The minor consists of six core courses and one elective from a series of offerings. The core courses provide a coherent exposure to rigorous spatial thinking and its incorporation into the methodologies of geographic information systems, spatial analysis and spatial data science. The electives consist of a list of courses that touch upon various aspects of spatial thinking, with different degrees of technical materials, and are intended to either act as “gateways” into the minor, or to provide the opportunity for the application of spatial analysis in a range of fields. The sequencing of courses is designed such that students can complete all requirements for the minor in one year of study (provided the statistics pre-requisite has been taken prior).
The capstone course for the minor is GEOG 28000, GIScience Practicum, which may be taken concurrently with GEOG 28602, Geographic Information Science III. Students will develop a multifaceted GIS project incorporating spatial thinking in design, infrastructure, and implementation. Projects could include the development of a web application, dynamic dashboard, interactive storytelling map, infographic-driven policy brief, or research article, and can be carried out in conjunction with a thesis requirement of their major.
Summary of Requirements
GEOG 28202 Geographic Information Science I 100
GEOG 28402 Geographic Information Science II 100
GEOG 28602 Geographic Information Science III 100
GEOG 28000 GIScience Practicum 100
GEOG 20500 Introduction to Spatial Data Science 100
STAT 22000 Statistical Methods + Applications (or equivalent) 100
Total credits 700
Note: many GEOG courses are also cross-listed with SOCI and ENVST.