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Geography (Geographic Techniques )


The Geographic Techniques minor is a transdisciplinary applied minor offering expertise in geographic information systems (GIS), satellite and aerial remote sensing, computerized image processing and manipulation of large data sets. It allows for the analysis of complex geographic relationships, essential to understanding underlying social, political, and/or environmental processes.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students will complete a minimum of 25 credit hours and gain an enviable - and marketable - set of smart tools. This minor is skills-oriented and compliments a wide variety of majors.


  • GPY 200 Computer Cartography
  • GPY 307 Introduction to GIS
  • GPY 407 Advanced GIS

Choose one elective:

  • GPY 370 Remote Sensing
  • GPY/PA/MKT 365 GIS Applications for Business Decisions
  • GPY 470 Digital Image Processing
  • CIS 160 Programming with Visual Basic

See catalog for the complete list of electives.

Career Options

Our alumni have found rewarding careers such as:

  • GIS analyst
  • GIS database manager
  • GIS designer
  • Land-use analysts
  • Cartographer
  • GIS manager
  • GIS system developer

Why Study Geographic Techniques at Grand Valley?

  • An emerging field. Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Marketability. Geospatial technology offers top jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • A competitive edge. Studying these smart technologies will give students an edge over peers in the job market.
  • Flexibility. Any major combined with the geospatial technology creates a new hybrid skill set.
  • Affordability. Students can achieve an additional GIS certificate with no extra financial cost.

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