GIS Minor

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The Huxley Spatial Institute offers a GIS Minor, GIS Certificate, and a BA in Environmental Studies with a GIS Emphasis. The GIS Minor is a subset of the GIS Certificate. Admission to these programs is by APPLICATION only. Some upper division GIS courses are restricted to GIS Certificate students only. Contact Dr. Aquila Flower for more information. 

Geographic Information Science MINOR

Required courses (with a grade of C- or better):

  • One of the following INTRODUCTORY GIS Courses (3-4 credits):
    • ENVS-320     GIS I: Introduction to GIScience (4) (this is the preferred option)
    • GEOL-213     GIS in Geology (3)
  • One of the following INTERMEDIATE GIS Courses (3-4 credits):
    • ENVS-419     Applications in GIS (3)
    • ENVS-420     GIS III: Analysis and Modeling (5) (this is the preferred option)
  •   GIS ELECTIVES from the list below to bring your total credits in the Minor to at least 22
    • CSCI-141      Computer Programming I (4)
    • ENVS-201     Environmental Data and Information (3)
    • ENVS-221     Geographic Information Science Survey (3)
    • ENVS-418     GIS II: Cartography and Geovisualization (5)
    • ENVS-322     Analysis of Spatial Data (4)
    • ENVS-421     GIS IV: Advanced GIS Applications (5)
    • ENVS-422     Advanced Spatial Analysis (4)
    • ENVS-423     GIS Processing and Analysis (3)
    • ENVS-499O  Professional Geographer (1)
    • ENVS-499Q  Topics in GIS Seminar (1, repeatable w/different topics)
    • ESCI-442       Introduction to Remote Sensing (5)
    • ENVS-495      Teaching Practicum (1-2, repeatable)
    • ENVS-498     Internship, Thesis, or Project w/GIS focus (up to 4 credits)


The Geographic Information Science Minor provides students with training in Geographic Information Science theory and techniques. Through a series of courses in GIS, statistics, and remote sensing, students will gain skills in the development, management, analysis, and visualization of spatial data. Many classes are offered only once per year and must be taken in sequence, so careful planning with an advisor is recommended.

To apply for the GIS Minor see: APPLICATION

Admission to the GIS Minor program is competitive and space may be limited. 

Applicants should complete ENVS-320 prior to applying. Applications are due by Nov. 1 (for winter quarter), Feb. 1 (for spring quarter), and May 1 (for fall quarter).

Contact  Dr. Aquila Flower for more information.


Priority enrollment for ENVS-420 (GIS III: Analysis and Modeling) and beyond (ENVS-421ENVS-422, etc.), is given to students who have been accepted into the GIS Certificate program. Once GIS Certificate students have enrolled any additional seats will be open to GIS Minors and/or general registration.   

GIS Certificate students may also receive the GIS Minor and classes can be double-counted for both degrees (but must declare as such).