A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based system for capturing, storing, querying, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced data. GIS has been used for many purposes, such as natural resource management, crime analysis, emergency management, and transportation planning. New applications continue to emerge from the integration of GIS with other technologies, such as global-positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing and wireless networks.
The NKU GIS minor is an interdisciplinary program offered through the departments of History and Geography, Computer Science, and Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership. It is designed for individuals whose career paths will require them to regularly use GIS technology in their work.