Minor in 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.
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 of18 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 .
GIS Minor Elective
GIS minor students will have the opportunity to choose their advanced class from a series of GIS electives designed to meet the advanced/applied techniques requirements of both the GIS Minor and the graduate GIS Certificate.
These classes are as follows:
GEOG 6307: Digital Image Processing (Spring)
GEOG 6293: Open Source GIS (Spring)
GEOG 6309: GIS for Emergency Management (Fall)
GEOG 6293: Programming for Geographic Applications (Fall)
GEOG 6293: Geovizualization and Cartography (Fall)
For a more detailed description of these courses, and the appropriate sequencing, please read the following:
If you have further questions or want to fill out a Minor Declaration Form, please contact: