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EIU Department of Biological Sciences

GIS Minor

Geographic Information Systems are an ever expanding tool used in mapping and developing management plans at all levels of environmental management. The GIS minor complements the Environmental Biology (EVB) degree, as many classes can count towards your EVB electives.

This minor provides students with an integrated program of study that allows them to acquire the fundamentals of current mapping methodologies. With diverse needs for precise, timely acquisition of spatial data, its analysis and cartographic presentation, the curriculum allows students to strengthen their marketability by training them with the fundamental understanding of spatial data analysis using the industry standards for both software and hardware.

A total of 21 semester hours are required to complete this minor:

6 semester hours from: 

  • GEO 3810 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
  • GEO 3820 - Remote Sensing I. Credits: 3

9 semester hours from:

  • BIO 4820 - Spatial Analysis for Environmental Sciences. Credits: 4 (See Footnote *)
  • GEO 3800 - Introduction to Cartography. Credits: 3 (See Footnote **)
  • GEO 3830 - GIS: Building Geodatabases. Credits: 3
  • GEO 3850 - GPS: Mapping the Modern Way. Credits: 3
  • GEO 3860 - Geographic Information Systems II. Credits: 3
  • GEO 3865 - Advanced Cartography. Credits: 3
  • GEO 3870 - Remote Sensing II. Credits: 3
  • GEO 40003 - Techniques Seminar. Credits: 1-3
  • GEO 4910 - GIS Programming. Credits: 4

6 semester hours from:

  • BIO 5380 - Landscape Ecology. Credits: (See Footnote *)
  • BIO 3451A - Undergraduate Research I. Credits: 1 to 3
        or BIO 3451B - Undergraduate Research II. Credits: 1 to 2 (See Footnote *)
  • BIO 4840 - Resource Managment and Environmental Assessment. Credits: 3 (See Footnote *)
  • GEO 3780 - Land Use Planning. Credits: (See Footnote ***)
  • GEO 3875 - Field Methods. Credits: 3 (See Footnote ***)
  • GEO 42851 - Internship in Geography I. Credits: 1 to 6
        or GEO 42852 - Internship in Geography II. Credits: 1 to 6
        or GEO 42853 - Internship in Geography III. Credits: 1 to 6 (See Footnote ***)
  • GEO 3430 - Structural Geology. Credits: 3
  • GEO 3440 - Tectonics. Credits: 3
  • GEO 3470 - Seminar in Geology. Credits: 1 to 3 (See Footnote ****)
  • MAT 1271 - College Algebra. Credits: 3 (College Algebra OR HIGHER)
  • MAT 1330 - Analytical Trigonometry. Credits: 2 (Analytical Trigonometry OR HIGHER)
  • PLS 2703 - Introduction to Public Policy. Credits: 3
  • PLS 4793 - Civic and Nonprofit Leadership. Credits: 3
  • PLS 4893 - Budgeting in Government and Nonprofit Organizations. Credits: 3
  • SOC 3622 - Population. Credits: 3
  • SOC 3660 - Social Organization. Credits: 3
  • SOC 4240 - Sociology of Disasters. Credits: 3

Footnotes:

* BIO majors must take 2 BIO courses

** GEG majors may not take GEO 3800 as part of minor

*** Will count only if not taken as part of BS in Geography

**** Must be Planetary Geology Seminar

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Dept. of Biological Sciences

Life Sciences Building - 2070 600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-3126
Fax: 217-581-7141
biosci@eiu.edu


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