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.

 Course Descriptions


Minor Requirements [PDF]
from the Undergraduate Bulletin


Minor Advisor
Jim Handley
James Handley310 Tainter Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790
Phone: 715-232-2574
GIS Tutoring Hours
Contact Henry Hansen
Monday 5:00 - 9:00PM
Wednesday 5:00 - 9:00PM
Room 304 Tainter Hall