Minor in Geographic Information Science

Spatial thinking deals with the fundamental role of space, place, location, distance and interaction – crucial to tackling many research questions in the social and physical sciences. The Minor in Geographic Information Science provides a coherent exposure to rigorous spatial thinking and its expression through the theories and methods of Geographic Information Science.

Geographic Information Science covers all aspects pertaining to accessing, storing, transforming, manipulating, visualizing, exploring and reasoning about information where the locational component is important (spatial data). This includes the technical and computational aspects of geographic information systems, the methodologies of spatial analysis and spatial statistics, mapping and geo-visualization, as well as societal aspects related to the use of geographic data.

The minor serves as a complement to other majors, such as computer science, statistics, data science, economics, public policy, sociology, anthropology, political science, environmental and urban studies, but would also be of value to majors in the humanities and physical sciences interested in the spatial aspects of their field.

The courses in the minor are open to Geography majors, but the Minor cannot be taken concurrently with a Geography Major.

Program Requirements

Advising and Grading



Undergraduate Primary Contact
Faculty Director
Luc Anselin
421 SSRB

Administrative Contact
Program Administrator
Jamie Gentry