of information and technology, and you will learn to create and utilize data to support the dissemination of information.

Program Distinctions

  • One of only two such programs in UNC system schools.
  • $2.4 million annually in scholarships, tuition relief, and assistantships for School of Education students.

The Student Experience

  • Concentration: Geographic information systems
  • You will have access to engaged faculty mentoring, coaching, and individualized academic advising.
  • Experiential, cross-curriculum learning and community and field-based learning experiences are available.
  • You will produce original research culminating in a capstone project.
  • Opportunities for internships and career networking are available.

After Graduation

  • You will possess skills for curating, describing, organizing, managing, analyzing, and disseminating information in our knowledge-based society; evaluating the role of information in a variety of industries, in different settings, for different purposes; and understanding the ways information is created, communicated, and stored.
  • You will be ready for graduate study preparation in the fields of geography, data science, library and information science, and analytics.
  • Potential career paths include:
    • Database Designer
    • Technology Trainer
    • Information Technology Consultant
    • Programmers for Geographic Information Systems
    • Analyst


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a minor in Videogaming and Esports that pairs well with this degree. Students complete one required course and 12 hours of electives in courses like Intro to 3D Animation and Fandom and Religion: Rituals, Texts, Communities. Learn More.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Bachelor's

College/School: School of Education

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

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Department of Library & Information Science (LIS)

Dr. T. Zachary Frazier,
Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Bachelors of Science in Information Science