The GSP curriculum is designed to allow students to take a wide variety of classes in the field of geospatial cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and mobile mapping. The figure below shows how the class flow from introduction, through undergraduate to graduate levels.


Five Year Course Rotations for GSP

Diagram of the GSP Curriculum with prerequisite courses


Policies for Prerequisite Geospatial Coursework

Below are the policies for equivalents to prerequisites for GSP classes. In cases that are not handled automatically by the HSU system (i.e. already articulated), the instructor for a class is the one who makes the final decision whether or not to give out permission numbers and provide them to students.

  1. Students taking both GSP 101 and GSP 101L must take them in the same semester (i.e. they should not take 101 one semester and 101L the next).
  2. Students can take just GSP 101L if they have had an equivalent course to GSP 101 (typically an Intro Geospatial course with no lab).
  3. Students who have taken classes at other colleges will fall into one of several cases:
    1. The course is already articulated between HSU and the other college (i.e. we have already reviewed the class and determined it is equivalent). These students should be able to sign up for the class automatically without speaking with the instructor.
    2. The course is not articulated but is within the California system and it appears to be equivalent: The HSU instructor will give these students permission numbers and will notify Mary Beth Cunha that the course should be articulated. Mary Beth has a spreadsheet of all California community colleges and will update the Registrar's Office with proposed articulations.
    3. The course is outside the California system but appears to be equivalent: The instructor for the class will give these students permission numbers.
    4. It is difficult to determine if the course is equivalent: The student will have the option of taking the GSP101 Challenge Exam by following the instructions indicated in the following document:
    5. If the course is not equivalent: the student cannot bypass the prerequisite.
  4. In cases where a student has previous experience that is not in a class environment (i.e. a work environment),we'll use option 3.d above.