This course is an introduction to GIS concepts and software. Students will develop a basic understanding of what constitutes a GIS, how it is used in the contemporary workplace, and how to become a specialist in the GIS field. Students will develop skill working with industry standard GIS software.
Geographic Information Systems Courses
GIS 101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 102 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
A continuation of GIS 101, Intermediate GIS, prepares students for more advanced geographic analyses. Students will integrate geographic concepts and techniques used in spatial data analysis with both raster and vector data. A more advanced GIS analysis using spatial statistics, geodatabases and advanced layout for mapmaking will also be emphasized.
GIS 104 - Principles of Computer Cartography and Visualization
This course introduces students to computer cartography and the interpretation of map data. They will learn about cartographic representations, map design considerations and thematic mapping techniques, among other topics. The course will use examples of applications in both the private and public sectors.
GIS 201 - Advanced Geospatial Applications
This course will focus on advanced geoprocessing topics and analysis workflows. The course will introduce a modeling environment for automation of geoprocessing and analysis functions. The course will cover database modeling and schema designs. It is also designed to increase students’ understanding of Python scripting to automate GIS processes.
GIS 203 - Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Technologies
This course introduces students to Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Technologies. Students will learn about Remote Sensing equipment and techniques and how these are used for analyzing earth surface changes and monitoring the environment. They will also learn about Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and how to utilize GPS field-data collection techniques to accurately gather and assess information about the position and characteristics of various objects. Emphasis will be placed on real-world applications in both the private and public sectors.
GIS 206 - Introduction to Web GIS
This course is designed as an introduction to web GIS, exposing students to the programming concepts underlying web-based mapping applications. This course will focus on the basics of web GIS architecture, web technologies, web services, web mapping Application Programming Interfaces (API's) and mashups. This course is designed to increase students' understanding of developing web applications from start to finish. The course will focus on the most widely used API's at the time.