Geographic Information Science (GIS) knowledge and training will give you the advantage to recognize and solve real world problems in your community. Problems that require a specialized skill set to discover and analyze the links between the problems we face as a society and their scientific solutions.

GIS research and practice aims to improve everyday issues that impact Earth’s physical features; air, water, and space.

GIS skills are complementary to careers in

  • Ecology and conservation
  • Earth science
  • Environmental consulting
  • Engineering 
  • Management
  • Business and real estate
  • Defense and homeland security
  • Criminal justice
  • Sociology and social justice
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Emergency management 
  • Computer science

Career paths specific to GIS include

  • Geospatial technician
  • Manager
  • Developer
  • Cartographer
  • Spatial data analyst
  • Imagery analyst 

What You'll Study


The Geographic Information Science (GIS) minor provides students with foundational knowledge and skills in map design, spatial data collection, and analysis. Students access the latest technology, including software, mobile GIS, and drones to solve real-world problems in a variety of fields.



Coursework emphasizes foundational principles of GIScience and Elective coursework to advance GIScience knowledge and skills including:

Foundational Courses

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Programming
  • Cartography and Map Design

Elective Courses

    • Remote Sensing
    • Geospatial Modeling and Analysis
    • Geospatial Techniques in Coastal Change