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 by ESRI (Environmental System Research Institute).
Qualified for ENG 100.