Geographic Information Systems


Minor in Geographic Information Systems
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


Dr. Richard Peterson (Chair)

Minor Description

A student with a major in the Department of Environmental Studies or 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 analysis 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) analysis 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 analysis. 
  10. Gather and process original data using a Global Positioning System (GPS) or other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). 

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.

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.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 30, 2015.  *Addendum published January 29, 2016.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.