Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

One of the fastest growing areas in geography is the use of geographic information sciences (GIS) to generate maps and store map-related information. GIS is a system of computer hardware and software that stores, displays, analyzes, and maps geographic information. Geographers, planners, land developers, real estate agents, market analysts, utility companies, and municipal officials all use these systems. The GIS minor complements majors in all of the social sciences, humanities, and many of the natural sciences.

Minor Requirements — 18 Credits

Choose six credits from the following courses:

GEOG 210Introduction to GIS and GPS

3

GEOG 302Cartography

3

GEOG 307Geographic Information Science

3

Choose twelve credits from the following elective courses:

CS 101Introduction to Computer Science

3

GEOG 185Introduction to Drones

3

GEOG 302Cartography

3

GEOG 307Geographic Information Science

3

GEOG 324Crime Mapping

3

GEOG 327Fundamentals of Geospatial Programming

3

GEOG 375Quantitative Techniques in Geography

3

GEOG 412Web Mapping

3

GEOG 449Remote Sensing of the Environment

3

GEOG 470Urban GIS

3

GEOG 485Advanced Geographic Techniques: Topics

1- 3

 Notes:

  1. GEOG 302 and/or GEOG 307 cannot be used to satisfy both the six credit requirement and the 12 credit requirement.
  2. GEOG 485 is repeatable under different titles, so multiple completions can be used to satisfy this requirement, provided that it is taken for 3 credits each time.
  3. With advisor approval, 1 relevant computer-science course or course incorporating GIS from another discipline may be substituted for any of the elective courses above. A list of acceptable substitute courses is maintained by the Department of Geography, GIS & Sustainability.