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GIS Programs at UMD

The major in GISciences provides students the education and experience needed to acquire, manage, critically analyze and represent geospatial information. Basic and advanced courses are offered in map design and geovisualization, geographic information systems, remote sensing and geospatial technologies. Students will complete a GIS internship as part of their academic program, which will allow additional practice with skills such as data collection, research processes, presentation and writing.

The UMD GIS program’s target is to prepare students for careers in the Analysis and Modeling sector of the very large Geospatial Industry, as defined by the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed by the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Practitioners in this sector know when and how to employ analytical functions of geospatial software tools to render valid and reliable information from geospatial data. (ETA, June 2010).

Reasons to get a GIS Degree

  • The number of geospatial professionals in the U.S. is expected to grow 41% by the year 2018

  • GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry and there is a growing awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS

  • The Minnesota Geospatial Information Office is facilitating the transformation of GIS use in State and County government business, which is creating new jobs

  • GIS allows users to utilize both scientific and creative skills

  • Aspiring Biologists, Geologists, Emergency Managers, Archaeologists, Political Scientists, Urban Planners and others will benefit from spatial thinking and an ability to use GIS tool

  • Link to the GIS Major page
    Link to the GIS Minor page
    Link to the GIS Certificate page

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    Click HERE to view the GIS program brochure

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