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The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Program and Minor

GIS is a widespread technology that helps you with everyday tasks, such as finding your way, and encompasses the broader science of managing, analyzing, and mapping geographic data. A minor in GIS provides a computational skill set complementary to many major fields of study. Jobs in a variety of fields, such as anthropology and marine science, require GIS skills, and the minor teaches you how to apply GIS for your field. GIS-related jobs offer competitive salaries (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016), and have been targeted as a High Growth Job Training Initiative by the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The need for GIS skills is increasing, and the minor will teach you GIS skills through real-world applications both in and out of the classroom. Please see the Minor Requirements page for more information on the curriculum.

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Killer whale habitat in the Salish Sea based on depth to seafloor created by Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy student