Degree Programs

Geographic Information Science Minor at Iowa STate

The undergraduate minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with opportunities to engage the theory, processes, techniques and tools that use spatial data and computational technology to create cutting-edge analysis and mapping approaches for a wide range of fields, such as urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, design, community development, agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resources, sociology, criminology, anthropology, political science, environmental studies and others. The minor is open to undergraduates in all university majors with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 prior to enrolling.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 undergraduate credits of GIS coursework to receive the minor:

Foundations of GIS – complete the following two courses (6 credits):

  • CRP 251X: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credits), Fall, Spring, Summer
  • CRP 351X: Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3 credits), Fall, Spring, Summer

GIS Tools and Techniques – choose three courses (9 credits) from the following:

  • CRP 452: Geographic Data Management and Planning Analysis (3 credits), Spring
  • CRP 454: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (3 credits), Spring
  • CRP 456: GIS Programming and Automation (3 credits), Fall
  • CRP 457X: GeoGames for Civic Engagement (3 credits), Spring
  • CRP 458: Web Mapping/GIS (3 credits), Fall
  • NREM 345: Natural Resource Photogrammetry and Photo-Interpretation (3 Credits), Fall
  • NREM 546: Integrating GPS and GIS for Natural Resource Management (3 Credits), Spring
  • GEOL 452: GIS for Geoscientists I (3 credits), Fall
  • GEOL 488: GIS for Geoscientists II (3 credits), Spring

At least six of the 15 credits must be taken at Iowa State University in courses numbered 300 and above with a grade of C or higher. At least nine of the 15 credits must not be used to meet any other college or university requirements except the credit requirement for graduation.

How to add a minor
Students will be able to add the GIS minor at any point during their program of study. To add the major, students must:

  • Discuss their interest in the minor with their academic adviser.
  • Fill out a university Request for Minor Form, which must be signed by the student, the student's adviser, and the chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning. It is recommended that this form be completed at least one semester prior to graduation.

For more information, contact Francis Owusu, professor and chair, Community and Regional Planning.