Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES | Department of Computer Science | Minor in Geographic Information Systems | NDU

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The main goal behind starting a minor in Geographic Information Science is to provide students from different backgrounds with the capacity to apply GIS in their area of knowledge and to enhance their skills in a rapidly expanding market of computer-based technology.
Geographic Information Systems includes Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, and Remote Sensing:
  1. 1.A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist, and events that happen on earth. GIS technology is a special case of information systems where database consists of features, activities, or events that are definable in space as points, lines, or areas
  2. 2.Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite system that allows users to collect precise geographic data for use in mapping
  3. 3.Remote sensing refers to any technique whereby information about objects and the environment is obtained from a distance with the aid of aircraft and satellites


The multidisciplinary nature of the geographic information systems allows students from any field of study-i.e., whose majors include engineering, natural and applied sciences, business, management, marketing, public administration, social sciences, political science, architecture, education, and others to declare this minor.

Admission Requirements

General requirements for admission to this minor are those of the University policy on Undergraduate Academic Minors. No additional requirements are needed. Refer to the section entitled “General Rules and Regulations for Minors” of the catalog.

Graduation Requirements and Suggested Schedule

To satisfy the graduation requirements of a minor in Geographic Information Systems, a student must pass five courses from the pool of courses as follows:
  1. 1.First semester (2 courses; 6 credits): CSC 318 or GIS 211, GIS 352
  2. 2.Second semester (2 courses; 6 credits): GIS 311, GIS 441
  3. 3.Third semester (1 course; 3 credits): Choose from GIS 321, GIS 452, GIS 411, or GIS 331

“D” is the passing grade for each course, and the minor should be completed with a GPA of 2.0.


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