University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

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Students may choose a minor field of study, commonly called a minor, along with their major. A minor usually consists of 20 credits of study. Minors are optional, but many students find that a minor is helpful in providing greater career opportunities after graduation. The requirements for the various minors are listed within individual majors as well as in this section.
Following are the requirements for official University of Maine at Farmington minors. Contact the chairperson of the department offering the minor for an application.
*Starred courses have pre-requisites not included in the minor requirements.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems are a critical component of fast-growing career opportunities in areas like natural resources, planning, environmental regulation, marketing, public safety, public health, environmental analysis, recreation management, national defense, business and real estate, and many others. The Geographic Information Science (GIS) minor provides an education program for students interested in careers and research that involve geographic information systems (GIS) and related spatial technologies (e.g., remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), cartography, and spatial data analysis).

Major Requirements:

Core (7 or 8 credits)

GEO 103S Peoples and Environments                                         4
GEO 105S Earth, Wind and Fire                                                              4
EPP 204/GEO 204 Introduction to GIS 4

Geospatial Competencies (4 to 12 credits)

EPP 244S/GEO 244S Mobile Mapping and GIS                                                      4
FOR 242F Map and LiDAR Interpretation 3
GIS 420M Remote Sensing & Image Analysi 4
GEO 305S Remote Sensing 3
GIS 428M Web-based Maps and Apps 3


Suggested Specializations (3 to 12 credits)

    Community Planning

EPP343/GEO 343 Community Planning                                                4
GIS 312M Municipal Application of GIS 3
POS 487A Data Literacy and Research Methods for Public Mgt 3

     Environmental Applications


EPP 304/GEO 304 Environmental GIS                                                             4
EPP 340/GEO 340 Sustainable Land Use 4
GEO 340S  Digital Mapping 4
GEO 445S Drone Mapping 4

        Geospatial Data Science

CIS 218A Introduction to SQ 3
CIS 255A Database Design 3
CIS 352A Data Visualization 3
CIS 355A Introduction to Sensors 3
CIS 449A R Programming and Data Analysis 3
CIS 450A Data Mining 3
COS 455 Database Systems 1
TEC 102 Introduction to SQL 1
TEC 103 Introduction to Python 1
TEC 105 Data Visualization with Tableau 1

A Course offered through University of Maine at Augusta

F Course offered through University of Maine at Fort Kent

M Course offered through University of Maine at Machias

S Course offered through University of Southern Maine

All other courses offered through University of Maine at Farmington

A minimum of one third of the required credits must be earned at UMF for a minor to be awarded.

Total credits for the Minor:                                                                                              20

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Acquire an understanding of fundamental geospatial concepts and practices of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Be prepared to design, execute, document and present geospatial projects that are fit-for-purpose and responsive to requirements

  • Communicate effectively in written, oral, and visual forms

Assessment Criteria

Students will:

  • Apply GIS analysis to address authentic geospatial problems and/or research questions 

  • Demonstrate data management skills to insure data quality, integrity and interoperability

  • Effectively communicate and present project requirements, protocols, and results in oral, written, and graphic forms

  • Demonstrate problem-solving competencies in accomplishing unfamiliar GIS tasks with confidence while drawing on resources such as software documentation, metadata, and the geospatial community

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