Minor in Geographical Information Science (GIS)
Geographical Information Science (GIS)
A Geographic information system (GIS) is an integrative approach to helping solve complex problems of inter-linking layers of geographic data. Since the early 1960s, GIS has irrevocably altered the way we capture, analyze, store, and present spatial information GIS is much more than a map-making software application. 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. Contemporary GIS-trained 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 Geography majors/minors with strong GIS background.
GIS is transforming the field of Geography into an interdisciplinary science that integrates many specialty areas.
Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL)
The SAL is located in the Geography Department Suite, in Room 223, 1922 F Street, NW. The laboratory consists of 30 networked PC's, featuring the latest in GIS (ArcMap 10) & Remote Sensing (IMAGINE 10) software. It is strictly reserved for students who are enrolled in geography courses and require use of special software. Opening hours for the lab vary by semester, month and day. Please consult the daily/weekly and monthly calendars.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our GIS Lab
There is a lab manager (Richard Hinton) who supervises the SAL, and will assist with GIS course material. You are strongly urged to bring specific questions (lecture materials or assignments) to him in the SAL during lab hours. Requests for help made in person are more effective those made by phone or email.
If you would like to explore GIS as a minor, you are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework.
You must take all 5 courses (15 credits) from the Techniques Group. In addition, you must take 1 other Geography course to complete the final 3 credit requirement. The choice of final course must be discussed with an advisor.
- GEOG 2104 Introduction to Cartography and GIS (3) Fundamentals of cartography; geographic data structure and information systems.
- GEOG 2105 Techniques of Spatial Analysis (3) Nature of geographical inquiry and analytical methods used in the study of spatial processes and patterns.
- GEOG 2107 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3) Remote-sensing techniques using digital satellite imagery and aerial photography. Application to rural and urban settings, archaeology, and environmental monitoring.
- GEOG 3106 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3) Principles of geographic information systems and their use in spatial analysis and information management .
- GEOG 4121 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3) Integration of GIS, remote sensing, and spatial modeling.
For a more detailed description of these courses, and the appropriate sequencing, please read the following:
Focal GIS & Remote Sensing Courses (Adobe PDF)
If you have further questions or want to fill out a Minor Declaration Form, please contact:
Prof. Ryan Engstrom (GIS Minor Advisor)
Mr. Richard Hinton (GIS Minor Advisor)