GIS Minor

The minor in geographic information systems prepares students for current modern trends in geospatial technology, computerized mapping, digital image processing, and spatial analysis. The GIS minor requires one course in computer science (COMPUTER 1130), one course in Statistics (MATH 1830), and three courses in GIS and remote sensing.  Nine credits of electives will complete the minor, to be chosen from courses in remote sensing, advanced computer programming for GIS, physical geography, and independent research or an internship in GIS.

The GIS minor incorporates dynamic changes in current advances in spatial sciences and technology. The students that complete a GIS minor significantly enhance their employment opportunities, especially in environmental consultation agencies, mapping technology industries, surveying, geology, biology, criminal justice and other social sciences, and business. The the current job market, a great many employers are looking for candidates that combine GIS expertise with a wide variety of other majors.


Required Core Courses (15 credits) 

  • GEOG 3230 Intro GIS 3cr
  • GEOG 3520 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3 cr
  • GEOG 4330 Advanced GIS 3 cr
  • COMP 1130 Intro to Programming 3 cr
  • MATH 1830 Elementary Statistics 3 cr

Electives (6 credits)

  • GEOG 2230 Cartography 3 cr
  • GEOG 3340 Biogeography 4 cr
  • GEOG 4120 Python for GIS 3 cr (currently listed as Topics course*)
  • GEOG 3720 Advanced Remote Sensing 3 cr
  • GEOG 4120 Topical Seminar 2-3 cr
  • GEOG 3950 Guided Research 1-3 cr
  • GEOG 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 1-3 c



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