Geography (GO)

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GO-500   Theories and Methods of Geographic Information SystemsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with a solid foundation in the theories and methods of Geographic Information Systems. Students gain knowledge of important applications as well as the acquisition, accuracy, formatting, management, analysis and manipulation of data. When students complete this course, they are expected to know: what GIS is, what GIS can and cannot do, how data is stored, and how data in GIS is manipulated and analyzed to satisfy a project's goals.

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GO-501   Advanced GIS Applications and Project ImplementationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: GO-500.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Enables students to deepen their understanding of the software, theory, and applications of GIS. Upon completion of the course, students will have developed two projects as part of their portfolio: one in GIS implementation and one in project design and analysis within their particular area of study.

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GO-510   Cartography in GISCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Introduction to the study of cartography within Geographic Information Systems. Topics will include map types, the content and structure of maps, map interpretation, the history of mapping, map propaganda, the use of maps in society, and sources of data. Students will learn to make maps using GIS software.

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GO-515   Visual Basic for GISCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: GO-500.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Visual Basic is becoming the primary programming tool for developing Windows applications in most GIS environments. Students will learn fundamental programming techniques and advanced methodologies, including component programming and object-oriented data structures. They will have hands-on experience and at the end of the semester will be able to customize and expand GIS functions for different GIS applications.

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GO-520   Spatial Database Design and Management in GISCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: GO-500.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Spatial databases make up the foundation for Geographic Information Systems. This course focuses on proper design, implementation, and management of spatial databases. Students will consider both logical and physical design. Students will get the theoretical training as well as hands-on experience.

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GO-524   Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)Credits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): TL

Provides both the theoretical and methodological background for proficient use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). A multidisciplinary integration of theories and applications pertinent to both natural and social science research. Lectures and discussions will introduce the conceptual and methodological platform that is necessary to design, implement, and interpret GIS research. Weekly lab exercises will develop problem-solving skills and emphasize common research techniques in GIS. Students will also learn field techniques of spatial data collection. In sum, demonstrates how both GIS tools and a geographic perspective may be applied to a broad range of social and ecological research problems. Also listed as AN-524.

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GO-530   Advanced Techniques and Technology in GISCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: GO-500.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Covers current topics within the field of Geographic Information Systems. The topics will change each semester depending on the changes within the discipline and the needs of students. Such areas of study will include ArcInfo, Geomedia, Avenue Programming, Visual Basic for GIS, and Arcview extensions.

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GO-540   Spatial AnalysisCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: GO-500.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on methods of spatial analysis and various kinds of modeling within GIS. Included are such topics as 3-D terrain visualization and analysis, locational and network modeling, map algebra, and spatial statistics.

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GO-559   Remote Sensing and GPSCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will learn the principles of remote sensing, digital image processing, and image analysis. Students will also learn the basic principles of GPS, how to integrate GPS data with other GIS data sets, and how quality can affect problem solving and decision making.

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GO-580   GIS and SocietyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Examines the political, economic, legal, ethical, and social implications of GIS. Students will learn how GIS influences policy decisions. Topics include societal effects of GIS including issues of privacy, representation, and access to technology.

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GO-599   Independent Study in GeographyCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

Course Type(s): None

Reading and research under the direction of a member of the Geography faculty.