The University of Denver's minor in geographic information science (GIS), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is geared toward students from other majors who are interested in geotechnology. The program provides an overview of a variety of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Today's geographers and environmental scientists use cartography and geographic information systems to develop insight into patterns and trends to understand the environmental conditions of the past and to predict where they might go in the future.
This sort of geographic information is becoming increasingly useful in policy-making, and as such, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for graduates with geotechnological skills will grow by 30 percent by 2024, indicating a strong employment market for students upon graduation. Recent graduates have found work in both government and private industry. Students already pursuing degrees in areas ranging from environmental science to anthropology can gain useful skills and diversify their abilities with this minor.