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2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geographic Information Systems Minor

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Offered by: Cal Poly Pomona, University Interdisciplinary Programs

The interdisciplinary GIS Minor was created for Cal Poly Pomona students whose majors include engineering, business, design, science, urban planning, education, agriculture, social sciences, and humanities in an effort to create a GIS-literate campus. The minor serves students who are interested in the application of GIS to their area of knowledge, or who seek to develop their skills in GIS-related areas. GIS technology offers new and powerful ways of combining data, mapping and spatial analysis to support research, management and policy-making. GIS users are trained in spatial modeling and know how to manipulate digital data, create databases, and develop software. The GIS minor provides fundamentals of GIS for students without previous work in GIS, but allows for modifications to the core for students with prior experience.

Components of the program include: data acquisition and manipulation; development of spatial thinking and visualization skills; creation of models and use of analytic methods; programming; problem solving using applied GIS technology; learning to create effective output; process management; GIS theory and ethics; and an interdisciplinary focus.

For more information students may contact Boykin Witherspoon III, Minor Coordinator, Center for GIS Research, (909) 869-6913, or look on the web at


All GIS minors must take at least 12 units outside of their Major in order to be awarded the GIS Minor. These 12 units must approved by the GIS Minor Coordinator.

Electives: 12 units

All GIS Minors are required to take 12 units in upper division GIS elective courses to complete the program in consultation with the GIS Minor coordinator and the GIS advisor for the student’s department. All electives must have the approval of the GIS Minor coordinator.

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