Geospatial Technology Minor

GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing

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.


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.


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:

  • CIS 162 Computer Science I
  • CIS 260 Application Development in Visual Basic
  • GPY 370 Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GPY 470 Digital Image Processing
  • NRM 250 Resource Measurement and Maps
  • NRM 395 GIS Applications in Resource Management

See catalog for the complete list of electives.


Alumni have found rewarding careers in:

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

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  • 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.

For more information visit the GVSU Course Catalog.

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