Courses offered Spring 2023

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems-GIS

Jan 23 to Mar 3

WINTER 2023 DATES - January 23, 2023 to March 3, 2023

This introductory course provides the history, purpose, functionality and basic uses of geographical information systems (GIS) as a tool for demonstrating information in relation to locations on the earth and moments in time. While map data may often serve as the basis for using or understanding geographical information, more complex data and systems may be analyzed using GIS tools to grow understanding of geographical phenomena. For the sake of consistency, ArcGIS tools will be used to familiarize students with the basic application and function of GIS technology in relation to data.

The major goals of the course are to: Understand the basic functionality of GIS software using ESRI tools; and apply this knowledge to real-world problems. By the end of the two-week course, students should be able to:

Successfully navigate ArcGIS software to perform basic map building and data management.

Apply GIS techniques to questions related to human and environmental challenges.