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Geospatial Technologies (Undergraduate Minor)


A minor in Geospatial Technologies provides knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and spatial analyses. The tools offered by these technologies are essential in the acquisition, integration, and analysis of geographically-referenced data and applicable to a wide array of environmental issues at local to global scales. Complementing their major field of study, an enhanced understanding of geospatial technology will provide students with the expertise necessary to meet the demands of their diverse careers in the global workplace.

Specific Requirements

College or School Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Department Geography
Civil Engineering Program
Requirements Five courses (fifteen credits and at least 9 credit hours must be at 100-level or above) which must include one course in Geospatial Technologies:

Required Courses (3):
1) Introduction to Geospatial Technologies (select one course)
NR 25 - Measurement and Mapping of Natural Resources
GEOG 81 - Geotechniques
CE 10/CE 12 - Geomatics/Lab
ENSC 130 - Global Environmental Assessment
GEOL 151 - Geomorphology - cross listed as GEOG 144

2) GIS (any one GIS course)
GEOG 184 - Geographic Information: Concepts and Applications, or
NR 143 - Introduction to GIS; and one from Remote Sensing

3) Remote Sensing (select one course)
NR 146 - Remote Sensing of Natural Resources, or
GEOG 185 - Remote Sensing

Any Two Elective Courses
Either two from Group A or one course from Group A and Group B

Group A
NR 243 - GIS Practicum
NR 245 - Advanced Spatial Methods
GEOG 204 - Spatial Analysis
GEOG 281a - Satellite Climatology/Land Surface Applications
GEOG 281b - Advanced GIS Applications

Group B
CS 14 - Visual Basic Programming
CS 16 - MATLAB Programming
CDAE 101 - Computer Aided Drafting and Design


Variable, depending on upper level courses chosen

Required courses:

NR 25 requires instructor's permission for non-NR majors
CE 10 and CE 12 requires CEE sophomore standing or permission of instructor
GEOG 184 requires GEOG 81 or NR 25 or equivalent course
ENSC 130 requires ENSC 1 or instructor's permission
GEOL 151 requires GEOL 1 or GEOL 55

Elective courses (Group A and B):

NR 243 requires either a) NR 143 or b) GEOG 184 and ArcGIS experience (or permission of instructor)
NR 245 requires an introductory GIS course and one statistics course
GEOG 204 requires senior standing with 9 hours of geography or instructor's permission
GEOG 281a requires GEOG 185 or NR 146
GEOG 281b requires GEOG 184 or NR 143
CS 16 requires concurrent enrollment in MATH 20 or MATH 22
CDAE 101 requires CDAE 1 or instructor's permission
Other Information Geography majors who undertake the Geospatial Technologies minor are required to complete 30 hours Geography and 15 hours towards the Geospatial Technologies minor. Geography 081 (Geotechniques) may be used to count towards both the major and the minor. However, students are still required to complete 30 credit hours of Geography courses.