GIS: Geographic Info Systems

Course Description

Interdisciplinary features in Geographic Information Systems. Aspects include geography, cartography, and computer science for scientific, business, and environmental applications. This will include teaching the student how to input spatial data into the computer, organize the data and perform basic spatial operations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the concepts of map scale and projections.
  • Distinguish different types of maps and how to effectively use an atlas.
  • Recognize some historic perspective in the history of human mapping and exploration of our world.
  • Utilize the tools and technologies that geographers use to gather, process, and report information from a spatial perspective. These include the compass, aerial photographs, satellite imaging, global positioning systems, geographical information systems, and computer graphics and image processing from extant GIS data bases and satellite imaging.
  • Identify the destructive impacts of acid rain, ozone depletion, soil erosion, deforestation, desertification, waste disposal, pollution, and threats to biodiversity as a result of human activities.
  • Recognize how history, culture, and geographic location can determine economic success or failure, political strength or fragmentation of a state.
  • Describe the influence of modern human lifestyles on the ecosystems of earth (overpopulation, resource depletion, monoculture and pesticide, pollution of the atmosphere and streams, energy waste and mismanagement, deforestation, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity).
  • Formulate environmental models, and human activities and lifestyles to reduce the destruction of our fragile ecosystems.
  • Demonstrate through a collaborative project how analytical GIS software can create models and projections for practical foresting, wildlife management, land use planning/ zoning and agricultural applications.

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