Undergraduate Minor - Minor in Geographic Information Science

Program:
Minor in Geographic Information Science
Program Code:
7672 Geographic Information Science
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Minor Undergraduate
Start Term:
FS08
Department:
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

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.


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Geographic Information Science, MNUN (7672)

Required Credits: 20    Program Version: FS14

Requirement 1: Minor - Geographic Information Sciences - Introduction
Minor - Geographic Information Sciences - Introduction: 2 courses from GEO221, GEO221L

Requirement 2: Minor - Geographic Information Sciences - Independent Study/Internship
Minor - Geographic Information Sciences - Independent Study/Internship: 1 course from GEO490, GEO498

Requirement 3: Minor - Geographic Information Sciences - Electives
Minor - Geographic Information Sciences - Electives: 14 credits from GEO324, GEO325, GEO363, GEO419, GEO423, GEO424, GEO425, GEO426, GEO428, GEO453

Requirement 4
20 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.