The minor in Geospatial Information Science for Natural Resources provides students with fundamental geospatial skills in natural resource science and management. Geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing are key tools for the 21st century workforce.

This minor is designed for students desiring to gain technical skills and to increase their employment potential in an applied area. The minor in Geospatial Information Science has a broad interdisciplinary appeal due to the ability to adapt and use these technologies in many disciplines.

For more information on the minor including minor declaration events, please visit the department website.

Effective Fall 2023

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Required Lower Division:
CS 152Python for STEM2
GR 220Mapping, Cartography, and Spatial Thinking3
Required Upper Division:
NR 319Introduction to Geospatial Science4
NR 323/GR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation3
NR 423Applications of Global Positioning Systems1
NR 426Programming for GIS I2
Required Upper Division Applications – select one course from the following:3-4
Spatial Ecology--Applications with R
GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management
Geospatial Project Design and Analysis
Independent Study 1
Upper Division Electives – select from the following courses to reach a minimum of 21 credits total for the minor2-4
Mapping Diverse Perspectives in Conservation
Spatial Ecology--Applications with R 2
Wildlife Habitat Use and Management
Geodetic and Near-Surface Geophysical Methods
Land Change Science and Remote Sensing
GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management 2
Programming for GIS II
Geospatial Project Design and Analysis 2
Geospatial Field Methods in Natural Resources
Seminar--GIS and Remote Sensing Applications
Independent Study 1,2
Program Total Credits:21

NR 495 Independent Study must include geospatial applications and be approved by the minor advisor.


Can be counted if not used to fill "Required Upper Division Applications" category.