World map standing out in purple with glowing areas of land

Geographic information system (GIS) minors develop an in-depth understanding of spatial analysis and the art of digital map-making that complements discipline-specific knowledge in many fields.

GIS has become a key method for organizing and interpreting large amounts of data relative to a spatial framework. It is useful in an increasingly large number of applications, such as land-use planning, community development, environmental management, epidemiology, law enforcement, and in the business fields of risk management and marketing. GIS relies on geospatial technologies and research that include internet mapping, in-vehicle navigation systems, digital cartography, imagery taken by airplanes and satellites, spatial analysis and modeling of social and natural processes, and visualization and data mining of complex information.

This minor will improve students' marketability and open up opportunities for intellectual and professional development in a wide variety of fields.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS
20 credit hours
CSCI 105 Introductory Programming (3)
GEOG 231 Geography of the Americas (3)
GEOG 232 World Geography (3)
NSCI 310 Geographic Information Systems (4)
NSCI 311 Geographic Information Systems II (4)
NSCI 380 Global Sustainability (3)


MEET THE FACULTY

Sabrina Brown, Ph.D.
Somnath Dutta, Ph.D.
Mary Ann Studer, Dean of the McMaster School