GEOG 215: Introduction to GIS

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Social Science

Introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which display, store, edit, and analyze spatial information. Topics will include data input, management, and manipulation to create maps and perform spatial data analyses using ArcGIS.  Previous GIS experience is not required, but students must be proficient with Windows OS.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics

  1. Basic cartography (map making)
  2. Geospatial data models (vector, raster)
  3. Coordinate systems (UTM, State Plane, GCS (i.e., Lat/Long))
  4. Data collection, transfer and storage
    1. Digitizing
    2. Data collection using GNSS (e.g., GPS)
    3. Exchange formats including shapefile and KML
    4. Storage formats (TIFF and geodatabase)
  5. GIS Applications: How to answer geospatial questions using:
    1. Joins, relates, tabular queries  
    2. Spatial operations and overlays 
    3. LiDAR and other high-resolution raster data (i.e., satellite)
    4. Point interpolation methods (optional, but recommended)
  6. GIS Applications and how they relate to one or more of the following:
    1. Social justice or sustainability
    2. Natural resources management
    3. Public health