Geographic Information Science (GIS) minor
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
Application forms for declaring the GIS minor may be obtained and printed by following http://www.registrar.psu.edu/student_forms/entrancetominor.pdf to the Registrar's webpage, or from Jodi Vender, Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising and Alumni Relations, 305 Walker Building. The form requires that you list the courses you have taken as well as those you intend to take (so that we can confirm likely course offerings and requirement distribution), obtain the signature of your major advisor, and return to Jodi Vender (so that the minor designation can be added to your student record).
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:
- GEOG 160 (121) Mapping Our Changing World (grade of `C' required to progress in the minor)
6 credits (select two courses from the following three)
- GEOG 361 (321) Cartography: Maps and Map Construction
- GEOG 362 (352) Image Analysis
- GEOG 363 (357) Geographic Information Systems
9 credits (6 credits must be at the 400 level)
- GEOG 323 (330) GIS and Social Theory
- GEOG 417 (437) Satellite Climatology
- GEOG 461W (421W) Dynamic Cartographic Representation
- GEOG 463 (480) Geospatial Information Management
- GEOG 467 (422) Applied Cartographic Design
- GEOG 468 (481) GIS Design and Evaluation
- GEOG 485 (356) GIS Programming and Customization
- GEOG 495G GIS Internship (within in the Geography Department)
- FOR 455 Remote Sensing and Spatial Data Handling
- SOILS 415 Soil Morphology, Mapping and Land Use
- SOILS 450 Environmental GIS
Total: 18 credits
Other courses can be used at the discretion of the faculty contact.
Cartography courses: GEOG 160 (121), 361 (321), 461W (421W), 467 (422)
GIS courses: GEOG 160 (121), 323 (330), 363 (357), 461W (421W), 463 (480), 468 (481)
Remote Sensing courses: GEOG 160 (121), 362 (352), 417 (437), 461W (421W), 462, 469