The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialty prepares students for positions with city planning departments, regional planning agencies, state development agencies, neighborhood economic development groups, and other nonprofit or public/private economic development organizations.
Planning offers a variety of GIS courses. Students learn how to use GIS software, learn about the management of land information, and explore model building within a GIS framework. Other courses cover GIS-based, three-dimensional visualization, programming in a GIS environment and web-based GIS. Some policy courses make use of GIS for analysis and forecasting purposes. Supplemental classes in remote sensing (offered by the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences) are recommended.
Students with a GIS specialty are also required to develop a concentration in one of the other planning areas offered by Planning.
A Geoinformatics certificate is available to graduate students through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (IGPI).