Geospatial Information Science Minor

Minor in Geospatial Information Science

The Minor in Geospatial Information Science provides a formal introduction to foundational concepts, principles, and tools for gathering, storing, processing, analyzing, viewing, and portraying geospatial data. Practical applications and problem solving are stressed.

The minor is open to all majors in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. The choice of electives enables students to specialize in an area of academic interest that complements their disciplinary major.

Students may earn a Minor in Geospatial Information Science by completing 30 credits, with at least 18 at the 300 or 400 level, as follows:

  • 9 credits of core courses: GISC 380, GISC 381, and GISC 480;
  • 21 credits of elective courses, with no more than 6 credits at the 100-level1 and with no more than 12 elective credits from a single discipline2 that is the same as the major, from the following list:
    • APSC 1693;
    • COSC 101, 111, 121, 222, 304, 341, 360, 404, 435, 4484;
    • DATA 101, 301;
    • EESC 111, 413, 437, 444, 4484;
    • ENGR 3323;
    • GEOG 109, 1293, 2715, 272, 4273, 437, 4984

1First-year electives can only be counted toward the GIS Minor by students not majoring in the discipline of the subject code (e.g., an EESC major may not count EESC 111 for the GIS Minor, but a COSC or GEOG major may do so).

2For the purposes of the GIS Minor, a discipline is identified by the subject code (e.g., GEOG, EESC) with COSC and DATA combined as one discipline and ASPC and ENGR combined as another discipline.

3For the purposes of the GIS Minor only, these courses will be counted as science credits.

4Directed studies courses (3 credits only) can be counted toward the GIS Minor only if pre-approved by the program coordinator based on sufficient GIS content and learning potential.

5Any equivalent course dealing with introductory statistical methods can be substituted (e.g. APSC 254, BIOL 202, PSYO 270, SOCI 271, STAT 230).

Double Counting of Credits restrictions apply. See Program Requirements.

Queries related to the GIS Minor should be addressed to the program coordinator.

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