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Program Overview

Do you wish to develop technical skills in a growing professional field? Would you like to acquire specialized training to meet current or future job requirements calling for GIS knowledge? If so, then consider adding a minor in Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) to your degree program. By using geographical data and today’s leading computer technology, students will learn to assemble, manipulate, analyze, and visualize spatial data in order to solve problems and make decisions. Students gain familiarity with cartography, spatial and statistical analysis, computer science, remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and visualization.

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Minor Requirements


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Declaring the GIST Minor

We strongly encourage you to meet with an academic adviser in EEGS before declaring the major. Kelsey Avey (; schedule a meeting) is our Embedded Success Specialist, and she can provide valuable guidance and will work with you to develop a course plan.

When you are ready to declare:

  1. Visit the Academic and Career Advisement Office's (ACAC) Change or Declare a Major page.
  2. Enter your name, NMU IN, email address, class standing, check the "change my major" box, and input any additional relevant comments.
  3. Submit the declare request.

You may also visit the ACAC office in 3202 C.B. Hedgcock Building.