Island University’s Online GIS Program Ranked As Best in Nation by

Published: April 25, 2014

Island University’s Online GIS Program Ranked As Best in Nation by

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) for Surveying and Science has been recognized by as one of the top online programs in the country.

 “We are honored to be recognized for our Geographic Information Systems programs,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “With a focus on unmanned flight and geospatial sciences, Island University students are preparing for high-paying fields both online and on our campus.”

Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Geospatial Surveying Engineering students at CBI learn to apply both scientific and mathematical principles to model the Earth, using the latest computer technologies and sciences to gather geospatial data by land surveying. Data is then converted into manageable maps and databases for display and analysis. See more about what GIS students do in this video

“The University’s online GIS program brings in-demand, quality instruction to a larger audience, including those who are unable to attend classes on campus,” said Dr. Gary A. Jeffress, CBI Director.  “One of our recent graduates was able to get her Master’s degree while working as a contractor in Afghanistan.”  Learn more about GIS studies at CBI

CBI offers two online programs; a BS degree in Geographic Information Science and a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Surveying Engineering. A&M-Corpus Christi offers the only combined geomatics and GIS-focused Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science in the nation that is also accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The geospatial field has been identified as one of the fastest growing industries by the U.S. Department of Labor. Graduates are in demand to replace an aging workforce, and receive high-paying jobs as GIS analysts and surveyors. recognition includes 40 schools, and takes into consideration elements like the amount of student debt required to cover tuition, graduate success and satisfaction, graduation rates, and instructor-to-student ratios. See the full list at