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  Oct 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geographic Techniques Minor


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The Geographic Techniques minor is housed within the department of Geography and Sustainable Planning (www.gvsu.edu/geography) and focuses on expertise in geographic information systems (GIS), environmental remote sensing, and manipulation of spatial digital data. It allows for the analysis of complex geographic relationships essential to understanding underlying social, economic, political, and/or environmental processes.

Reasons to Take Geographic Techniques Minor:

  • An emerging field. Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Marketability. Geospatial technology offers top jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • A competitive edge. Studying these “smart” technologies will give students an edge over peers in the job market.
  • Practical application. Students will learn practical skills that will benefit their future careers.
  • Flexibility. Any major combined with the geospatial technology creates a new hybrid skillset.

Our alumni have found rewarding careers, such as:

  • Environmental specialists
  • Transportation analysts
  • Urban planners
  • Business GIS analysts
  • Regional intelligence analysts
  • Lead digital mappers
  • And within international organizations

Topics

  • Computer cartography
  • Geographic information systems
  • Remote sensing 
  • Digital image processing
  • Environmental, social, and business applications

Requirements for a Minor in Geographic Techniques


Students will complete a minimum of 25 credit hours and gain an enviable — and marketable — set of “smart” tools. This minor is skills-oriented and complements a wide variety of majors. Please contact the Geography and Sustainable Planning department if you have questions about the course order and possible substitutions

Geography and Sustainable Planning Program Description


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