Geographic Information Science

Students who pursue a minor in geographic information sciences will be ready to claim jobs in a global atmosphere where geographic knowledge is rapidly becoming more important to the interaction of humans with the environment. You'll learn to use the latest hardware and software and the newest research methods to build marketable skills in mapping, aerial photo, satellite image interpretation and Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Add the GIS minor to your program of study by emailing Dr. Jeff Torguson 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.
  • 10 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 leadership roles in GIS in Minnesota, including positions as 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

  • 94% of geography graduates employed

  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered

  • 2021 Military Friendly® Top 10 School designation

  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants

  • More than 600 student veterans and active military enrolled

  • $4.8 million HD TV broadcasting renovation

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