Fall 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Spring Workshop Report

Draft Stormwater Data Standard
LiDAR Update

Lyon Co Sign Inventory
Anoka Co Website
LOGIS Map Books Use USNG
Goodhue ESRI Award

US Topo now for MN

Higher Education
UMD GIS Minor & Certificate
UWRF GIS Certificate

Prepare for NG911

In Memory: Carrie Bartz

Other Places
Wisconsin Strategic Plans
Strategic Directions for Geography
Where are Americans Moving?



UMD Announces GIS Minor and GIS Certificate Programs
By Stacey Stark, Director, UMD Geographic Information Sciences Lab

The Geographic Information Sciences program at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is expanding.  Beginning in Fall 2010, a GIScience minor and GIScience certificate will be offered in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

These new undergraduate programs are consistent with the UMD and CLA mission to integrate technology throughout the curriculum, thereby promoting active learning through research, critical thinking and practical hands-on experiences.  The establishment of a minor in GIScience is an outgrowth of the Geography Department’s goals to integrate geospatial technologies more formally into the geography, environmental studies, and urban and regional studies curricula.

The GIScience Certificate will be offered through Continuing Education, but is also based on the same Geography courses as the minor (the certificate requires one fewer introductory course).  You do not need to have a BA or BS to enroll in the certificate program, since it is an undergraduate program.  Returning and professional students are encouraged to apply.

Five new courses were created to round out a strong curriculum in geospatial technologies:

  • Multimedia, Animated and Internet Mapping
  • GIS in Urban Analysis
  • GIS in Regional Sustainability Applications
  • Digital Image Processing and Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics

Central to this program are the theoretical and applied fundamentals of the collection, management, analysis and representation of spatial data.  The program builds on this core by exploring both traditional and novel methods for geo-visualization.  Methods include critically discussing the implications of geospatial technologies on individuals and society, demonstrating how geospatial technologies are used effectively in urban and regional planning processes, and exploring applications of GIS to environmental, resource and policy/management issues.  GIScience interweaves well with majors in computer science, statistics, mathematics, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, criminology, geology, biology, chemistry, engineering, and environmental sciences which are all evolving into new areas of growth in the application of geospatial technologies.

UMD’s Geography Department faculty and staff, together with CLA’s Geographic Information Sciences Lab and teaching spaces, are well positioned to prepare students as GIS professionals.  For more information, please see these webpages:

or contact Olaf Kuhlke, Geography Department Chair, at,, or 218-726-6300.