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Geographic Information Science Minor

Sustainability, natural resources, insurance, banking, national security, supply chains, local government. You name the career or interest area, and GIS is a relevant skill.  Adding a GIS skillset to your resume will help you stand out in any recruitment pool. By signing up for a GIS minor, you'll receive fundamental training in mapping, geospatial analysis and modeling as well as statistical methods. Most of the courses you'll take include lab components to give you hands-on training with different GIS technologies used in professional contexts.


The GIS minor consists of 18 total credits. including:


There are two versions of the minor for current and prospective students. Determine your curriculum plan based on the semester you declared the minor. 

“Geographic Information Science Minor Program Form (SP24 and Forward)”

“Geographic Information Science Minor Program Form (AU23 and Before)”

As a GIS student, you are pursuing an education that integrates spatial data analytics, data visualization, and design skills.   

Possible major combinations include:

  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environment, Ecology, Development, and Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy and Decision Making
  • Environmental Science 
  • Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Natural Resource Management

Possible career opportunities include:

  • Geospatial Analyst or Consultant
  • GIS Software Developer
  • Market Researcher or Analyst
  • Location/Site Selection Expert
  • Business Analyst
  • Mapping Technician
  • Cartographer for Federal Agencies (USGS, NGA, USFS, etc.)
  • Local Government GIS Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Transportation Manager