Geographic Information Systems

Program Plan

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Catalog 2014-15: AAS.GIST CER.GIST

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Geographic Information Systems
4.0 credits GIST-115: Map Use, Interpretation & Des
The basic principles, functions, origins, use, interpretation, and cartographic design of maps will be covered through lecture discussion and lab exercises. Topics include understanding map projections, scale, direction, grids, color theory, display of qualitative and quantitative data, thematic, general reference, and special purpose maps.
Offered: FALL
4.0 credits GIST-118: Geospatial Analysis
This course studies symbology and categorization, quantity and pattern recognition through classification and density mapping for comparison. Inside-outside, distance and time-based analyses are also studied as well as displaying geospatial distributions and the use of spatial statistics to establish confidence levels for said analyses.
Offered: SP
4.0 credits GIST-120: GPS & Surveying Methods
This course provides an overview of global positioning systems. Topics include the theory, implementation, and operations of GPS. The fundamentals of acquiring GIS data using GPS technology, and surveying methods important for use in a GIS are also studied.
Offered: FALL
4.0 credits GIST-151: GIS I
This course covers the fundamentals of GIS theory and application. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how geographic features are represented, captured, and stored as digital data, and how that data may be analyzed and mapped using state-of-the-art GIS tools. Lab projects will develop hands-on expertise with industry standard software.
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits GIST-201: GIS II
This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in GIS I. This course provides more detailed instruction on the theories and procedures associated with the implementation of GIS projects, their management, and their completion. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth spatial analysis and applications of GIS in a wide variety of fields. Research, analysis, and GIS methods will be covered in lecture through case studies and real-world examples. Hands-on expertise will be further developed.
Offered: FALL
4.0 credits GIST-230: Geographic Image Analysis
This course will cover the foundation of remote sensing, aerial photo interpretation, the use of imagery in GIS, and 3D visualization through lecture and lab. Students will engage in specific applications such as image classification and multi-spectral analysis to solve real world urban and environmental problems. Applications may include analyses of land use/land cover, planning, transportation, public safety, vegetation, biodiversity, ecology, water resources, and geology.
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits GIST-270: Advanced GIS
Advanced topics in GIS will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on research methods, analysis, and GIS project planning, implementation, and management. Students will select a project of interest to work on through out the semester. Students may select a research topic, build a GIS, or design a user application working in groups or individually. This is a capstone course for the GIST degree.
Offered: SP
1.0 - 3.0 credits GIST-285: GIS Internship
Internships and fieldwork comprise a significant portion of the students' work in this Geographic Information Systems course (GIS). This course provides the opportunity to interact with a municipal, industrial, or service organization. Emphasis is placed on defining a question, gathering and analyzing pertinent data, and drawing conclusions leading to question resolution. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate their command of GIS/GPS applications for problem solving.

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