Geographic Information Systems Minor

Geology and Environmental Sciences 
Office:150 Houghton Hall 

(716) 673-3303

Erica Simoson, Coordinator

Email: geographicinformation.systems@fredonia.edu

Website: https://www.fredonia.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-liberal-arts-sciences/interdisciplinary

The objective of the Geographic Information Systems minor is to provide an interdisciplinary educational experience that prepares undergraduate students to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within their chosen fields of study. A GIS is a computer-based system, comprised of both hardware and software that enables the collection, integration, analysis, and graphic display of geographically referenced data. It is estimated that as much as 85 percent of a government agency’s data is geographic, including, at a minimum, street addresses, political boundaries, postal codes, and latitude and longitude coordinates. Private sector organizations also work with an overwhelming amount of similar kinds of data in their day-to-day operations. With so much geographically based information, GIS has become essential to the effective operation of both public and private organizations.

The minor will prepare students for careers or graduate study in virtually all areas of the public or private sector where GIS is increasingly in use and critical for efficient management, comprehensive policy analysis, cost-effective decision making, and GIS display and processing. The curriculum in the minor is multidisciplinary in content and interdisciplinary in approach, drawing on a variety of disciplines and departments. Service learning is incorporated into several GIS courses and can be a focus of the GIS practicum experience. Students are strongly encouraged to attend a regional and/or state GIS conference with the GIS faculty and other students in the minor.

Minor Requirements

Some courses require prerequisites.  Click on any hyperlinked course for additional information. 

Students are required to take 25 credit hours (a minimum of 15 credit hours outside of their major) from among the following courses:

Core Courses:

CSIT 101Programming with 3-D Graphics and Multimedia

3

or

CSIT 105Visual BASIC I

3

or

CSIT 107Web Programming I

3

or

CSIT 121Computer Science I

3

 

GIS 201Geographic Information Systems I

3

GIS 301Geographic Information Systems II

3

GEO 301Cartography

4

 

GIS 450Directed Study

1-3

or

GIS 480Independent Study

3

or

GIS 490Internship

1-6

Total Credit Hours:16

Elective Courses Social Science Focus:

Students with the natural sciences focus should take GIS 350 Remote Sensing and Image Processing and two additional courses as advised by the coordinator.

Examples of possible electives include:

BUAD 325Principles of Marketing

3

ECON 380Environmental/Natural Resource Economics

3

GIS 401Special Topics in Geographic Information Systems

3

POLI 311Fundamentals of Public Administration

3

SOC 215Introduction to Public Health

3

Statistics as advised

Total Credit Hours:9

Elective Courses Natural Science Focus:

Students with the natural sciences focus should take GIS 350 Remote Sensing and Image Processing and two additional courses as advised by the coordinator.

Examples of possible electives include:

BIOL 330Ecology

3

CSIT 205Visual BASIC II

3

or

CSIT 207Web Programming II

3

or

CSIT 221Computer Science II

3

ESCI 410Environmental Assessment

3

GEO 330Geomorphology

4

GIS 401Special Topics in Geographic Information Systems

3

Statistics as advised

Total Credit Hours:9

Students with the social sciences focus should take GIS 360 Mapping the Social World and two additional courses as advised by the coordinator.

Total Credit Hours: 25