Tom, First, I am not offended by your questions. They are important for the future of higher education. Most students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, are part-time, non-traditional students with specific career goals. Based on the recommendations of our local Geography Program Advisory Board, and discussions with graduates over the years, our geography GIS curriculum has become much more applied and much more interdisciplinary. For example, the 2021-2022 GEOG BS degree plan will require not only geography/GIS courses but also digital media courses (i.e. web publishing, web app development) Information Technology courses (i.e. network administration, cyber security) and specialized geospatial technology courses offered through the Environmental Science program. In addition, ALL geography courses require the use of ArcGIS Online and/or ArcGIS Pro and many require completion of ESRI training courses. Most students add internship experience to their degree plans. While I continue to believe that earning a BS gives young professionals a more solid career foundation than a high school diploma with CTE , the structure of BS degrees must reflect the changing nature of the 21st century workplace and be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of backgrounds and aspirations.
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