Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Students who pursue a minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) will be ready to claim jobs in a newly emerging and high-demand STEM employment market where geographic data and visualization has become crucial to decision-making in both private industry and public policy. With plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning, you'll develop valuable skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems, including the analysis of remotely sensed (aerial, satellite, and drone) imagery, and complete research projects proposing solutions to real-world problems.

Add the GIS minor to your program of study by emailing Dr. Jeff Torguson or Department Chair Dr. Gareth John to express your interest. 

Program Highlights

  • The latest software for GIS, including ESRI's ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine Suite, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Surfer and and Adobe Creative Suite (cartographic applications).
  • Dedicated GIS laboratory with 27 computers and large dual monitors.
  • Preparation for careers in public and private sectors and study in the country's leading graduate programs.
  • Eight full-time faculty with expertise in GIS, travel and tourism, land surveying, cultural, physical and regional geography.
  • Locale and population that offers a variety of natural features and a range of cultural experiences for field experiences.

Program Distinctions

  • Connection to one of Minnesota's most comprehensive geography programs.
  • Alumni hold major GIS leadership roles in Minnesota, including the position of chief geospatial information officer and the head of application development and GIS services for the department of transportation. A graduate also serves on the state’s Geospatial Advisory Council.

Popular Careers

  • GIS Technician/Programmer/Analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Lidar Analyst
  • GeoDatabase Manager
  • GeoSpatial Analyst

University Facts & Stats

  • 100% of geography graduates employed

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