The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) minor introduces students to the concepts and theory of GIS, and helps them to develop the practical skills necessary when using basic GIS software in a variety of applications.
Courses include three in using ArcGIS software, in addition to remote sensing, GPS, and geodatabases. Each course in the minor is a combination of both lecture and lab. In the lectures, conceptual elements are explained. Labs provide students with first-hand experience in critical thinking, data input and management, methods of analyses, and final map and report presentations.