Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Classes

GIS 189 : GIS, Mapping, and Society

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computerized system used to design, capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present geographically referenced information or data. It combines cartography, statistical analysis, and databases to manipulate spatial areas for a given application. This introductory course will cover the use and application of GIS combining an overview of general principles of GIS and practical experience in the analytical use of spatial information. Students will gain an overall knowledge of GIS, analyze the social context of mapping and knowledge production, examine the diverse range of GIS applications, and complete a final project with a practical component involving the use of an analytical software package: ArcGIS 10 by ESRI (Environmental System Research Institute).

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

Qualified for ENG 100.

Designations

Diversification: Social Sciences — DS

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

GIS 200 : Interpreting and Creating GIS Maps

This course introduces advanced geospatial analysis techniques, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS), GIS database and overlay creation, data classification, location analysis, distribution and density, geovisualization techniques, and map interpretation through the use and application of GIS. This course will combine an overview of general principles of GIS and practical experience in the analytical use of spatial information. Students will gain greater in-depth knowledge of geospatial analysis and examine the social context of mapping and knowledge production, examine the diverse range of GIS applications, and complete a final project with a practical component involving the use of a geospatial analysis software package. Special emphasis and concentration will focus on sustainability, considering the current and future use and protection of resources in light of land management.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

"C" or higher or concurrent enrollment in GIS 189.

Designations

Diversification: Social Sciences — DS

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

GIS 205 : GIS Database Design and Programming

This course will cover advanced compilation, database design, and production of maps, including the use of GPS, GIS, data export-to-CAD, research, presentations, and illustration using ArcGIS mapping software. Special emphasis and concentration will focus on sustainability, considering the current and future use and protection of resources in light of land management. Class includes a required Lab.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in GIS 189 and GIS 200.

Corequisites

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

GIS 205L : GIS Database Design and Programming Laboratory

This course will cover the technical exercises of advanced compilation, design, and production of maps, including the use of GPS, GIS, research, presentations, and illustration using mapping software.

Special emphasis and concentration will focus on sustainability, considering the current and future use and protection of resources in light of land management.

credits

1

Class Hours

3 lab

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in GIS 189 and GIS 200.

Corequisites

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

GIS 213 : Advanced Geospatial Techniques

This course covers the applications of advanced GIS technologies to various problems or issues in the social, natural, and environmental sciences. Remote sensing techniques, radar, and satellite imagery map design will be introduced along with an overview of current advances in geospatial technology, including 3D mapping, online, and cloud mapping.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in GIS 205 and GIS 205L.

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

GIS 214 : Practicum in GIS

This course is a practicum that will assist students entering the GIS job market through internship opportunities in applied geography under professional and faculty supervision. Field placement is integrated with academic study.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

"C" or higher in GIS 205 and GIS 205L.

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring