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Geographic Information Science Minor

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Minor
UA College: 
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Degree/Minor Description: 

Students who minor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) will gain a basic understanding of how to use GIS software to analyze, manipulate, and capture geographical data to then be applied to research questions. They will also gain a basic understanding of the study of the physical properties of Earth's surface and the effects of human activity.

Research Opportunities: 

Arizona State Museum: ASM houses AZSITE, Arizona’s official inventory of more than 100,000 archaeological and historical sites and historic standing structures. This internet-based geographic information system (GIS) is a nationally recognized model of best practices in cultural resource data management. AZSITE utilizes a hard-working core group of staff and students processing the data and building the website.

Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab: The Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, also known as the Chorover Lab, is a research-oriented facility that is designed for the analysis of major and trace elements in environmental matrices such as soil, sediment, biomass and water. This research and teaching program is designed to develop a better understanding of how these various components interact to influence environmental quality.

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity