Minor in Geographic Information Sciences

Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) is an integrative, skills-based discipline that facilitates observation and analysis at global scales, employing a spatial perspective that is useful to many ­disciplines. The minor in GISciences provides students with basic professional skills for conducting spatial analysis, combining conceptual frameworks with technical proficiencies in tools such as geographic information systems, remote sensing, global positioning systems, cartography, and spatial statistics.

The minor works well with a variety of majors from the College of Business and Economics, the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Science and Mathematics. GISciences is a growing field and Towson University is recognized as a GISciences leader in Maryland. Students graduating with GISciences skills are in demand by employers, due to the large number of academic, private, government, and nonprofit organizations that are creating or expanding their GIS capabilities.

The minor is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 21 units of required and elective courses. A maximum of 6 units from other departments may be counted toward the minor, with the approval of the program director. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a GIS internship with a government agency or business.

Required Courses (13 Units)
GEOG 221INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY 3
GEOG 232INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE4
GEOG 323CARTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHICS I3
GEOG 375QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY (or approved statistics course)3
Electives (9 Units)
Select three of the following: 19
INTERPRETATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS
GIS APPLICATIONS (Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems)
PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY (in GIS)
GEOGRAPHY/ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING INTERNSHIP (3 maximum toward minor)
DIRECTED READNG IN GEOGRAPHY (GIS topics)
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY (GIS topics)
Total Units22
1

Other lower- and upper-division computer science courses, as well as GIS applications courses offered by other departments may be considered as ­electives, with the approval of the department chair.