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The Geographic Information Science (GIS) minor, as distinct from the Geography minor, is focused upon meeting the needs of students who wish to acquire grounding in geographical representation and analysis techniques. The minor is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in industry and in government where the application of these techniques combined with knowledge of their own major field is required. It will develop professional competence for positions in public and private agencies where competence in GIS, mapping or remote sensing techniques is required.
Areas of study include cartography, remote sensing, and geographical information systems. This minor provides a unique opportunity to combine and understand the interrelationships among the various aspects of Geographic Information Science through an integrated program.
With successful completion of requirements, a GIS Minor Certificate is issued with a student's diploma at Commencement. Requirements are shown below.
Faculty contact: Alan MacEachren
GIS Minor Requirements: 18 credits
No credit toward the minor will be given for courses with a grade lower than C
Choose 6 courses (18 credits) from the following categories:
6 credits (select two courses from the following three)
9 credits (6 credits must be at the 400 level)
Total: 18 credits
Other courses can be used at the discretion of the faculty contact.
Cartography courses: GEOG 160, 361, 461W, 467
GIS courses: GEOG 160, 363,
461W, 463, 469, 485, FOR 255, SOILS 450
Remote Sensing courses: GEOG 160, 362,
417, 461W, 481, FOR 455