College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Geographic Information Systems, Minor

There are good reasons that GIS technology has been called “geography on steroids.” Students in this minor follow a well-structured framework that includes mapping, spatial analysis, programming, modeling, etc., and highlights ways that GIS systems can be used in business, government, and research.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Geographic Information Systems?

The study of geography begins with exploration of the physical environment and includes cultural, political, and social landscapes. People who can think spatially about where things are in relation to other things are highly sought after in both the public and private sectors. A minor in Geographic Information Science can add depth to your education and give you marketable career skills. This minor will introduce you to GIS data analysis and cartography, remote sensing, area studies, and other tools to help you understand the web of connections between earth and humankind.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Major GPA 2.0


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 20 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:Contact the Geography, Planning & Recreation department to be assigned a minor advisor.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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