Minor in GIS & Technology (GIST)
GIS, REMOTE SENSING, AND CONSERVATION CERTIFICATION
One of the most valuable skills one can have in today’s scientific, business, and professional realms is first-hand experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our rapidly-expanding GIS program, based in the Department of Environment & Sustainability, incorporates three step-wise courses in GIS, Remote Sensing, and their broad spectrum of applications, as well as several electives ranging from a Drones and UAVs course (including FAA licensure) to Programming to Field Skills. With this particularly special set of tools in a graduate’s toolkit, the next steps in a Catawba ENV graduate’s career are even more promising.
Why should students minor in GIST?
The breadth and depth of what you can do with GIS and remote sensing is incredible - from predicting famines or holiday sales of big box retailers, daily deforestation alerts anywhere on the planet, agricultural yield mapping, identifying wilderness areas, or managing utilities. The number and types of ‘eyes’ on the planet is increasing relentlessly and, combined with increasing computer processing power, only serves to magnify the power of GIS and remote sensing. But it’s not just ‘top-down’ from space that is changing the game, integrating smart phones with GPS has revolutionized data collection and enabled ‘big data,’ as well as added a spatial component to almost anything.
Geographic Information Systems is not just for geographers (or cartographers!) anymore. GIS is being increasingly used to support a wide variety of jobs and disciplines. This minor will broaden your job perspectives; it will give you a leg up in applying to jobs you didn’t even know existed.
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