BSc minor Geo-information for Environment and Society (WUGIS)

Geo-information has become increasingly important to society. Geo-information (GI) is derived from spatial data and it is indispensable for domains like spatial planning, water management, nature conservation, environmental management, agriculture, energy supply, disaster management, traffic and safety. Especially, the combined use of earth observation techniques (Remote Sensing) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for problem solving within the environmental and social disciplines is an asset of the Wageningen approach.

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Students with a background in environmental sciences, social sciences or ICT can follow this BSc minor. Not only basic principles are learned but the knowledge how to deal with an environmental or social issue is exercised in a project in a scientific sound approach. In this project data sets are used from MSc or PhD theses. Topics deal often with actual issues like for instance effects of climatic change, environmental management, human-space interaction, precision agriculture and international development.

This BSc minor may be followed in semester 1 or in semester 2.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • understand the basic theories, concepts and methods in the field of geo-information science and remote sensing;
  • analyse the potential use of geo-information in spatial issues;
  • apply geo-information science and remote sensing tools for the acquisition, storage, analysis, visualisation or dissemination of spatial data;
  • create geo-information solutions for a spatial issue in an application domain under supervision;
  • communicate clearly - both orally and in writing - to present the outcomes of their research

Target group

For students of all WU BSc programmes.

Also for Ba and BSc students in environmental sciences, social sciences, including human geography and (geo-)ICT.




First (period 1, 2 and 3) and second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Programme or thematic

Thematic minor