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Environmental Information Systems

The cross disciplinary minor in environmental information systems is designed for undergraduates interested in using computer and information management technology to solve environmental problems and improve environmental stewardship. Some examples of environmental information systems are database systems to track and report hazardous materials in factories, decision support systems to facilitate risk analysis and management, GIS-based natural resource inventory systems and automated business management systems to support and document environmental compliance.

The environmental information systems minor requires a minimum of 25 credit hours2Core courses are intended to ensure knowledge of the foundation disciplines. Electives should be chosen in consideration of the student’s particular interests within the general field of environmental information systems. At least one elective course must be outside of the student’s major. Students are advised to check prerequisites of listed courses.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Core Courses


CS 139. Algorithm Development1


ISAT 340. Software Development1


ISAT 320. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I2


ISAT 321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology II


GEOG 215. Geospatial Tools I – Cartography and GIS1


Elective Courses


CIS/BSAN 364. Decision Support Systems


CS 239. Advanced Computer Programming1


CS 474. Database Design and Application1


GEOG 216. Geospatial Tools II – Remote Sensing and GPS


GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information Science


GEOG 385. Principles of Remote Sensing


GEOG 466. GIS and Geographic Databases


ISAT 341. Modeling and Simulation


ISAT 420. Environmental Analysis and Modeling


ISAT 426. Environmental Information Systems



1 Or equivalent by permission of director.

2 Students who have successfully completed ISAT 320 prior to fall 2016 will receive 3 credits for ISAT 320; if that is the case, the environmental information systems minor requires a minimum of 24 credit hours.

Note: ISAT 252 or CIS 221 substitute for CS 139; CIS 331 substitutes for CS 239; CS 474 substitutes for ISAT 340; ISAT 340 or COB 204 substitute for CS 274; CIS 330 substitutes for CS 474.