Learning Pathways - Geospatial Analysis


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.


Mark Jakubauskas, Environmental Studies -  Lead Faculty Member, Geospatial Analysis
Xingong Li, Geography & Atmospheric Science
Stephen Egbert, Geography & Atmospheric Science

Kathleen Nuckolls, Environmental Studies
Ting Lei, Geography & Atmospheric Science


Suggested Courses

Typically Offered Every Year

EVRN 410 Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to the use, display, and analysis of spatial data. Students will acquire a foundational skill-set in geographic information systems and remote sensing using industry-standard GIS software and will apply these skills using environmental data and case studies. Prerequisite: EVRN 148 or EVRN 149 or GEOG 148 or GEOG 149; EVRN 103 or HIST 103, EVRN 150 or GEOG 150 or EVRN 347 or HIST 347. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
3 55840
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.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Wichman, Katy
3 58134
GEOG 358 Introduction to 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.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lei, Ting
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
4 46883
LBN Wesley, Elizabeth
F 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 310 - LAWRENCE
4 47355
LBN Wesley, Elizabeth
M 01:00-02:50 PM LIN 310 - LAWRENCE
4 47356
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 Spring 2020 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.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Li, Xingong
M 02:00-04:30 PM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
4 41472
LBN Coll, James
W 11:00-12:50 PM LIN 310 - LAWRENCE
4 41473
LBN Coll, James
Th 11:00-12:50 PM LIN 310 - LAWRENCE
4 41474
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 Spring 2020 semester.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in enrolling in one of the courses listed above, remember to check the Schedule of Classes or contact the offering department (e.g., Geography & Atmospheric Science) to verify that the course will be offered during the semester in which you plan to enroll in the course.

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