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The Geographic Information Systems Minor is designed to prepare students with the basic training necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of geographic information science. The curriculum in the minor is multidisciplinary in content and interdisciplinary in approach, drawing on a variety of geographic and computational science components. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an integrative approach to help solving complex spatial problems in most professional fields and at different scales. GIS has irrevocably altered the way we capture, store, analyze, and visualize spatial information. Although it has its roots in cartography and the graphical display of information, its breadth spans from geographic data acquisition, geospatial database construction and management, spatial analysis, and geovisualization. Public and private sector organizations work with an overwhelming amount of spatial data in their day-to-day operations. With so much spatial information, GIS has become essential to the effective operation of both public and private organizations.
Employment opportunities are limitless for students who are proficient in this interdisciplinary field. GIS professionals work in places like government agencies, utility companies, marketing firms, non-profit organizations, and publishing companies. Federal government agencies such as NGA, FEMA, USGS, DOD, EPA, and NASA routinely recruit individuals with strong GIS backgrounds.
For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of this catalog.
To receive this minor, students must complete 18 to 20 credits in geography. Of those, 8 credits must be unique to the minor, with a minimum GPA of 2.00:
Four Required Courses (12 credits)
GGS 110 – Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies Credits: 3
GGS 300 – Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis Credits: 3
GGS 311 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
GGS 463 – Applied Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
Two Elective Courses (6–8 credits)
GGS 308 – Field Mapping Techiniques Credits: 3
GGS 310 – Introduction to Digital Cartography Credits: 4
GGS 354 – Data Analysis and Global Change Detection Techniques Credits: 3
GGS 410 – Introduction to Hyperspectral Imaging Credits: 3
GGS 411 – Advanced Digital Cartography Credits: 3
GGS 412 – Air Photography Interpretation Credits: 3
GGS 416 – Satellite Image Analysis Credits: 3
GGS 480 – GGS Internship Credits: 1-3
CS 112 – Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4
With departmental permission, one course with significant geographic information systems (GIS) content may be used as an elective course
Please see the GMU Catalog Entry for the GIS Minor for other program details. Students admitted in previous years may have different degree requirements, listed in the archived catalogs (See below).