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GEOG 245 A   Geographic Information Systems Back to Results  

Environmental Geography Majors 12-10
Environmental Studies Majors 4400
Geography Majors 1112-10

InstructorScull, Peter R.
MeetsMW 120-235, HO 238
RestrictionsNo 2018 Instr sign req during Drop/Add
DistributionSocial Science Requirement
Core AreaNone
Count TowardsENS1/Environmental Biology ENS3/Environmental Geography

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This course focuses on the theory, function, and application of geographic information systems (GIS). The analytical powers of GIS are rooted in its ability to manage large volumes of geographically referenced data representing both physical and social characteristics. As such, GIS has become an important analytical approach in most subfields of geography. This course begins with an examination of basic mapping concepts, geographic data issues, symbolism, and generalization. Course emphasis then shifts to issues in GIS data structure, collection, and input. Once a solid understanding of these GIS foundation issues is achieved, course attention turns to the analytical powers and applications of GIS. These topics are reinforced by a series of exercises dealing with local geographic data. The course makes use of the ArcGIS geographic information system and involves map digitization, geographic data collection (using global positioning systems, satellite imagery, and aerial photography), database management, and spatial analysis. (Formerly GEOG 345.)