minor in Geographic Information Science


The main goal behind starting a minor in Geographic Information Science is to provide students from different backgrounds with the capacity to apply GIS in their area of knowledge and to enhance their skills in a rapidly expanding market of computer-based technology.
Geographic Information Systems has been growing at an extraordinary rate. In fact, computer cartography has revolutionized traditional cartography to vastly improve map making and visualization of geographic information in a multimedia environment.
Geographic Information Systems includes Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems and Remote Sensing:

  • A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist, and events that happen on earth. GIS technology is a special case of information systems where database consists of features, activities, or events that are definable in space as points, lines, or areas.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite system that allows users to collect precise geographic data for use in mapping.
  • Remote sensing refers to any technique whereby information about objects and the environment is obtained from a distance with the aid of aircrafts and satellites.

There is a strong demand for people who are trained in Geographic Information Systems and this minor will assist the students in finding a large variety of jobs in this rapidly growing field.
Students declaring this minor will receive extensive training in processing vector and raster data, making spatial analysis, GIS modeling, and displaying the information products in a professional cartographic way. Thus, the GIS minor will not only provide the fundamentals of GIS to students without any previous knowledge of GIS, but will prepare them for careers in virtually all areas of the public or private sector where GIS is increasingly in use.
In short:

  • GIS is very useful for efficient management, thorough policy analysis and cost-effective decision making.
  • GIS is a powerful planning and maintenance tool for any business or engineering project.
  • GIS mapping, editing and geo-processing is widely deployed in the defense industry and in many social, political and environmental studies.

The multidisciplinary nature of the geographic information systems allows students from any field of study─ i.e. whose majors include engineering, natural and applied sciences, business, management, marketing, public administration, social sciences, political science, architecture, education and others─ to declare this minor.

Admission Requirements
General requirements for admission to this minor are those of the University policy on Undergraduate Academic Minors. No additional requirements are needed.

Pool of Courses
CSC 318 or GIS 211; GIS 311; GIS 331 or GIS 352; GIS 331 or GIS 441; GIS 321 or GIS 452

Graduation Requirements & Suggested Schedule
To satisfy the graduation requirements of a minor in Geographic Information Science, a student must pass five courses from the pool of courses as follows:

“D” is the passing grade for each course, and the minor should be completed with a GPA of 2.0.