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Geospatial Technologies Minor

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With the advent of high resolution satellite imagery, desktop software for GIS and remote sensing, and inexpensive GPS receivers, geospatial technologies are currently on the forefront of a revolution which incorporates huge volumes of data from a multitude of sources tied to a location on the Earth and analyzes that data using new and innovative methods which incorporate relationships in time and space. The application of these technologies is no longer limited to the military and federal government; the applications are unlimited and the market for this technology is booming. Geospatial technologies provide new and evolving expertise for addressing the major environmental issues of our time by transforming data into geographically-referenced information.

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.

Required Coursework

The courses for the minor include three required courses and at least two elective courses for a minimum of 15 required credits. At least 9 credit hours must be at the 100-level or above. At least half of the courses (8 credits) used to satisfy the minor must be taken at UVM.

Required Courses (3)

1) Introduction to Geospatial Technologies (select one course)
    CE 10 Geomatics (4 credits)
    NR 25 Measurement and Mapping of Natural Resources (4 credits) Fall
    GEOG 81 Geotechniques (3 credits)
    ENSC 130 Global Environmental Assessment (3 credits) Spring
    GEOL 151 Geomorphology (3 credits) cross-listed as GEOG 144

2) Geographic Information Systems (select one course)**
    NR 143 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credits) Fall and Spring
    GEOG 184 Geographic Information: Concepts and Applications (3 credits)

3) Remote Sensing (select one course)**
    FOR 146/NR 146 Remote Sensing of Environment (3 credits)
    GEOG 185 Remote Sensing (3 credits)

** Courses suggested for Juniors

Elective Courses (2)
(Select either two courses from Group A or one course each from Group A and Group B.)

Group A
    GEOG 287 Spatial Analysis (3 credits) Alternating Spring
    NR 245 Integrating GIS and Statistics (3 credits) Alternating Spring
    NR 243 GIS Practicum (3 credits) Fall
    GEOG 281a Satellite Climatology/Land Surface Applications (3 credits)
    GEOG 281b Advanced GIS Applications (3 credits)
    NR 242 Advanced Techniques in Geospatial Science (1-3 credits) Fall and Spring

Group B
    CS 14 Visual Basic Programming (3 credits)
    CDAE 101 Computer Aided Drafting and Design (3 credits)
    CS 42 Dynamic Data on the Web (3 credits)
    CS 148 Database Design for the Web (3 credits)
    CS 21 Programming in Python (3 credits) *
    ENGR 2 Graphical Communication (3 credits)
    CS 95 Database Application Development using Access (3 credits) *
    CS 189 CS for Geospatial Technologies (offered irregularly) *

Note: Geography majors who undertake the Geospatial Technologies minor are required to complete 30 hours of 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.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) majors with an Environmental Resources concentration can only double count one course toward a minor and major.

* New Geospatial Technology Courses
A number of courses have recently been approved for the GST minor. Since these courses may not be listed in the UVM course catalog for the GST minor, you will need to work with your academic unit during your senior records check for graduation to ensure that the required CATS modifications have been completed. Check with the appropriate participating faculty for your academic unit.

GST Minor Coordinator: TBD

Participating Faculty

RSENR: Jennifer Pontius, Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, Ernie Buford, Walter Poleman
GEOGRAPHY: Beverley Wemple, Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Shelly Rayback, Meghan Cope
GEOLOGY: Paul Bierman
CIVIL ENGINEERING: Donna Rizzo
COMPUTER SCIENCE: Alison Pechenick, Robert Erickson
LIBRARY: Bill Gill

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