Department of History and Geography

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor

The geographic information systems minor is designed to prepare students with the basic training necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of geographic information science (GIS). Employment opportunities are limitless for students who are proficient with this interdisciplinary tool. Well-qualified GIS specialists are sought in the areas of environmental study, physical sciences, business, economics, education, government, planning and international industries.

The minor is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and skills in GIS, remote sensing, cartography, database management and computer technology, and 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 core courses from the computing sciences, history and geography and political science and public administration departments as well as the environmental studies program. 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.

The GIS minor requires 20 semester hours chosen from the following courses:

ENS/GEO 250 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4 sh
  Choose six to eight hours from the following: 6-8 sh
CSC/ISC 111 Data Science and Visualization  
GEO 150 Our Spatial World  
GEO 356 Introduction to Remote Sensing  
Capstone Project 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. 2 sh
  Two discipline-specific courses from: 8 sh
CIS 211 Management Information Systems  
CSC 130 Computing Science I  
COM 360 Interactive Media**  
ECO 347 Introduction to Econometrics**  
ECO 440 Urban Economonics and Planning**  
ENS 111/113 Introduction to Environmental Science & Lab  
ENS 320 Restoration Ecology**  
ENS 330 Wildlife Ecology**  
ENS/GEO 340 Water Resources Management  
GEO 121 Global Physical Environments  
GEO 345 Global Environment Change  
ISC 245 Fundamentals of Data**  
MKT 416 Global Marketing**  
PHS 301 Introduction to Epidemiology**  
PHS 302 Global Health**  
POL 220 Research Methods in Policital Science  
POL 321 Public Opinion Polling  
PST 231 Public Administration  
PST 333 Urban Politics**  
SEM 226 Facility Planning and Maintenance Management  
STS 212 Statistics in Application  
STS 327 Statistical Computing**  
 TOTAL20-22 sh
  ** Consult the course descriptions for information on course prerequisites.  

About GIS 460: Advanced GIS (4 sh)

This advanced-level course in GIS will build on the techniques learned in ENS/GEO 350 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems) by exposing students to more advanced methods in developing and utilizing GIS data. It is designed primarily to provide students with an in-depth understanding of GIS applications, the theoretical/conceptual side of algorithms in GIS software, and GIS research trends. Prerequisites: GEO 350 & GEO 356.

GIS Minor Faculty

Coordinator:Honglin Xiao, Associate Professor of History and Geography
Michele Kleckner, Senior Lecturer of Computing Sciences
David Powell, Associate Professor of Computing Sciences
Janet MacFall, Associate Professor of Biology
Betty Morgan, Associate Professor of Political Science
Heidi Frontani, Professor of History and Geography