Skip to main content
College of Liberal Arts »


Information » Programs » GEOG Courses » GISC Courses »

Minor in Geographic Information Science

The minor in Geographic Information Science (GISci) is designed to help students who are looking for professional careers in the rapidly expanding sectors dealing with geospatial technology and mapping sciences. The field of geographic information science, while rooted in the discipline of geography, has applications in a variety of fields including but not limited to planning, environmental science, journalism, transportation, business and public health. The GISci minor provides an academic credential for students who are pursuing a degree in another discipline that have developed basic mastery of both geographic concepts relevant to responsible use of the technology, as well as technical and applied aspects of this field. The Minor in GISci is available to any CSULB student, except for those who are majors in geography.


A minimum of 21 units is required. One of these courses is a basic 3-unit course in statistics which can be satisfied by GEOG 200, PSY 110, BIOL 260, HDEV 190, SOC 170 or a similar statistics course per advisor consent. In addition to a basic statistic course, the minor consists of an additional 18-units as follows:

The Minor in GISci is composed of two core courses:

  • GEOG 280 Introduction to Geospatial Techniques (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • GEOG 380 Introduction to Digital Cartography & Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

Students must also take 12 units of 400-level GISci courses from the following list:

  • GEOG 471, GEOG 473, GEOG 474, GEOG 475, GEOG 481, GEOG 482, GEOG 484, GEOG 485, GEOG 487A, GEOG 487B, GEOG 488

College of Liberal Arts
University Course Listings
PDF Document IconPrint (PDF) Versions of the Catalog