Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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GIS-224   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)Credits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): MEBP, SS.SV, TL

Provides both the theoretical and methodological background for proficient use of geographic 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. Not open to students who have taken GIS-250.

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GIS-235   GIS Applications in Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-224

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Introduces students to the basic theories in geographic information systems (GIS). It provides students with a hands-on practical approach to analyze homeland security related data. Students will develop a skill set to map homeland security data and perform spatial analytical tasks. Also listed as HLS-235.

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GIS-298   Special Topics in Geographic Information SystemsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-224

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The study and application of GIS to a particular subject.

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GIS-299   Independent Study in Geographic Information SystemsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Conduct a geographic information systems (GIS) research project with a faculty member. Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair is required to take this course.

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GIS-324   Spatial DataCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-224

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides an introduction to the collection of various types of spatial data relevant to many GIS applications and basic database management for organization of the data. Students will be introduced to various data-collection techniques through a combination of lectures, discussions, readings, and hands-on experience in the field.

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GIS-325   Spatial AnalysisCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-224

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Focus will be the analysis of spatial data, culminating in an applied research project. For this intermediate level course, it is expected that students have successfully completed an introductory course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will learn the theory and practical application of spatial analysis methods for a variety of disciplines. The methods applied in this course include, but may not be limited to, geoprocessing, overlay analysis, spatial statistics and interpolation, terrain modeling, and map algebra. These methods will be applied to analyze contemporary social and environmental problems.

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GIS-335   Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-235

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will build upon the skills and information learned in GIS-235 Geographical Information Systems and Homeland Security to demonstrate advanced techniques in the analysis of spatial data to help the homeland security enterprise prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from intentional, natural, and accidental threats. Also listed as HLS-335.

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GIS-336   Marine Applications of Geographic Information SystemsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): EX3, MEBP

Students learn mapping technologies for coastal and marine planning. Techniques are then applied to coastal community for a service learning project in fulfillment of the Experiential Education graduation requirement. Services are provided in partnership with a community, and may include projects such as coastal zone planning or participatory workshops to may community resources.

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GIS-375   Applications in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)Credits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-224

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Introduction to intermediate and advanced uses of geographic information systems (GIS) for managing and analyzing remotely sensed data. Will be of specific interest to students working with environmental data such as biology, botany, urban planning, and archaeology.

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GIS-400   Research Methods in GISCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-224

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Participants in this seminar will, with the instructor's guidance, 1) plan all aspects of their own discipline-specific research, 2) acquire all of the necessary data, 3) build and populate a spatial database for their data, 4) create a GIS to import, manipulate, and analyze their data, and 5) present their completed project.

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GIS-489   GIS InternshipCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX1

Supervised practical experience in geographic information systems. Repeatable for credit. Departmental approval is required to take this course.

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GIS-499   Independent Study in Geographic Information SystemsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): GIS-224 and prior permission of the directing professor and department chair is required to take this course

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Conduct a geographic information systems (GIS) research project with a faculty member.