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Geographic Information Science

This track allows students to develop technical skills in the discipline of geography. The goal is to produce graduates with a feeling for the collection and graphical display of geographical data, and the ability to analyze such data through GIS and Spatial Analysis. The Department's labs provide up to date teaching facilities.

Students selecting this track are required to take 4 of the following courses:

Note: Courses in brackets have been offered rarely (less than once every 2 years).

  • GRG 356 or 356T (when topic is relevant)
  • GRG 360G Environmental Geographic Information Systems
  • GRG 460C The Geographer's Craft
  • GRG 470C Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GRG 360L Spatial Analysis
  • [GRG 360N Computer Applications in Geography]
  • GRG 362K Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GRG 373F Field Techniques
  • GRG 379L Practicum (when appropriate as determined by the Undergraduate Advisor)
  • GRG 679HA and/or 679HB (when related to topic)

To satisfy the core requirements in methods and techniques, students must take two additional courses from the list above and/or the following list:

  • GRG 308 Computer Cartography
  • [GRG 308C Introduction to Computing in Geography]
  • GRG 309 (when topic is a Geographic Technique)
  • GRG 312 Maps and Map Interpretation

Note: In addition to the above, students of GISc must also complete the core requirements in Human Geography and Physical Geography.

Minors for Geographic Information Science

A wide choice of minors is open to students electing this track. See the track advisor for details.


Students interested in geographical techniques may choose additional work in mathematics or statistics. For those students interested in remote sensing, courses in aerospace engineering, physics, or geology would provide useful background. Courses in computer science are valuable to all of the topics.

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