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Geospatial Analysis & Modeling Minor

Complement Your Major With a Geospatial Analysis & Modeling Minor.

Spatial thinking and the ability to analyze and visualize data through space and time are essential skills in every employment sector. In this minor, you'll gain technical skills in the geospatial fields of remote sensing and geography as well as modeling skills in mathematics and economics. Together, these skills position you to lead in careers where experience in visualization, data modeling, and geospatial analysis is in high demand such as in health care, engineering, biology, computer science, history, anthropology, archaeology, and more.

If you enjoy creating images with data, if you like programming, computers, image processing, and big data, or if you want to advance quickly in your profession, this minor is for you. Students majoring in Environmental Science can pursue this minor.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Environmental Science Core (3 Credits)

  • ENVSTY 101 - The Nature of Environmental Problems 3 Credit(s)

Geospatial Analysis Core (7 Credits)

  • ENVSCI 281 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 372 - Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 Credit(s)

Geospatial Applications and Modeling Electives (6-8 Credits)

Take two courses from the list below.

  • ENVSCI 305 - Hydrology 3 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 360 - Computer and Analytical Cartography 3 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 368 - Social-Ecological Systems Dynamics 3 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 381 - GIS Applications and Spatial Databases 4 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 406 - GIT Data Collection and Field Methods 4 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 472 - Programming for Geospatial Analysis 3 Credit(s)

Capstone (3 Credits)

Complete an internship, research, or course from the list below.

  • ENVSTY 301 - Internship in Environmental Studies 1-3 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 476 - Environmental Science Capstone 3 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 478 - Independent Study 1-6 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including one environmental science course, two geospatial analysis core courses, two geospatial applications and modeling electives, and a capstone.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all minor courses.
Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor
Residency: At least three courses including the two geospatial application and modeling electives and the capstone must be completed at UMass Boston.


Dr. Elizabeth Boyle, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, School for Environment


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