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Courses for the master's in geographic information science program are divided into three broad categories:

  • Core courses provide the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings for a comprehensive, well-rounded knowledge of GIS, including an introductory seminar for entering students (GIS 8501).
  • Technology courses focus on specific software and techniques in GIS.
  • Elective courses provide additional breadth to the program by allowing students to take courses related to their area of interest.

This course list details which courses fall under each of these three broad categories. The list of electives represents examples of courses that have been used to fulfill the elective requirement, but other possibilities do exist and will be considered. Alternative elective courses may be taken with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. Course descriptions in our ClassInfo database provide more in-depth information about courses, expectations, and workload to give you a realistic understanding about what you will experience in the course.

Course Registration Information

Course registration takes place through your myU account so active students can access all necessary information after first logging into your myU account. We have compiled a list of selected GIS Fall/Spring course offerings for 2016-17 to help you plan your degree program.

Additionally, U-Spatial offers several helpful courses in geospatial science as well as other GIS activities at the University of Minnesota.

Course List

Core Courses    
Course Type/ID Course Title Credits
GEOG 5511 Principles of Cartography 3.0
GEOG 5561 Principles of GIS 4.0
GEOG 5562 GIS Development Practicum 3.0
GEOG 5563 Advanced GIS 3.0
GEOG 5564 Urban GIS and Analysis 3.0
GEOG 5565 Geog. Analysis of Human-Environmental Systems 3.0
GEOG 8290 Seminar in GIS and Cartography 3.0
GEOG 8291 Seminar in GIS, Technology, and Society 3.0
GEOG 8292 Seminar in Spatial Analysis and Modeling 3.0
ESPM 5295 GIS in Environmental Sci. and Mgmt. 4.0
FNRM 5131 GIS for Natural Resources 4.0
FNRM 5262 Remote Sensing of Natural Resources and Environment 3.0
FNRM 5412 Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis 3.0
FNRM 8205 Research Problems: Spatial Data Analysis 1.0-5.0
GIS 5530 GIS Internship 1.0-3.0
GIS 5590* Special Topics *Could be a technology course depending on topic 1.0-3.0
GIS 8501 GIS Project Management and Professional Development 3.0
GIS 8990 Research Problems in GIS 1.0-6.0
Technology Courses    
GIS 5555 Basic Spatial Analysis 3.0
GIS 5571 ArcGIS I 3.0
GIS 5572 ArcGIS II 3.0
GIS 5573 Introduction to Digital Mapping: ArcGIS Basics 1.5
GIS 5574 Web GIS and Services 3.0
GIS 5575 Practical Surveying for GIS 2.0
GIS 5577 Spatial Data Design and Administration 3.0
GIS 5578 GIS Programming 3.0
ESPM 5031 Applied GPS for GIS 3.0
Elective Courses    
GEOG 5361 Geography and Real Estate 4.0
GEOG 5531 Numerical Spatial Analysis 3.0
GEOG 5605/PA 5203 Geographical Perspectives on Planning 4.0
GEOG 8280 Seminar: Biogeography 3.0
PA 5231 Transit Planning and Management 3.0
CSCI 4041 Algorithms and Data Structures 3.0
CSCI 4131 Internet Programming 3.0
CSCI 4707 Practice of Database Systems 3.0
CSCI 5715 Spatial Computing 3.0
CSCI 8715 Spatial Databases 3.0
FNRM 5114 Hydrology and Watershed Management 3.0
FNRM 5228 Advanced Assessment and Modeling 3.0
EEB 5961 Decision Analysis 3.0
CI 5365 Contemporary Software Development Issues and Tools 3.0
VMED 5181 Spatial Analysis in Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3.0
Note that this is just a list of possible electives. Many other elective options exist and are subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies.