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. The curriculum in the minor is multidisciplinary in content and interdisciplinary in approach, drawing on a variety of geographic and computational science components. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an integrative approach to help solving complex spatial problems in most professional fields and at different scales. GIS has irrevocably altered the way we capture, store, analyze, and visualize spatial information. Although it has its roots in cartography and the graphical display of information, its breadth spans from geographic data acquisition, geospatial database construction and management, spatial analysis, and geovisualization. Public and private sector organizations work with an overwhelming amount of spatial data in their day-to-day operations. With so much spatial information, GIS has become essential to the effective operation of both public and private organizations.
Employment opportunities are limitless for students who are proficient in this interdisciplinary field. GIS professionals work in places like government agencies, utility companies, marketing firms, non-profit organizations, and publishing companies. Federal government agencies such as NGA, FEMA, USGS, DOD, EPA, and NASA routinely recruit individuals with strong GIS backgrounds.
Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.
Total credits: 18-20
Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.
All coursework must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
|GGS 110||Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies||3|
|GGS 300||Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis||3|
|GGS 311||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GGS 463||RS: Applied Geographic Information Systems||3|
|Select 6-8 credits from the following: 1||6-8|
|Field Mapping Techniques|
|Introduction to Digital Cartography|
|Data Analysis and Global Change Detection Techniques|
|Introduction to Hyperspectral Imaging|
|Advanced Digital Cartography|
|Air Photography Interpretation|
|Satellite Image Analysis|
|Special Topics in Geographic Techniques|
|Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)|
|Computing for Scientists (Mason Core)|
With departmental permission, one course with significant geographic information systems (GIS) content may be used as an elective.