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AUM is a leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) education, and offers one of the few undergraduate programs in this field. A minor in GIS is also offered, and is an ideal complement to a business or STEM-related major.
As part of this minor, you will be introduced to cartography, introductory and advanced GIS, advanced GIS database design and other related subjects.
The course listings below are a representation of what this minor requires. Select elective courses may also be included. Students may have to take additional courses to fulfill the prerequisites of the required courses.
|Course #||Course Name|
|GEOG 3940||Cartography with Lab|
|GEOG 3950||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems with Lab|
|GEOG 4950||Advanced Geographic Information Systems with Lab|
|GEOG 4960||Remote Sensing and GPS Applications in GIS with Lab|
|GEOG 4955||GIS and Urban Studies with Lab|
|GEOG 4970||3D and Raster GIS with Lab|
|GEOG 4980||Advanced GIS Database Design with Lab|
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Associate Professor | College of Sciences
Dr. Gabe Costa is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences, and Coordinator of Environmental Sciences and GIS at AUM. His research is mainly focused in understanding the ecological and evolutionary drivers of variation in Biodiversity across the globe. Dr. Costa has worked with different groups of organisms such as amphibians, reptiles and mammals disentangling the roles of abiotic, biotic and evolutionary factors in explaining diversity patterns from local to global scales. Dr. Costa is also interested in using his findings to create instrumental knowledge that can support conservation decisions. By understanding what factors influence how biodiversity changes across space we might be able to quantify, predict, mitigate and possibly manage the growing negative impacts caused by human activities. Dr. Costa teaches Biostatistics, Species Distribution Modeling, Landscape Ecology, and Biogeography and Macroecology. His classes usually have a strong focus on analytical skills including learning to work in the R environment, GIS and spatial analysis. Dr. Costa research has reached a broad audience with over 60 peer reviewed articles published that collectively have been cited more than 2,400 times (Scholar page) (Lab page)