Geographic Information Systems, Minor

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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.

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

    To receive a minor (18 - 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.

Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 19
Major GPA 2.0

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Collect and use geographic data related to physical and human landscape
  2. Provide technical analysis based on GIS or remote sensing tools
  3. Create effective visual representations of data and analyses
  4. Understand geographic relationships in regard to physical and human landscapes


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 20 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    Select three courses from (12 units):Contact the Geography, Planning & Recreation department to be assigned a minor advisor.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.