This interdisciplinary course teaches the students how to apply geographic information systems (GIS) to solve geographic problems. The course covers how GIS can be applied in multiple disciplines including biology, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology, economics, and sociology, and meets the Environmental Studies program requirements. It covers basic GIS theory including vector and raster GIS data formats, global positioning system (GPS), projections and coordinate systems, tabular and geospatial analysis, and accuracy issues. The laboratory portion of the course gives students hands on experience using ArcGIS to create and manage GIS data, collect GPS data, perform geospatial analyses, and create cartographically sound maps. A semester project enables students to learn how to design, perform, and document results of a GIS project.
2016-2017 Course Catalog / Courses / GIS Applications