Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences Minor

Information Systems are a core component of any research, educational or industrial enterprise in the Earth and Mineral Sciences. In addition, the science and engineering disciplines represented in the College have a particular focus on numerical modeling and simulation systems, and on the analysis and management of very large data sets. The EMS - IST minor provides students a basic introduction to information sciences and information technology through courses in the core curriculum of the School of Information Sciences and Technology. Students then select from a group of interdisciplinary EMS courses that focus on the particular interests of the College.

The ISEMS minor is open only to students with an EMS major; you may apply for this minor by obtaining necessary signatures and submitting a completed entrance to minor application form to Jodi Vender in 305 Walker Building.

Deadline: Declarations of minors are accepted anytime after you have attained fifth semester classification (60 credits). To graduate with a minor, you must be accepted in the minor before the late drop deadline of your last semester.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Note: As of Fall 2013, the IST College no longer requires an addtional $750 tuition surcharge for this minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing like (Sem: 1-2)

Faculty contact: Alan MacEachren

Staff contact:  Jodi Vender

Requirements for the minor: 19 credits

Prescribed courses (13 credits)

  • IST 110 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
  • IST 210(4) (Sem: 3-4)
  • IST 220(3)
  • GEOG 463(3) (Sem: 5-6)

Additional courses (6 credits)

  • Select 6 credits from P N G 430(3), EM SC 468(3), ENNEC 425(3), or METEO 473(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Other computing-intensive EMS courses can be used at the discretion of the faculty contact (e.g., GEOG 461W, GEOG 497-GIS modeling/programming).