Geographical Information Science is a multidisciplinary inquiry into the effective use of geographic data, systems, and methods to inform decision-making concerning diverse aspects of human interactions with each other and with the environment. Geographic data are being created by governments, corporations, civil society institutions, and individuals in dizzying quantities and can be applied to the study of problems ranging across many environmental, social, political, and economic topics including but not limited to urban planning, business operations, health planning, community organization, criminology, and ecology. There is growing demand among employers for people who understand how to manage and apply geographic information and this can be helpful when seeking co-op or graduate placements as well as longer term employment.
Geographic Information Science (Minor: Arts)
The Minor Program in Geographical Information Science is designed to provide students with both theoretical foundations and practical skills to apply GIS methods, tools, and data in their research and practical problem solving. Learning to work with geographic information systems and explain results obtained using them will also strengthen your abilities to work with, understand, and explain empirical evidence.