Geographic Information Science Minor at Iowa STate
The undergraduate minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with opportunities to engage the theory, processes, techniques and tools that use spatial data and computational technology to create cutting-edge analysis and mapping approaches for a wide range of fields, such as urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, design, community development, agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resources, sociology, criminology, anthropology, political science, environmental studies and others. The minor is open to undergraduates in all university majors with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 prior to enrolling.
Students must complete a minimum of 15 undergraduate credits of GIS coursework to receive the minor:
Foundations of GIS – complete the following two courses (6 credits):
GIS Tools and Techniques – choose three courses (9 credits) from the following:
At least six of the 15 credits must be taken at Iowa State University in courses numbered 300 and above with a grade of C or higher. At least nine of the 15 credits must not be used to meet any other college or university requirements except the credit requirement for graduation.
How to add a minor
Students will be able to add the GIS minor at any point during their program of study. To add the major, students must:
For more information, contact Francis Owusu, professor and chair, Community and Regional Planning.