Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Interdisciplinary Concentration in Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) revolutionized the way land features are located, measured, inventoried, managed, planned, and studied. GIS provides theories and methods for measuring location and topography, physical and biological attributes, and distribution of cultural components through data storage, analysis, modeling, mapping, and data display.

GIS applications are diverse. They include determining the suitability of land for different uses, planning future land uses, setting cadastral boundaries for the purpose of property recognition and taxation and regulation, analyzing land and land-cover for both resource inventories and scientific studies, and siting commercial enterprises. Undergraduate and graduate students who learn to use GIS technology are in high demand and so start at higher salaries than their non-GIS peers. As a result the GIS community at the University of Florida developed the Interdisciplinary Concentration for Geographic Information Systems (ICGIS).

The ICGIS integrates existing GIS resources on campus, for graduate students, in response to changing regulatory environments in institutions and governments at all levels. This concentration established a standard set of courses and activities that allow graduate students to become experts in creating, studying, and using geographic information. Such graduates are in strong positions to meet future regulatory requirements for certification as professionals. Structurally, the ICGIS established a five-category curriculum within the standard M.S., M.A., M.E., or Ph.D. requirements. Completing the GIS concentration is officially recognized by statements on transcripts and a certificate.

For more information, contact Dr. Scot E. Smith, University of Florida, P.O. Box 110565, Gainesville FL 32611, Phone (352) 392-4990 , E-mail sesmith@ifas.ufl.edu, or visit http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/icgis/courses.htm for more information.