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Geographic Information Science 

Geographic Information Science includes the existing technologies and research areas of geographic information systems, cartography, remote sensing, photogrammetry, surveying (also termed geomatics in the US) and quantitative spatial analysis. Geographic information science addresses the use of digital technology to handle geographic information about places, activities and phenomena on and near the surface of the earth that are stored in maps or images.

Geographic information science is a rapidly growing career field. Many business and governments are adopting geographic information science to target their markets and clients as well as monitor and manage their own activities.

Required courses and major-minor recommendations

See the Western Michigan University catalog for required courses.

The following majors or minors are recommended with the major: Anthropology, biology, chemistry, earth science, Eanglish (practical writing), environmental studies, geology, history, hydology, journalism, political science, public history, public adminsitration, sociology, or statistics. 

This is a computer-intensive field. Complete your computer literacy proficiency before beginning this major.

Program information 

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