Geographic Information Systems

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

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 two components to the curriculum: a set of core courses required of all students enrolled in the program, and a set of selective courses that permit exploration of more advanced themes in GIS and/or development of individual research projects or internships in GIS.

Requirements for a Minor in Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Geographical 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 Spacial World
  • GEO 121 Global Physical Movements
Capstone Project 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 Economics 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 Environmental Change
  • ISC 245 Fundamentals of Data
  • MKT 416 Global Marketing
  • PHS 301 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PHS 302 Global Health
  • POL 220 Research Methods in Political 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
Total: 20 sh

GIS 460 Advanced GIS (4 sh)

This advanced-level course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will build on the techniques learned in ENS/GEO 250 (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 250 & GEO 356.

This page was updated June 27, 2014.