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.

General Guidelines

Completing the Geospatial Information Science and Technology Minor Program

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process. 
  2. 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.
  3. Students must check with their home college for overlap restrictions between majors and minors.
  4. 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. 1
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems [3]
An Introduction to Geospatial Technologies: Mapping, Space and Power [4]
Upper Division Courses - Restricted Elective Courses: Select at least 3 courses from the following list.
GIS and Environmental Science [3]
GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis [4]
Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis [3]
Cartographic Representation [5]
Earth System Remote Sensing [3]
Geographic Information Analysis [4]
Geographic Information Science [4]
GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis [4]
Geographic Information Science [4]
Upper Division Courses - Additional Elective Courses: Select final upper division courses from the lists above or below.
Undergraduate Courses
User Interface Design and Development [4]
Introduction to City Planning [4]
Field Geology and Digital Mapping [4]
Landscape Ecology [3]
Remote Sensing of the Environment [3]
Web Cartography [5]
Ecological Analysis [3]
Sustainable Landscapes and Cities [4]
Graduate Courses (Graduate courses may be used with the consent of instructor and with the completion of necessary prerequisites.)
Analytic and Research Methods for Planners: Introduction to GIS and City Planning [4]
Urban Informatics and Visualization [3]
Advanced Remote Sensing of Natural Resources [3]
Special Topics in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management [1-4] (Depends on topic, see minor advisor for details.)
Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Geographical Research [4]
Topics in Earth System Remote Sensing [3]
Quantitative Methods in Environmental Planning [3]
Applied Remote Sensing [3]
Course Not Available [4]
Special Topics in Public Policy [1-4] (Depends on topic, see minor advisor for details.)

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 for more information.


Contact Information

Geospatial Information Science and Technology Program

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Undergraduate Advisor


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