Geographic Information Systems


Dr. Pamela Morgan (Chair)

Degree name
Minor in Geographic Information Systems

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program ( ) and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.

Minor Description

A student with a major in another department may minor in Geographic Information Systems with the approval of the Environmental Studies Department Chair.  A minimum of eighteen hours of approved course credit in the following courses is required:

Program Required Courses  
GIS 161 - GIS I: Fundamentals of Geospatial Science & Technology 3
GIS 162 - GIS II: Application of Geospatial Science & Technology 3
GIS 224/224L - Remote Sensing/Remote Sensing Lab 4
GIS 265 - Global Positioning Systems (optional)  2
GIS 364/364L - Spatial Analysis/Spatial Analysis Lab 3-4
GIS 495 - GIS Internship (Variable Credit) 3+

Learning Outcomes

  1. Comprehends fundamental concepts and practices of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and advances in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIS&T). 
  2. Applies basic graphic and data visualization concepts such as color theory, symbolization, and use of white space. 
  3. Demonstrates organizational skills in file and database management. 
  4. Give examples of interdisciplinary applications of Geospatial Information Science and Technology. 
  5. Apply GIS analyses to address geospatial problems and/or research questions. 
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of GIS tools to create maps that are fit-for-purpose and effectively convey the information they are intended to. 
  7. Effectively communicate and present project results in oral, written, and graphic forms. 
  8. Demonstrate confidence in undertaking new (unfamiliar) analyses using GIS, troubleshoot problems in GIS, and seek help from software/website help menus and the GIS community to solve problems. 
  9. Apply mathematical concepts, including statistical methods, to data to be used in geospatial analyses. 
  10. Gather and process original data using a Global Positioning System (GPS) or other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). 

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.