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Northwest Missouri State University

Course Descriptions





Principles of GIS

A rigorous study of fundamental GIS principles, including the nature of spatial data, vector and raster data models, and key GIS analysis operations.


Applications of Remotely Sensed Data

Covers the use of remotely sensed information in a geographic information system environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding different data sources, tools, and techniques used in remote sensing.


Digital Cartography and Geovisualization

A cartography course utilizing computer assisted cartography and advanced techniques of map construction.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or permission of instructor.


Digital Image Processing

Further explores the techniques and concepts learned in introductory remote sensing. Explores advanced techniques in image analysis and processing.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-543 or permission of instructor.


Spatial Analysis and Geostatistics

Designed to make the student familiar with the analysis and statistic tools used by geographers. Covers the fundamental aspects of geostatistics that are used in research and business environments.


GIScience Research Seminar

A research writing seminar for new GIScience graduate students. Students will develop awareness of various research methods, as well as their own GIScience research interests. In addition, this course will help students become familiar with writing, thinking, and criticizing at the graduate school level.


Special Topics in Geographic Information Science

This course will cover special topics in the field that are not dealt with in regular coursework. This may be a new area outside of the current GIScience curriculum or further study in more detail of other coursework. Individual course offerings and descriptions will vary.


GIS Theory and Research

Complex applications of GISciences (GIS) use advanced data models and analytical methods. This course provides student in-depth examination the fundamental data structure, algorithm and theories behind the user-friendly interface of GISystems. Innovative research topics of GIScience are also been investigated in order to assist the students to define their own research topics.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or equivalent.


Raster-based GIS and Modeling

Covers advanced topics in GIS using the raster data structure. Emphasis is placed on the use of raster-based data for spatial modeling applications.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or equivalent.


GIS Customization

An advanced course in the use of programming techniques in geographic information systems. Emphasis will be placed on user-interface customization, macro-script programming, and simple simulation and modeling.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or equivalent.


GIS Database Design

A comprehensive study of the process of GIS database design, including user needs assessment and conceptual, logical, and physical database design. Emphasizes design of the spatial component of GIS data.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or equivalent.


GIS Project Management

A study of GIS project management at several levels, from organization planning for GIS implementation to the management of individual GIS projects.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or equivalent.


Trends in GIS

A virtual seminar addressing the latest trends in Geographic Information Systems and Science. Additionally, students will develop a draft of their thesis proposal.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or equivalent.


Issues in Cartographic Design

This course bridges the evolution of GIS output from traditional cartographic methods to recently developed cartographic techniques and is intended to familiarize the student with the technology and design issues on the use of cartographic output in conjunction with GIS. Cartography is a fundamental tool of geography; it is also a science and art in its own right. A cartographer uses principles of design, perception, statistics, and communication. This course provides a compendium of methods and samples for symbolizing and visualizing spatial data.

Prerequisite: Geog 32-545 or equivalent.


GIS Thesis

Required for the M.S. degree. Registration for thesis credit requires the approval of the graduate advisor and department chairperson.