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Geographic Information Science Minor

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Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment

22 credits


The minor in Geographic Information Science 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.

Why Consider a Geographic Information Science Minor?

Geographic Information Science combines GIS software, statistical analysis, and cartographic techniques to manage, analyze, and visualize spatial data. This is a rapidly growing field of inquiry that is widely used to solve complex problems in many fields of research, industry, and public policy. The Geographic Information Science Minor provides students with a survey of Geographic Information Science theory and techniques through a flexible suite of courses in GIS, statistics, cartography, and remote sensing.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Grace Wang
Arntzen Hall 212

Huxley College Professional Advisor
Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539

Program Advisor
Aquila Flower
Arntzen Hall 202

 Sample Careers

GIS Technician | GIS Analyst | GIS Manager | Geospatial Analyst | Cartographer | Geographer

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Admission to the GIS Minor is competitive and space is limited. Applicants should complete ENVS 320 prior to applying. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis and are due by November 1st for winter, Februrary 1st for spring, and May 1st for fall. To apply, submit the following by email to Dr. Flower:

  • Letter of intent stating a) why you are interested in completing the GIS Minor, b) how your prior education and work experience has prepared you for the GIS Minor, and c) your career goals.
  • Include your name, major(s), minor(s), year (e.g., Jr.), current GPA, and planned date of graduation.
  • Portfolio: one or two maps that are representative of your GIS analysis and cartographic work.
  • Resume outlining your education and professional history.
  • Unofficial WWU transcripts, plus official transcripts from other institutions if you previously completed relevant coursework at another institution.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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