Geographic Information System (GIS) Minor

Gain knowledge and expertise in geographic Information systems (GIS), and learn to store, maintain, analyze, and display spatially referenced databases to help solve problems and assist in decision making. GIS is increasingly important in a variety of applications and careers like transportation planning, business logistics, environmental analysis, and natural disaster research.  

Enrollment in this minor complements a wide variety of majors including Geography, Anthropology (Archaeology), Geosciences, Biology, Environmental Studies, Economics, and Computer Science. 

The department is strengthened by an internship program with placement in local public or private sector locations. Students can gain valuable experience in a variety of real-world settings which increases their skills and adds to their resumes.

Contemporary Human Geography  |  GEOG 105
An overview of significant themes in human geography including population issues, cultural differences, globalization, languages, politics and foreign affairs, settlement patterns, migration, and economic organization.

Remote Sensing  |  GEOG 455
Overview of remote-sensing systems (airborne and satellite). Principles of photographic and electromagnetic remote sensing systems which detect, record and measure distributions of natural and cultural phenomena. 

Introduction to GIS Analysis  |  GEOG 460
Introduction to spatial analysis using GIS technology.  Data acquisition, integration, and editing. Spatial analysis of natural and cultural phenomena using both vector and raster data models.  Application of GIS technologies to environmental management and urban planning. 



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Faculty Highlights

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    Kate Gillogly, PH.D.
    Associate Professor - Geography and Anthropology; Chair

    Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology. Originally from the Midwest, Kate Gillogly returned after years living in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Hawaii, working in consulting in applied anthropology of agricultural ecology and international development. She currently lives in Kenosha , focusing on undergraduate education, applied anthropological work in watershed management and environmental activism, as well as writing projects on sustainability, kinship & adaptation, and social structure.

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    John Ward 
    Associate Professor - Geography 

    John Ward is originally from western Maryland, though he has lived many other places including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Washington State. He received his MS from Central Washington University and his PhD from the University of Arkansas. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is his first teaching job since earning his doctorate.

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