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Geographic Information Science Minor

Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustain Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 26
The minor in geographic information science has as its core the study and use of geographic information systems (GIS). Central to this program are the theoretical and applied fundamentals of the collection, management, analysis, and representation of spatial data. The program builds on this core by exploring both traditional and novel methods for geo-visualization. Methods include teaching about various remote sensing technologies used to collect and classify remotely sensed data and how to use these technologies, critically discussing the implications of geo-spatial technologies on individuals and society, demonstrating how geo-spatial technologies are used effectively in urban and regional planning processes, and by exploring applications of GIS to environmental, resource and policy/management issues. The minor interweaves well with majors in anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science, criminology, engineering, environmental sciences, geology, history, mathematics, political science, sociology, and statistics.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 3 credits before admission to the program.
To be accepted into the GIS minor program, students must first complete GEOG 2552 and have an overall GPA of at least 2.00. A full understanding of basic computer use is expected. Students following the fall 2011 or earlier degree requirements for majors or minors in: geography, environmental studies, and urban and regional studies are not eligible for the GIS minor, but they can enroll in the GIS Certificate Program. Students following the fall 2012 or later degree requirements for majors or minors in: geography, environment and sustainability, and urban and regional studies may minor in GIS.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
Core (14 cr)
To be accepted into the GIS minor, students must complete GEOG 2552 and have an overall GPA of at least 2.00.
Choose one:
GEOG 1304 - Human Geography [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
Take all of the following:
GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
GIS 3563 - Geographic Information Science I: Theory and Analysis (4.0 cr)
GIS 3564 - Geographic Information Science II: Applied GIS (4.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling at most 12 credit(s) from the following:
· GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization (4.0 cr)
· GIS 3xxx
· GIS 4xxx
· GIS 5xxx
· FORS 3167 - GEOG 3167 Cultural Geography of Iceland (3.0 cr)
· FORS 3205 - GEOG 3205 Mapping in Belize (3.0 cr)
· FORS 3800 - COMM 3800/GEOG 3800 Grassroots Activism in India (4.0 cr)
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