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Geography (Geospatial Technology)

Minor

The geospatial technology program is a interdisciplinary applied minor offering expertise in geographic information science (GIS), digital image processing (remote sensing), and computer cartography. There is an emphasis on environmental, business, urban planning, and community development applications.

Program Overview

The geospatial technology minor is skills-oriented and complements a wide variety of majors. This program of study prepares you for jobs in the private and the public sectors as well as graduate school.

Coursework

Complete 21-23 credit hours and take the following required three-credit courses:

  • GPY 200 - Computer Cartography
  • GPY 307 - Introduction to Computer Mapping/GIS
  • GPY 370 - Intro to Remote Sensing

To complete the minor, choose four additional elective courses, see catalog for list.

Career Options

Alumni have found rewarding careers in:

  • Big data visualization
  • Business GIS analyzing
  • Community analysis and development
  • Computer mapping
  • Environmental resource management
  • Geospatial intelligence
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Urban and regional planning

Why Study Geospatial Technology at Grand Valley?

  • 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 you an edge over peers in the job market.
  • Flexibility. Any major combined with the geospatial technology creates a new hybrid skill set.
  • Affordability. You can achieve an additional GIS certificate with no extra financial cost.

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