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Geospatial Analysis and Modeling for the Environment (Minor)

Why Declare a Minor in Geospatial Analysis and Modeling for the Environment (GAME)?

An academic minor are of great value professionally. They are designed to complement or augment your academic studies and demonstrate additional unique skills and competencies in an area of study outside of your major. Completing a minor allows you to stand out among applications for jobs, professional school, and graduate school by showing that you not only possess unique skills but that you have broad interests and that you are an ambitious learner. These traits will distinguish you from students who pursued only their major course of study.

Spatial thinking and the ability to analyze and visualize data through space and time are essential skills in every employment sector. In this minor you gain technical skills in the geospatial fields of remote sensing and geography as well as modeling skills in mathematics and economics. Together, these skills position you to lead in areas where experience in visualization, data modeling, and geospatial analysis is in high demand such as in health care, engineering, biology, computer science, history, anthropology, archaeology and more.

Who Is This Program For?

If you enjoy creating images with data, if you like programming, computers, image processing, and big data, if you want to advance quickly in your profession, this minor is for you. Students majoring in Environmental Science can pursue this minor.

What Courses Do I Take?

You will complete 6 courses.

Environmental Science Core: ENVSTY 101 Nature of Environmental Problems
Geospatial Analysis Core: ENVSCI 281 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and ENVSCI 372 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Geospatial Applications and Modeling (choose 2): ENVSCI 305 Hydrology is the science of dealing with the waters of the earth, ENVSCI 360 Computer and Analytical Cartography, ENVSCI 368 Social-Ecological Systems Dynamics, ENVSCI 381 GIS Applications and Spatial Databases, ENVSCI 406 GIT Data Collection and Field Methods, ENVSCI 472 Programming for Geospatial Analysis
Environmental Capstone: ENVSTY 301 Internship in Environmental Studies, ENVSCI 476 Environmental Science Capstone, ENVSCI 478 Independent Study

How Do I Declare a Minor in Geospatial Analysis and Modeling for the Environment (GAME)?

Students interested in declaring a minor in geospatial analysis and modeling for the environment (GAME) should complete a declaration form and have the form signed by the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the School for the Environment.  The School for the Environment office is located in McCormack Building, 2nd Floor, Room 620. 

Program Contact

For more information contact our undergraduate programs coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Boyle (; 1.617.287.4756)

Current and Prospective Students should also visit Academic Achievement Services Center to learn more about our Student Success programs, internships, research opportunities, and more.