Learning Pathways - Geospatial Analysis

Description

An emphasis in geospatial analysis and remote sensing is outstanding preparation for careers in private engineering and environmental companies, government agencies, and universities.  Geographic information systems have become the key means by which spatial data are organized, queried, analyzed, and displayed, and are becoming increasingly part of everyday life through such portals as Google Maps/Earth, online mapping, and digital navigation.  Students pursuing this pathway should endeavor to undertake coursework and experience in a wide spectrum of geospatial technologies.

Faculty

Mark Jakubauskas, Environmental Studies -  Lead Faculty Member, Geospatial Analysis
Jerome Dobson, Geography
Xingong Li, Geography
Kathleen Nuckolls, Environmental Studies

Resources

Suggested Courses

Civil Engineering

CE 192 Civil Engineering Graphics
Introduction to computer-aided design (CAD) tools for civil and environmental engineering practice. This course covers 2D drafting and 3D modeling. Prerequisite: MATH 104. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Xie, Kun
MW 10:30-11:50 AM EATN 1014 - LAWRENCE
MW 10:30-11:50 AM EATN 1018 - LAWRENCE
3 10795

Environmental Studies

EVRN 410 Geospatial Analysis
Focuses on applications of geospatial technologies to environmental issues using case study examples and data, and provide students with a foundational skill-set in geographic information systems, remote sensing, and GPS techniques. Prerequisite: EVRN/GEOG 148/149; EVRN/HIST 103, EVRN/GEOG 150 or EVRN/HIST 347. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
T 02:20-05:00 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
3 16693
EVRN 510 Advanced Environmental Applications in Geospatial Techniques
This course focuses on applying advanced geospatial mapping and analysis techniques to "real-world" environmental issues. Course content may include lecture/lab time on advanced geospatial topics; a major class project, small-group projects, or individual projects; or half-semester internships with state agencies or campus entities that will culminate in an individual project. The specific nature of projects will be driven largely by student interest and ability, as well as agency/center needs. Prerequisite: EVRN 410 or equivalent course; or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

Geography

GEOG 357 History and Philosophy of Geographic Information Science
An examination of the development of geographic information science (GISci) from its roots in traditional geography, cartography, and remote sensing to modern geographic information systems (GIS). GIS is explored as a new scientific instrument, a "macroscope" for representing and analyzing complex earth processes, both physical and cultural. The societal benefits and risks of GIS are demonstrated and discussed. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

GEOG 358 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to computer-based analysis of spatial data. Covers basic principles of collecting, storing, analyzing, and displaying spatial data. Emphasis is on problem-solving activities using common spatial analytical techniques (e.g., map overlay). The student will gain extensive hands-on experience with state-of-the-art GIS software. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lei, Ting
MW 03:00-04:15 PM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
4 11694
LBN
F 11:00-12:50 PM LIN 310 - LAWRENCE
4 11695
LBN
R 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 310 - LAWRENCE
4 11696
GEOG 458 Geographical Information Systems: _____
An introduction to the organization and components of geographic information systems and their software. Fundamental concepts and their implementation with applications to physical and human systems. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

GEOG 558 Intermediate Geographical Information Systems
An intermediate level course in geographic information science designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate level students who already have an introductory understanding of GIS. Emphasis will be placed on the application of spatial analytical techniques to geographical problem-solving. Topics include spatial data structures, interpolation techniques, terrain analysis, cost surfaces, and database management technique. Students will apply knowledge gained in lecture and reading to natural resource, urban, and scientific applications using state-of-the-art GIS software. Prerequisite: GEOG 358 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

GEOG 560 GIS Application Programming
This course teaches programming within Geographic Information Systems. Students learn how to customize GIS applications to automate data processing and spatial analysis through programming languages. GIS programming concepts and methods are introduced from the aspects of spatial data management and analysis covering both the vector and raster data models. Prerequisite: GEOG 558 and a course in programming languages. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


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