Geographic Information Systems Minor

Coordinator: Associate Professor R. Kirk

Professor: MacFall

Associate Professors: Morgan, Xiao

Senior Lecturer: Kleckner

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) minor is designed to prepare students with the basic training necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of geographic information science. Employment opportunities are limitless for students who are proficient with this interdisciplinary tool. The U.S. Department of Labor has listed geospatial technologies like GIS as one of the three most important high growth industries in the 21st century. Well-qualified GIS specialists are sought in the areas of business, disaster mitigation, economics, education, emergency management, environmental studies, homeland security, law enforcement, physical sciences, political campaign management, public policy research and analysis, transportation, and urban development and planning. The minor provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in GIS, and opportunities to explore application of these skills in courses selected from a wide variety of disciplines. Students are given hands-on experience with state-of-the-art computer programs and software.

This minor includes courses from the computing sciences, communications, economics, environmental studies, history and geography, marketing and entrepreneurship, political science and policy studies, sport and event management, and statistics departments. There are three components to the curriculum: a set of three core technology courses, a pair of elective disciplinary courses in which GIS can be a supporting tool, and a capstone experience consisting of a significant project or internship in the student’s area of interest.

Minor Requirements:

Choose six to eight hours from the following: 6-8 sh

ISC 111DATA SCIENCE AND VISUALIZATION

4 sh

GEO 150OUR SPATIAL WORLD

2 sh

GEO 356INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING

4 sh

Capstone Project: 2 sh

Approved GEO 499 Research Credits, GEO 481 Independent Study, or internship with significant GIS component. Meet with GIS program coordinator to discuss and receive approval form. 

Required course: 4 sh

ENS 250/GEO 250INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 sh

Select two discipline-specific courses from the following: 8 sh

BUS 211MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 sh

CSC 130COMPUTER SCIENCE I

4 sh

COM 360INTERACTIVE MEDIA

4 sh

ECO 347INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMETRICS

4 sh

ECO 440URBAN ECONOMICS AND PLANNING

4 sh

ENS 111INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

3 sh

ENS 320RESTORATION ECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 330WILDLIFE ECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 340/GEO 340WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

4 sh

GEO 121GLOBAL PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS

4 sh

GEO 345GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

4 sh

ISC 245FUNDAMENTALS OF DATA

4 sh

MKT 416GLOBAL MARKETING

4 sh

PHS 301INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY

4 sh

PHS 302GLOBAL HEALTH

4 sh

POL 220RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND POLICY STUDIES

4 sh

POL 321PUBLIC OPINION POLLING

4 sh

PST 231PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

4 sh

SPT 226FACILITY AND VENUE MANAGEMENT

4 sh

STS 327STATISTICAL COMPUTING FOR DATA MANAGEMENT

4 sh

COM 360, ECO 347, ECO 440, ENS 320, ENS 330, ISC 245, MKT 416, PHS 301, PHS 302, STS 327: Consult the course description for information on course prerequisites. 

Total Credit Hours: 20-22

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