The undergraduate minor in geographic information science requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in geographical and sustainability sciences courses, including 12 s.h. in University of Iowa courses numbered 3000 or above. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.
Geography majors may not earn the minor in geographic information science.
Geographic information science is the study of geography using digital technology. The field uses geographic information systems (computer-based technologies designed to facilitate the capture, organization, analysis, and display of geographic data), remote sensing (primarily interpretation of satellite imagery), and spatial modeling (viewing, analyzing, and mapping spatial data) to study geographic patterns and processes and to examine research on the nature, development, and use of these tools.
The minor requires one core course, three mid-level specialization courses, and an advanced course that builds on one of the three mid-level courses. Students should contact the department secretary to request an advisor for help in selecting the advanced course.
The minor in geographic information science requires the following course work.
|One of these:|
|GEOG:1050||Foundations of GIS||3|
|GEOG:3010||Geographic Information Systems and Science||3|
|Mid-Level Specialization Courses|
|All of these:|
|GEOG:3500||Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing||3|
|GEOG:3520||GIS for Environmental Studies||3|
|GEOG:3540||Introduction to Geographic Visualization||3|
|One of these:|
|GEOG:3570||Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR): Principles and Applications||3|
|GEOG:4020||Field Methods: Mapping and Mobile Computing||3|
|GEOG:4150/GHS:4150||Health and Environment: GIS Applications||3|
|GEOG:4500||Applications in Environmental Remote Sensing||4|
|GEOG:4520||GIS for Environmental Studies: Applications||3|
|GEOG:4570||Spatial Analysis and Location Models||3|
|GEOG:4580||Introduction to Geographic Databases||3|
|GEOG:4650||Simulation in Environmental Geography||3|