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Courses

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. For example, our students have taken courses in the Masters of Business Analytics (MSBA), Information and Decision Science (IDSC) and Graphic Design (GDES). Course descriptions in the 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.

GIS Course 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 our core and technology GIS Fall/Spring course offerings for 2018-19 to help you plan your degree program.

Additionally, U-Spatial offers several useful courses in geospatial science through their training program as well as other GIS activities at the University of Minnesota. They also maintain a list of GIS courses offered on campus.

Course List

Core Courses    
Course Type/ID Course Title Credits
GEOG 5511 Principles of Cartography 4.0
GEOG 5531 Numerical Spatial Analysis 4.0
GEOG 5541 Principles of Geocomputing 3.0
GEOG 5561 Principles of Geographic Information Science 4.0
GEOG 5562 GIS Development Practicum 3.0
GEOG 5543 Advanced Geocomputing 3.0
GEOG 5563 Advanced Geographic Information Science 3.0
GEOG 5564 Urban Geographic Information Science 3.0
GEOG 5565 Geog. Analysis of Human-Environmental Systems 3.0
GEOG 5588 Advanced Geovisualization 3.0
GEOG 8290 Seminar in Urban Mobility and Accessibility 3.0
GEOG 8291 Seminar in GIS, Technology, and Society 3.0
GEOG 8292 Seminar in Spatial Analysis and Modeling 3.0
GEOG 8293 Seminar in CyberGIS 3.0
GEOG 8294 Seminar in Spatiotemporal Modeling and Simulation 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 5362 Drones: Data, Applications, Operations 3.0
FNRM 5462 Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis 3.0
FNRM 8205 Research Problems: Spatial Data Analysis 1.0-5.0
CSCI 5715 Spatial Computing 3.0
CSCI 8715 Spatial Databases and Data Mining 3.0
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 2.0
GIS 5574 Web GIS and Services 3.0
GIS 5576 Spatial Digital Humanities 3.0
GIS 5577 Spatial Data Design and Administration 3.0
GIS 5578 GIS Programming 3.0
ESPM 5031 Applied GPS for GIS 3.0
FNRM 5216 Geodesy, Coordinate, and Surveying Calculations for GIS Professionals 1.0
Elective Courses    
CSCI 4041 Algorithms and Data Structures 3.0
CSCI 4131 Internet Programming 3.0
CSCI 4707 Practice of Database Systems 3.0
FNRM 5114 Hydrology and Watershed Management 3.0
FNRM 5228 Advanced Assessment and Modeling 3.0
GDES 5341 Interactive Design 3.0
GDES 5342 Advanced Web Design 3.0
GDES 5371 Data Visualization Studio 3.0
GEOG 5361 Geography and Real Estate 3.0
IDSC 4431 Advanced Database Design 2.0
IDSC 6040 Information Technology Management 2.0
IDSC 6423 Enterprise Systems 2.0
MOT 5001 Technological Business Fundamentals 2.0
MOT 5002 Creating Technological Innovation 2.0
MSBA 6310 Programming for Data Science 3.0
MSBA 6320 Data Management, Databases and Data Warehousing 3.0
MSBA 6330 Big Data Analytics 3.0
MSBA 6345 Project Management of Analytics Projects 1.5
MSBA 6410 Exploratory Data Analytics and Visualization 3.0
PA 5231 Transit Planning and Management 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.