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Course Descriptions

GIS 1220 – Introduction to Geospatial Sciences

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Minimum, acceptable performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics pre-assessment tests. CSS 1010 or CMS 1010, with a grade of “C” is strongly recommended but not required.

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide a functionally integrated entry into geospatial science. The students will learn basic concepts needed to understand maps, geospatial mapping terminology, and basic field and desktop mapping tools. The focus of this class is on learning the concepts that underlie geospatial mapping and learning the basic software and GPS tools required to start a student in the mapping sciences. Basic analysis and spatial problem-solving skills are addressed in this course. Intermediate and advanced spatial analysis skills are taken up in subsequent GIS courses.


GIS 2250 – Geographic Information Systems

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 1220

Description: This is a foundation course that provides students with the basic knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with regard to theoretical, technical, and application issues. It introduces and provides direct experience with the techniques used to analyze and display spatial data using GIS. The skills and knowledge developed in this course will be used to support upper-division courses.


GIS 2710 – Global Positioning Systems

Credits: 2

Prerequisite(s): GIS 1220 with a grade of “C” or better

Description: This course is an introduction to the science of land navigation using maps and a Global Positioning System (GPS), Students navigate positions in the field and apply cartographic principles to GPS lab and field exercises. Emphasis is given to the integration of GPS data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


GIS 3250 – Cartography

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 2250 and MTH 1210 with grades of “C” or better; or permission of instructor

Description: This course focuses on basic cartographic and visualization concepts and techniques to convey spatial information. Students will critique and design basic cartographic products such as dot, choropleth, contour, and proportional symbol maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). They will explore advanced visualization techniques such as integrating data, text, and graphics, developing web maps, and animating maps to show temporal change. Cartographic applications for natural resource management and planning are stressed.


GIS 3410 – Web Mapping

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 1220

Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): GIS 2250

Description: This course is an introduction to creating web mapping applications on the Internet and serves as an introduction to Spatial Data Infrastructures. Students design, develop, and implement web mapping applications using ESRI software and open source software. Students work with web authoring tools, learn basic javascript, and work with basic visualization tools. Lectures focus on the theories and principles behind web mapping, distributed and cloud computing, graphic design, and other principles of web-based cartography.


GIS 4810 – GIS Programming

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 2250 with a grade of “C-” or better

Description: This course is an introduction to programming and scripting for intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users. The fundamental concepts of scripting and object-oriented programming will be developed using the Python programming language. This course teaches students to design and write clearly structured programs in Python in the ArcGIS environment. Students will develop programs to manage geospatial data, perform geoprocessing analysis to solve spatial problems, and automate mapping and visualization tasks.


GIS 4840 – Remote Sensing

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 1220 and MTH 1110 with grades of “C” or better

Description: This course provides an overview of photogrammetry and remote sensing principals as well as practical experience in the extraction of earth surface information from hardcopy and digital imagery. Topics include electromagnetic radiation principles, aerial cameras, photo interpretation and measurement, satellite collection systems, digital imagery characteristics, and image processing. The application of remote sensing technologies to land management fields and the integration of digital imagery within Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is emphasized.


GIS 4850 – Spatial Modeling in Raster

Credits: 4

Prerequisite(s): GIS 2250 and MTH 1110 with grade of “C” or better; upper division standing; or permission of instructor

Corequisite(s): GIS 3250

Description: This is an upper-division course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an emphasis on spatial analysis and modeling. The underlying foundations of map algebra are discussed along with practical exercises that allow the student to develop familiarity with those procedures. This course offers an opportunity for students with a solid background in the fundamentals of GIS to apply the analytical capabilities of this technology to model real-world situations in support of decision-making. Application of GIS to the fields of Land Use Planning and Natural Resource Management are emphasized.


GIS 4860 – GIS Applications

Credits: 4

Prerequisite(s): GIS 2250 with a grade of “C” or better, upper division standing; or permission of instructor

Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): GIS 3250

Description: This course provides advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with emphasis on vector data models. Students will gain conceptual knowledge about the advantages and limitations of various vector GIS data models (shapefiles, coverages, geodatabases) in support of land management and scientific applications, as well as practical exercises using Arc/Info and ArcGIS software. Students will gain advanced experience in spatial data management, spatial analysis, and project management. Students will be responsible for a GIS application project of their own creation.


GIS 4870 – Spatial Databases

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 4860 with a grade of “C” or better, and upper division standing; or permission of instructor

Description: This upper-division course emphasizes the challenges and uniqueness of spatial data organization from specific database models to national spatial data infrastructures. Students will gain theoretical and practical experience designing, implementing, and managing georelational and object-relational databases for planning and natural resource applications. Practical experience in spatial database creation using Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Database Management Systems (DBMS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be stressed.


GIS 4880 – Current Topics in GIS: Variable Topics

Credits: 1-3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 2250 with a grade of “C” or better

Description: This course covers important topics in GIS and remote sensing, emphasizing new concepts and technological developments. The course content will vary, and the course may be repeated for credit as the course topic changes with a maximum of six credits earned.


GIS 4890 – Advanced GIS Project

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GIS 4860 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor

Description: This is a senior-level capstone course for land use majors with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students serve as GIS specialists working on individual or group projects with emphasis on land use applications. Students manage a project from inception to completion, including databases and maps, as well as a final report and presentation.

University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

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