A-Z Index

Course Descriptions

Course No. Name Description


Principles of GIS

GIS is a powerful technology for managing and analyzing geographic data. This course provides students with the conceptual background for a rigorous study of fundamental GIS principles, including the nature of spatial data, vector and raster data models, and key GIS analysis operations. It provides a strong foundation for advanced courses or work in GIS. 


Applications of Remotely Sensed Data

This course integrates the use of remotely sensed information into a GIS environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding image formats, imagery sources on the Internet, composite color display schemes, visual interpretation, and getting data out of images. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-602


Cartographic Design and Visualization

A cartography course that introduces fundamental cartographic theory and emphasizes effective visual thinking and visual communication with Geographic Information Systems. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-602


Fundamentals of 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. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-602


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.


Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence

Orientation to the geographic foundations of geospatial intelligence and its applications in national security, international relief work, and disaster management.


GIS and Spatial Analytics

This course helps students develop a comprehensive and systematic understanding of spatial analysis methods and learn practical skills in using GIS and spatial analysis to discover features of spatial distributions. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-602


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 32-602


Geoprocessing with Python

An introductory course for developing programming skills for geoprocessing in ArcGIS using the Python scripting language. Python fundamentals and the use of ArcGIS geoprocessing functions and methods will be the primary focus of this course. A brief overview of Model Builder for developing geoprocesses will also be discussed. No previous programming experience is required. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-602 


Internet GIS

This course provides concepts and hands-on experience on current technologies for disseminating maps on the Internet. Students will learn how to author and publish GIS maps online and develop web applications. Experience in web programming is helpful but not required. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-602


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 32-602


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 32-602


Trends and Applications in GIScience

Addressing the applications and latest trends in Geographic Information Science. Provides a framework and theoretical concepts for understanding spatial problems along with real-world case studies to implement GIS solutions. Prerequisite: 32-602


Digital Image Processing

An advanced remote sensing course focusing on image processing techniques.  In this course, we will further the understanding of the concepts learned in the introductory remote sensing course (Geog 32-604) and explore various image processing techniques to extract information from remotely sensed images. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-604 or permission of instructor


GIScience Research Seminar

A research seminar for GIScience graduate students who are ready to start their research component. This seminar is to help students develop an awareness of various research methods and of the literature review process, as well as their own GIScience research interests. Students become familiar with thinking, writing, and criticizing at the graduate level. Prerequisite: Eighteen credit hours of coursework in the MS GIScience program, including GEOG 32-602


GIScience Research Project

This course will help GIScience graduate students conduct a project and fulfill their research component requirement for graduation. Through this project, students will demonstrate their abilities to apply GIScience knowledge and skills to an appropriate problem or situation. Students will document and present their research process and findings. Prerequisite: GEOG 32-680