Student Profile

Jiangdong "Chuck" Liu
Class of '16

Jiangdong “Chuck” Liu is a graduate of the Illinois PSM's Geographic Information Science program.  He earned his undergraduate degree in geography and geographic information science from the University of Illinois.  Chuck completed his internship at Urban GIS in Chicago. Upon graduation, he started working for Champaign County's Social Justice Task Force as a GIS Developer. Chuck praises the Illinois PSM for assisting him with career preparations and helping him compare various offers for his internship. 

Geographic Information Science Science Curriculum

The science component is comprised of coursework in the major.

The Geographic Information Science PSM degree program is designed to meet the needs of rapidly changing segments of industry. Thus, requirements are flexible to allow each student to build a graduate curriculum that best fits his/her chosen career path. 


Courses will be taken in consultation with the student’s Advisor to meet the 32-hour science requirement. At least 12 hours must be in 500-level courses.

Students must complete 8 hours of 500-level instruction from the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, which offers:

GEOG 520 Political Ecology (3 hours)
GEOG 556 Regional Science Methods (3 hours)
GEOG 560 Spatial Epidemiology (4 hours)
GEOG 570 Advanced Spatial Analysis (4 hours)
GEOG 595 Advanced Studies in Geography: Recent Advances in GIS or Advanced Digital & Spatial Studies (4 hours)

Additional electives include:

GEOG 412 Geospatial Technologies and Society (3 hours)
GEOG 439 Health Applications of GIS (3 hours)
GEOG 460 Aerial Photo Analysis (4 hours)
GEOG 473 Digital Cartography & Map Design (4 hours)
GEOG 476 Applied GIS to Environmental Studies (3 hours)
GEOG 477 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 hours)
GEOG 478 Techniques of Remote Sensing (4 hours)
GEOG 479 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 hours, repeatable)
GEOG 480 Principles of GIS (3 hours)
GEOG 489 Programming for GIS (4 hours)



Specific courses depend on the student's professional objectives

Course numbers and titles are subject to change.  Please note that some courses are only offered in select terms. For more information, please reference the Illinois Course Catalog.




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