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Geographic Information Sciences Minor

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Geographic information science concerns the use of geographic information and data acquired from satellites and airborne platforms, and from ground-based measurements and surveys of human activity and the environment. Geographic information science students learn how to work with geospatial data to study relationships, patterns and trends. In the U.S. the explosion of geospatial data and their increasing use in business, government and people’s everyday lives has led to a growing demand for qualified geographic information science graduates. Geospatial science is developing rapidly, associated with developments in mobile, satellite and airborne remote sensing, computational and big data technologies.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.