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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

            17

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

            8

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

           


            252

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.