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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 2011
  • Required credits in this minor: 24 to 25
  • At present, this program does not include plans to offer the program at other sites. Discussions have included delivery of parts of this program via WEB based courses, but additional staff, faculty and development funds beyond the faculty requirement would be needed to expand the program to off campus sites.
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 computer science, statistics, mathematics, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, criminology, geology, biology, chemistry, engineering, and environmental sciences.
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 GIScience 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 with majors or minors (geography, environmental studies, and urban and regional studies) in the Geography Department are not eligible for the GIScience minor, but they can enroll in the GIScience Certificate Program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
Required courses (24-25 cr)
To be accepted into the GIScience minor program, students must first complete GEOG 2552 and have an overall GPA of at least 2.00.
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)
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 3 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization (4.0 cr)
· GIS 3533 - Multimedia, Animated and Internet Mapping (4.0 cr)
· GIS 3580 - Earth Imagery (4.0 cr)
· GIS 4585 - Applied Statistics in GIS (4.0 cr)
· GIS 5571 - Geographic Information Science in Urban Analysis (4.0 cr)
· GIS 5572 - Environmental Application of GIS (4.0 cr)
· GIS 5573 - GIScience in Regional Sustainability Applications (4.0 cr)
· GIS 5581 - Digital Image Processing and Analysis (4.0 cr)
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