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Geography (Geographic Techniques )


The Geographic Techniques minor is a transdisciplinary applied minor offering expertise in geographic information systems (GIS), satellite and aerial remote sensing, computerized image processing and manipulation of large data sets. It allows for the analysis of complex geographic relationships, essential to understanding underlying social, political, and/or environmental processes.

Program Overview

Students will complete 25 credit hours and gain an enviable - and marketable - set of smart tools. This minor is skills-oriented and compliments a wide variety of majors.


Students must take the following required three (3) credit courses:

  • CIS 230 Hardware and Software
  • GPY 200 Computer Cartography
  • GPY 307 Introduction to Computer Mapping/GIS
  • GPY/PA385 GIS Applications in Urban Development

See catalog for a complete list of electives.

Career Options

Our alumni have found rewarding careers such as:

  • GIS analyst
  • GIS database manager
  • GIS designer
  • Land-use analysts
  • Cartographer
  • GIS manager
  • GIS system developer

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

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