Geospatial Information Science and Technology

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


The minor in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) has been approved by three departments at UC Berkeley. The Departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources, City and Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design, and Geography in the College of Letters & Science offer minors in GIST which includes courses across campus. These programs serve students in geography and other social sciences, archaeology, environmental science, policy and management, city and regional planning, humanities, architecture, landscape architecture and environmental planning, civil and environmental engineering, public policy, and environmental public health. The minor is open to all majors at UC Berkeley.

Declaring the Minor

The Geospatial Information Science and Technology minor is available to any current UC Berkeley student in good academic standing. The deadline to complete this minor program is before your degree at UC Berkeley has posted. For more information, please visit

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

Completing the Geospatial Information Science and Technology Minor Program

  1. Students must complete one required prerequisite and at least five upper division courses. At least three upper division courses must be selected from the restricted elective list.
  2. Students must check with their home college for overlap restrictions between majors and minors.
  3. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and the cumulative minor GPA must be 2.0 or higher.


Prerequisite, select one course from the following list.
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Digital Worlds: An Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
For additional preparation, students might consider taking optional coursework involving programming such as COMP SCI 61A. Students should also consider attending Geoglunch Seminars. Go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.
Upper Division Courses - Restricted Elective Courses: Select at least 3 courses from the following list.
GIS and Environmental Science
GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis
Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis
Cartographic Representation
Earth System Remote Sensing
Geographic Information Analysis
Geographic Information Systems
GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis
Geographic Information Systems
Upper Division Courses - Additional Elective Courses: Select final upper division courses from the lists above or below.
Undergraduate Courses
User Interface Design and Development
Introduction to City Planning
Field Geology and Digital Mapping
Landscape Ecology
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Ecological Analysis
Sustainable Landscapes and Cities
Graduate Courses (Graduate courses may be used with consent of instructor and with completion of necessary prerequisites.)
Analytic and Research Methods for Planners: Introduction to GIS and City Planning
Urban Planning Applications of Geographic Information Systems
ESPM 210
Course Not Available
Advanced Remote Sensing of Natural Resources
Special Topics in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (Depends on topic, see minor advisor for details.)
Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Geographical Research
Topics in Earth System Remote Sensing
Quantitative Methods in Environmental Planning
Applied Remote Sensing
Geographic Information Science for Public and Environmental Health
Special Topics in Public Policy (Depends on topic, see minor advisor for details.)

Faculty and Instructors

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Jeffrey Q. Chambers, Associate Professor. Forests, climate change, trees, tropical forests, remote sensing, Drought.
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John Chiang, Professor. Climate change, climate dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, paleoclimate.
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Kurt Cuffey, Professor. Continuum mechanics, climate, geomorphology, glaciers, glaciology, climate history, stable isotopes, geographical thought.
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William E. Dietrich, Professor. Morphology, earth and planetary sciences, geomorphology, evolution of landscapes, geomorphic transport laws, landscape evolution modeling, high resolution laser altimetry, cosmogenic nuclide analysis.
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You-Tien Hsing, Professor. China, geography, political economy of development in East Asia, the process of international economic restructuring, cultural and institutional configuration in the processes of Taiwanese direct investment, growth in Chinese cities, business networks.
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Lynn Ingram, Professor. Geophysics, geology, earth and planetary science, geography, stratigraphy with strontium isotopes, paleontological, paleoclimate, California climate change, paleosalinity, shellmounds, geochemical data, paleoclimatic and paleo-environmental reconstruction in aquatic environments using sedimentological.
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G. Mathias Kondolf, Professor. Ecological restoration, landscape architecture, environmental planning, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, environmental geology, environmental impact assessment, riparian zone management.
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Jake Kosek, Associate Professor. Cultural politics of nature and difference; cultural geography, science and technology studies; critical race theory; critical cartography; biopolitics; human and the non-human; and environmental politics.

Laurel G. Larsen, Assistant Professor. Hydroecology, geomorphology, complex systems, restoration ecology, environmental modeling, wetlands, sediment transport, environmental fluid mechanics.
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Jovan Scott Lewis, Assistant Professor. Jamaica and the USA; constructions and infrastructures of poverty, inequality, race (blackness), economy, and the market.
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Beatriz Manz, Professor. Latin America, human rights, peasantry, migrations, social movements, political conflict, Mayan communities in Guatemala, issues of memory, grief.
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David O'Sullivan, Associate Professor. Spatial analysis, complexity, spatial models.
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Robert Rhew, Associate Professor. Geography, terrestrial-atmosphere exchange of trace gases, atmospheric chemistry and composition, halogen biogeochemistry, stratospheric ozone depletion issues, coastal salt marsh, chaparral, desert, tundra, boreal forest, grassland.
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Nathan F. Sayre, Associate Professor. Climate change, endangered species, rangelands, political ecology, pastoralism, ranching, environmental history, suburbanization, human-environment interactions, environmental geography, range science and management, Southwestern US, scale, community-based conservation.
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Harley Shaiken, Professor. Mexico, labor, globalization, education, United States, geography, work organization, issues of economic and political integration in the Americas, information technology, skill.
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David B. Wahl, Assistant Adjunct Professor.


Alicia Cowart, Lecturer.

Seth R. Lunine, Lecturer.

John Stehlin, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Melanie Feakins, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

A. Roger Byrne, Professor Emeritus. Historical biogeography, vegetation change, prehistoric agriculture, pollen analysis, history of late-Pleistocene/Holocene environment, fossil pollen.
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Orman E. Granger, Professor Emeritus.

Paul Groth, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, vernacular architecture, urban geography, suburban America, cultural landscape studies, housing (US).
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Gillian P. Hart, Professor Emeritus.

Michael Johns, Professor Emeritus. Latin America, development, geography, culture of cities.
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Norman Miller, Professor Emeritus. Hydroclimate modeling and assimilation and analysis, climate change impacts to sociology-economic and ecological sectors.
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Theodore M. Oberlander, Professor Emeritus.

Robert R. Reed, Professor Emeritus.

Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus. Race, environment, urbanism, politics, geography, resources, economic geography, regional development, capitalism, cities, California, class.
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+ Michael J. Watts, Professor Emeritus. Islam, development, Africa, social movements, political economy, political ecology, geography, South Asia, peasant societies, social and and cultural theory, US agriculture, Marxian political economy.
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Contact Information

Geospatial Information Science and Technology Program

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Undergraduate Adviser

Christine Tobolski

260 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-7895

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