What is GIS?

GIS is a system used to link information to location. It is a tool to study where things are, how they got that way, and identifying any patterns in how things are distributed.  A GIS provides a means of linking databases to maps, creating visual representations of statistical data, and analyzing how location influences features and events.

What can you do with GIS?

GIS applications are unlimited and are expanding every day. GIS is a vital tool to query, analyze and map data needed for decision making in business administration, environmental science, supply chain management, property and facilities management, risk assessment, emergency response, land use planning, transportation planning, social science, real estate, crime prevention, and many more.

GIS has now become so powerful and its application so widespread that the people with the skills to use them are in high demand across a broad range of professions. There currently are more GIS jobs than people with GIS skills.

The GIS Minor

The minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary to analyze and solve spatial problems, identify geographic patterns, and enter the rapidly expanding field of Geographic Information Science. Employment opportunities are limitless for students who are proficient with this interdisciplinary tool. Well-qualified GIS specialists are much sought after in the areas of environmental science, physical sciences, business, economics, education, government, NGOs, community organizations, and urban and regional planning agencies.

Students are given hands-on experience with state-of-the-art GIS and GPS equipment, preparing them to use this technology within their chosen career fields.

Minor Requirements


For more information, contact:

Jim Handley
310 Tainter Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715-232-2574
Email: handleyj@uwstout.edu

Declaring a Minor

To declare a minor, complete the "Applying for a Minor" survey online, and you will be given further instructions. Once this has been processed you will receive an e-mail confirmation from the Advisement Center.

Minor Adviser

Innisfree Mckinnon

441K Harvey Hall
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715-232-5475
Email: mckinnoni@uwstout.edu

GIS diagram
GIS Inquiry Model