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Geography Program

Humphreys Building, Room 223
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8085


Minor in Geographic Information Systems

What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the use of computers to manage, analyze, and display geographic data. It is an interdisciplinary technology closely tied to cartography and remote sensing. GIS is rooted in geography by virtue of its primary functions in spatial data analysis and cartographic design. Training is GIS involves practice with data collection, database development, the transfer of data into maps and information sources, and the use of computer modeling to assess, plan, and predict in real-world situations.

Our students have done class projects on topics like land use analysis, historic preservation, bicycle path development, and hospital service areas. Some students work in internships using their GIS and geographic skills. We also offer workshop training in Global Positions System (GPS) with GIS applications.

Who uses GIS?

GIS mapping technologies are highly useful to a wide range of professional specialty groups and have become the backbone of many public and private information and security systems. Geography is the spatial component to every activity. As such, GIS can be used in a vast array of fields, including biology, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, surveying, public administration, safety and security, emergency services, urban planning, criminal justice, sociology, economics, environmental science, agriculture, archeology, geology, marketing, and land use analysis. GIS is a powerful tool and its possibilities for use are endless and ever changing.

GIS Minor Requirements

Course #
Course Name
Credit Hours
CIS 1605 Microcomputer Application Software
GEOG 2212 World Geography
GEOG 2281 Map Interpretation
GEOG 3270 Research Methods
GEOG 4201 Cartography
GEOG 4210 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
Total Credit Hours:

Geography with GIS Emphasis

Geography majors who wish to emphasize GIS in their program of study should take the sequence of geo-techniques courses, i.e. map interpretation, cartography, remote sensing, GIS I, and GIS II.

Is GIS for you?

Are you interested in the world around you? Do you pay attention to detail? Want lots of options toward an interesting and well-paid career? If you enjoy working on the computer, managing information, and designing graphics, then GIS may be the perfect match for you. Geo-technology is predicted to be one of the major growth areas for employment in the future. GIS will certainly enhance your marketability. You could be a GIS technician, analyst, project manager, software engineer, cartographic technician, planner, or systems or database administrator. We invite you to take a closer look.

Our Facilities

The Department maintains a state-of-the-art 25 PC computer lab with scanners and large-format plotters. We also have the latest ArcView GIS, Erdas Imagine remote sensing, and SPSS statistical software. Please contact the Department for more detailed information on software extensions and hardware specifications.

For more information contact Dr. Keshav Bhattarai by phone at 660-543-8805 or email him at