Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Geographic Information Technology, Minor

The Geographic Information Technology minor is designed to prepare students for employment in technical occupations and planning by becoming proficient in the fast growing field of geographic information technology. This program emphasizes the collection, analysis, and representation of earth data at scales ranging from the local to the global. Opportunities abound for students to engage in fieldwork, internships, and in the production of research in our department. If you enjoy learning about the Earth and its peoples and landscapes, either in your back yard or far away, please consider the opportunities our program provides. Representative employment areas for our graduates include environmental consulting, pollution remediation, environmental monitoring, environmental law or public policy, resource management, geographic information systems analysis, nonprofit environmental organizations, and planning.

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

Related Links

Geographic Information Technology, Minor Program Page

Geography, Geology, and the Environment Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Minor GPA: 2.0 or higher

Minor Requirements

  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 300 and above)
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 18 credits.
Required Courses
GES 220General Methods of Fieldwork3
GES 315Cartography I3
GES 325Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GES 410Remote Sensing3
GES 415Cartography II3
GES 425Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GES 450Internship3
Total Hours21

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2003.
Revised 8-2019