The Geospatial Technology Minor will give students basic proficiency with the various processes and equipment that captures, stores, manipulates, analyzes, manages, and presents spatial/geographic data using geographic information systems (GIS).
Students of any major can take this degree to develop a secondary set of skills to expand their career prospects.
Requirements for the Geospatial Technology Minor
Students wishing to pursue the Geospatial Technology Minor must take 18 semester credit hours, including the following:
One of the Following Two Courses
GE 101 Introduction to Geography (3 Semester Hours)
Course serves as an introductory survey of geography. Students will learn about the interrelationships between the physical geography of the world and the patterns of adjustments and adaptations which humans have made to the natural environment. OR
GE 200 World Geography (3 Semester Hours)
Students will learn how to approach global analysis from a geographical perspective. Focuses on a variety of regions around the globe, students will explore the geographical structure of those regions. Special care will be taken to emphasize the connection between the geographical structure and the historical and economic development of a certain region.
GT 101 Introduction to Cartography & GIS (2 Semester Hours)*
Course is a presentation of the theoretical foundations of cartography and geographic information systems. Students will explore these through a discussion of basic principles and hands-on, computer based, laboratory applications leading to introductory competency in GIS. *Students should take this course along with the lab, GT 101L Introduction to Cartography & GIS (1 Semester Hours)
GT 120 Introduction to Spatial Analysis (2 Semester Hours)*
Students will build on previously acquired GIS skills, utilizing spatial data models and spatial database functions to explore terrain analysis, thematic mapping, and data quality in the context of applied issues like land use planning, environmental management, site analysis, and demographic mapping. *Students should take this course along with the lab, GT 120L Introduction to Spatial Analysis Lab (1 Semester Hour)
Students must take three courses from the Geospatial Minor Group 1 offering. Courses must equal 9 semester credit hours:
GT 210 Remote Sensing (2 Semester Hours)*
GT 220 Spatial Analysis & Modeling (2 Semester Hours)*
GT 230 Data Acquisition & Management (2 Semester Hours)*
GT 240 Environment Applications (2 Semester Hours)*
* Students should take these courses along with their accompanying 1 semester hour labs.