Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Geographic Information Science

The Minor in Geographic Information Science, which is administered by the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, provides a fundamental foundation to the breadth of study within the field of geographic information science.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Science.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences.

Requirements for the Minor in Geographic Information Science

Complete a minimum of 21 credits in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences from the following:

1. Both of the following courses (4 credits):
GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
GEO 221L Introduction to Geographic Information Laboratory 1
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
GEO 490 Independent Study 3
GEO 498 Internship in Geography 3
Both Geography 490 and 498 must have geographic information science, remote sensing, or cartography content to fulfill this requirement. Students should obtain advisor approval prior to enrolling in a section of either of these courses.
3. Complete a minimum of 14 credits from the following courses:
GEO 324 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
GEO 325 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEO 363 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers 3
GEO 419 Application of Geographic Information Systems
 to Natural Resources Management 4
GEO 423 Cartographic Design and Production 4
GEO 424 Advanced Remote Sensing 4
GEO 425 Problems in Geographic Information Science (W) 3
GEO 426 Thematic Cartography 4
GEO 428 Digital Terrain Analysis 4
GEO 453 Metropolitan Environments: Urban Forms and Land Uses 3
Additional courses as approved by the student’s academic advisor.