Undergraduate Education

remotepic Minor in Geospatial Sciences (GSS) 19-20 Credits

Geospatial Sciences is used in a wide range of disciplines as a research tool, a decision-making tool, data analysis tool, and/or as a planning tool. One of the major components used in these analyses is Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software. The Minor in Geospatial Sciences is a flexible undergraduate minor that allows students drawn from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to acquire the necessary training in geospatial analysis to complement their area of study. Students will receive training in the use of Geographical Information System software and may choose from several electives to broaden their experience in geospatial sciences.  

Requirements for the Minor in Geospatial Sciences (GSS):      
No more than two courses that are used to satisfy your major can be applied to this minor.  Click here for the GSS Minor Checklist

  • No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option.
  • All courses used toward the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 19 - 20 credits.

Required introductory courses: 7 credits

GSS 105 - Introduction to Maps and Mapping - DEC F, SBC, SBS
GSS 313 - GIS Design and Applications I Lecture - SBC - TECH
GSS 314 - GIS Design and Applications Lab 

 Plus one course from either of the two spatial areas:


GSS 325 - Design and Applications II   or 

Remote Sensing:

GEO 347 - Remote Sensing  or

GSS 355 -Remote Sensing GIS Data - SBC, STEM +

MAR 334 - Remote Sensing of the Environment- SBC, STEM +

Required three elective courses (9-10 credits)

ANT 420 - Environmental Analysis Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

BIO 319 - Landscape Ecology Laboratory

GEO 347 - Geological Applications of Remote Sensing

GSS 323 GIS Database and Design

GSS 325 - GIS Design and Applications II

GSS 326 GIS Project Management

GSS 350 -Applied Spatial Data Analysis - SBC, STEM +

GSS 354 - Geospatial Science for the Coastal Zone

GSS 355 - Remote Sensing GIS Data - SBC, STEM +

GSS 487 Geospatial Science Research (see Note)

GSS 488 Geospatial Science Internship (see Note)

MAR 334 - Remote Sensing of the Environment - SBC, STEM +

Please Note: A maximum of three credits of GSS 487 Geospatial Science Research and/or GSS 488 Geospatial Science Internship may be applied to the minor and a maximum of three credits of GEO 347, GSS 355 or MAR 334 may be applied toward the minor.

Declaration of the Minor

Students should declare the Geospatial Sciences minor no later than the middle of their sophomore year, at which time they should consult with the minor Faculty Director to plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.

For more information on GSS, please visit : Geospatial Sciences at Stony Brook


Geospatial Center     Phone: (631) 632-1687

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