Southeast Missouri State University plans to offer a new bachelor’s degree in geographic information science, starting with the 2017 fall semester. Southeast would be the first public university in the state to offer this degree. The board of regents approved the new degree program at its meeting Thursday in St. Louis. The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education must approve the program before it can take effect. Southeast professor of biology and environmental science Southeast professor of biology and environmental science John Kraemer says labor-market experts predict geospatial information scientists, technologists and remote-sensing scientists will be in high demand to fill new jobs in the coming decade. Graduates will be well positioned for with a median starting salary of $83,000 to $91,000 at private companies, such as Google and GPS navigation software and development companies, or with local, state and federal governments. Initial enrollment in the program is anticipated to be about 15 students, growing to nearly 60 by the fifth year. Southeast’s College of Science, Technology and Agriculture will offer most of the courses for the degree program.