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Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) – Full-time


Program Overview

Developed and awarded by the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, US.

Candidates who have outstanding academic results may apply for direct entry into the double degree program at the point of application. Alternatively, if students are enrolled in a single degree program and have done well ie. have been accepted into the major and are considered to be in academic good standing, they are eligible to apply for the double degree program.

In the double degree program, students can graduate with two degrees and within the minimum of 150 credits. They will be awarded with two degrees at graduation.

Cutting-edge knowledge, skills, and abilities in using geospatial science
 

The Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) degree:

  • provides students with cutting-edge knowledge, skills, and abilities in using geospatial sciences, and this includes geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing, locational analysis, and geographic visualization.
  • focuses on the theoretical foundations geographical information science, the development and use of state-of-the-art software and emerging technology, and the collection, processing, and interpretation of geospatial information.

As the use of geospatial technology and GIS in society is widespread, demand for these skills in public and private sectors remains high and continues to grow, offering students diverse career opportunities.

As a Geographic Information Science major, you will:

  • Be proficient in collecting, describing, analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing patterns, processes, and interactions of geospatial phenomena including the environment, human activities, and their interactions in time and space.
  • Develop skills in using state-of-the-art geospatial software and technologies employed in research, industry, and government agencies.
  • Be equipped with theoretical and practical experience in solving geospatial problems in a variety of geographic realms including the environment, health, cities, and social media.

Work for the social good with your knowledge and skill sets 

You will learn insights and skills in the art and process of the dynamic social systems and issues related to each other and societal issues.

Department of Sociology in UB is a member of the American Sociological Society and the undergraduate Sociology program was founded in 1920.

Sociology is a study of all people, for all people. Sociology is the broadest of the social sciences and can give us an understanding of the social world. This program provides students with the technical and analytic tools, critical thinking skills, and global perspective needed to navigate the 21st century successfully and succeed in many careers.

As a Sociology major, you will:

  • Study the finer points about an individual, social groups, and social systems and their relationship
  • Learn about the causes, characteristics, changes, and consequences of human behaviour in groups
  • Understand the structure and dynamics of social systems and issues relate to each other and societal issues

More than 50% of modules are taught by US /overseas visiting faculty, covering the full semester throughout the entire program. The rest of the modules are taught by qualified local faculty with the experience and academic expertise approved by UB.

The program is taught by engaged, committed faculty. Coursework includes hands-on experience, active class presentation and participation, projects and all the best practices of American college education.

Further Education

Graduates have also gone on to graduate schools for further studies.

Career Prospects

With these double degree qualifications, you have job opportunities in:

  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Computer analyst
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental scientist/manager
  • Geomorphologist
  • GIS specialist
  • Market research analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Natural resource manager
  • Researcher
  • Urban and transportation planner
  • Medical and health industry
  • Recreation
  • Urban planning
  • Social policy
  • Social services
  • Other professions

For more career opportunities and future of Geographic Information Science in Singapore, please visit GeoWorks 

Why Study at SIM-UB

Distinctive features of SIM-UB programs:

  • High quality and interactive American education
  • Students admitted are regular UB students (no distinction between Singapore and Buffalo)
  • Admission standards and academic expectations are the same as UB
  • Accreditation and recognition of UB degrees
  • Quality assurance mechanisms
  • Option to study one semester in Buffalo’s home campus in US
  • Full-time Resident Director and Assistant Resident director
  • Full-time Academic Advisors
  • Full-time, regular UB faculty and visiting faculty teach in the program covering the full semester
  • Excellent value with lower tuition costs here than studying in the US
  • Successful graduates and extensive alumni network