GIS Courses and Degrees at UMN

Classes for Credit


Classes for Credit

There are many for-credit courses that have a GIS, remote sensing, or spatial computing component at the University of Minnesota. Below is an overview of some graduate-level courses offered that include geospatial science, please consult the University of Minnesota Course Catalog for a complete list.

Twin Cities Campus

AEM 8442 - Navigation and Guidance Systems
ANTH 3980/5980 - Digital Archaeology
ARCH 3351 - AutoCAD 1
CEGE 3111 - CADD for Civil Engineers
CSCI 5707 - Principles of Database Systems
CSCI 5715 - From GPS and Google Earth to Spatial Computing
CSCI 5980/8980 - Spatial Enabled Artificial Intelligence
CSCI 8715 - Spatial Data Science Research
ESPM 3031/5031 - Applied GPS for GIS
ESPM 4295W/5295 - GIS in Environmental Science and Management
ESPM 5031 - Applied Global Positions Systems for Geographic Information Systems
ESPM 5295 - GIS in Environmental Science and Management
FNRM 3131/5131 - GIS for Natural Resources
FNRM 3262/5262 - Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources and Environment
FNRM 3362/5362 - Drones: Data, Applications, and Operations
FNRM 3462/5462 - Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis
FNRM 4515/5615 - Field Remote Sensing and Resource Survey
FNRM 5204 - Landscape Ecology and Management
FNRM 5216 - Geodesy, Coordinate & Surveying Calculations for GIS Professionals
FNRM 8205 - Research Problems: Spatial Data Analysis
GDES 5342 - Advanced Web Design
GDES 5371 - Data Visualization Studio
GEOG 1502 - Mapping Our World
GEOG 1911 - Digital Earth
GEOG 3511/5511 - Principles of Cartography
GEOG 3531/5531 - Numerical Spatial Analysis
GEOG 3541/5541 - Principles of Geocomputing
GEOG 3561/5561 - Principles of GIS
GEOG 3573/GIS 5573 - Introduction to Digital Mapping: ArcGIS Basics
GEOG 5530 - GIS Internship
GEOG 5543 - Advanced Geocomputing
GEOG 5562 - GIS Development Practicum
GEOG 5563 - Advanced Geographic Information Science
GEOG 5564 - Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis
GEOG 5588 - Advanced Geovisualization
GEOG 8290 - Seminar in GIS and Cart: Urban Mobility and Accessibility
GEOG 8291 - Seminar in GIS, Technology and Society
GEOG 8292 - Seminar in Spatial Analysis and Modeling
GEOG 8293 - Seminar in CyberGIS
GEOG 8294 - Seminar in Spatiotemporal Modeling and Simulation
GEOG 8990 - Research Problems in Geography
GIS 5530 - GIS Internship
GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis
GIS 5571 - Arc GIS I
GIS 5572 - Arc GIS II
GIS 5574 - Web GIS and Services
GIS 5576 - Spatial Digital Humanities
GIS 5577 - Spatial Data Design and Administration
GIS 5578 - GIS Programming
GIS 8501 - GIS Project Management and Professional Development
GIS 8990 - Research Problems in GIS
IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management
IDSC 6423 - Enterprise Systems
LA 3004/5004 - Regional Environmental Landscape Planning
LA 5131 - Geospatial Data Analysis and Design
LAAS 5416 - Precision Agriculture and Nutrient Management
MOT 5001 - Technological Business Fundamentals
MOT 5002 - Creating Technological Innovation
MSBA 6310 - Programming for Data Science
MSBA 6320 - Data Management, Databases, and Data Warehousing
MSBA 6330 - Big Data Analytics
MSBA 6345 - Project Management for Analytics Projects
MSBA 6410 - Exploratory Data Analytics and Visualization
PA 5043 - Economic and Demographic Data Analysis
PA 5204 - Urban Spatial and Social Dynamics
PA 5213 - Introduction to Site Planning
PA 5232 - Transportation Policy, Planning and Development
PA 5233 - Sustainable Transportation
PA 5250 - Topics in Planning
PA 5271 - Geographic Information Systems: Application in Planning and Policy Analysis
PA 5290 - American Cities on Rails
PA 5751 - Urban Infrastructure Systems for Sustainable and Healthy Cities
PA 5929 - Data Visualization: Telling Stories with Numbers
PA 8202 - Networks and Places: Transportation, Land Use and Design
PUBH 6141 - GIS & Spatial Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 7253 - Introduction to GIS
PUBH 8472 - Spatial Biostatistics
SOIL 4111 - Introduction to Precision Agriculture
VMED 5181 - Spatial Analysis in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Duluth Campus

GEOG 5541 - Environmental Application of GIS
GEOG 5543 - Advanced Cartographic Methods
GEOG 5612 - Field Techniques
GEOL 5260 - Fluvial Geomorphology


Degrees and Courses

The University of Minnesota Offers a Range of Degrees and Courses in Geospatial Technology. For more information about majors and minors offered on all campuses, please consult the University Catalog website.

Undergraduate Degrees

Environment and Natural Resources B.S.

Environment and natural resources is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the use and management of natural resources and the study of the environment.

Environmental Sciences, Policy and Managment B.S.

The environmental sciences, policy and management (ESPM) major is designed to address the needs posed by the complexity of environmental and renewable resource issues that are faced on a state, national, and global level.

Forest Resources B.S.

The forest resources curriculum prepares students to plan, implement, and research the management, protection, and sustainable use of forest and related resources and environments, including timber, water, wildlife, recreation, and aesthetic resources. The curriculum provides a unique integration of the physical, biological, and social sciences with managerial sciences and policy, field skill development, and technologies for measuring and monitoring natural resources. Students are also trained in problem solving approaches to address specific local, regional, and global issues.

Geography B.A.

Integrated study of a globalized world, as made by human and non-human forces a like. The major bridges the humanities and the social, biophysical, and information sciences to study social, political, economic, and ecological processes and, especially, the role of space, place and geographic networks in shaping them.

Geography B.S.

A solid foundation in the science of Environmental Science or the Geographic Information Science.

Geography Minor

14 credits minimum in Geography, the minor offers students an opportunity to choose their field of study within Geography.

Undergraduate Geographic Information Science Minor

Gives students the opportunity to focus on geographic information science, which examines geospatial technologies and their underlying principles, applications, and societal dimensions.

Graduate Degrees

Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) 

A professional master's program associated with the Geography Department. The program provides a comprehensive GIS degree that balances theoretical, technical, applied, and societal dimensions.

MA and PhD in Geography

Masters and doctoral degree programs offered by the Geography Department that can be completed with an emphasis in geographic information science.

Graduate Geographic Information Science Minor

Gives students the opportunity to focus on geographic information science, which examines geospatial technologies and their underlying principles, applications, and societal dimensions.