Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences, Minor

Program Code: ISEMS_UMNR

Program Description

Information systems are a core component of any research, educational, or industrial enterprise in the Earth and materials sciences. In addition, the science and engineering disciplines represented in the college have a particular focus on numerical modeling and simulation systems, and on the analysis and management of very large data sets. The EMS - IST minor provides students a basic introduction to information sciences and information technology through courses in the core curriculum of the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Students then select from a group of interdisciplinary EMS courses that focus on the particular interests of the college.

What is Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences?

The information age has transformed every aspect of our economy and society, creating the need for professionals that have the skills to apply information science to an ever-changing technological environment on both local and global scales. The Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) minor, open only to EMS students, allows you to better understand information systems—which are a core component of any research, educational, or industrial enterprise in the Earth and mineral sciences—as they apply to EMS disciplines. Students take three introductory Information Sciences and Technology (IST) courses complemented by three computing-intensive courses from EMS departments. Prerequisites for the EMS courses are not included in the 18 credits required for the minor.

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You wish to understand the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of information sciences and technology and apply that knowledge to computational and technological processes in your EMS major.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
GEOG 463Geospatial Information Management3
IST 110Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
IST 210Organization of Data3
IST 220Networking and Telecommunications3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Dynamic Cartographic Representation
Advanced Spatial Analysis
GIS Programming and Software Development
Computational Materials Science and Engineering
Application of Computers to Meteorology
Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting
Reservoir Modeling

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

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Jodi Vender
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
305 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-5730
advising@geog.psu.edu

Career Paths

Students earning the Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences minor learn a wide range of computational, research, and analytical skills that are highly valued by employers. Students earning this minor are very competitive for jobs in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, and industry.

Careers

Students earning the Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences minor are well positioned to find employment with diverse organizations spanning business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Such organizations may include (but are not limited to): AccuWeather; BAE Systems; Boeing; Chevron; Esri; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Hess; NASA; National Center for Atmospheric Research; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; SAIC; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; local, regional, and state agencies; environmental and engineering consulting firms; energy companies; and humanitarian organizations.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A minor in Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences is useful for students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the computational, environmental, and social sciences. Alumni enter graduate and professional studies in a variety of programs, including (but not limited to) atmospheric sciences, geosciences, engineering, geography, environmental sciences, geographic information sciences, information technology, environmental informatics, business administration, and supply chain management. They sometimes begin graduate or professional programs directly after finishing undergraduate studies, but often get several years' work experience before returning to school, either full or part-time.

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Contact

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814-865-3433

geography@psu.edu

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