Academic Catalog

Geographic Info Sciences (GISC)

GISC 200  - Introduction to GIS  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to the theory and application of GIS technology, providing students with the knowledge required to plan and undertake a project that has a GIS component. ArcGIS is used in hands-on practical sessions that illustrate theoretical concepts including the nature of geographical information and the different types of spatial data and tools. Weekly or bi-weekly assignments.

GISC 351  - Spatial Analysis  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: GEOG 250 or EESC 205 or GISC 200 or permission of instructor. Concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasis on the use of GIS as a method for analyzing and solving geographic problems. Practical assignments weekly or bi-weekly.

GISC 440  - Application of Spatial Statistics and Models in GIS  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: GISC 351 or GEOG 351A. This course focuses on the application of statistics and quantitative methods in GIS. It emphasizes the development of statistical methodology appropriate for analyzing spatial data, modeling spatial relationships, and exploring data within ArcGIS. Practical assignments weekly or bi-weekly.

GISC 450  - GIS Programming  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisites: GISC 351 or GEOG 351A. Introduction to fundamental concepts of computer programming, OOP concepts, and ESRI’s Python Applications Programming Interface (API) ArcPy. Students develop custom tools and solutions that extend core ArcGIS functionality; apply object-oriented programming concepts; and develop Python resources to create applications and tools that perform specific GIS tasks. Includes hands-on programming exercises, where students write scripts and develop custom tools that automate tasks.

GISC 471  - Special Topics  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Advanced course in Geographic Information Science. Topic selected in advance by instructor.

GISC 482  - Web GIS: Concepts and Applications  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisites: GISC 351 or GEOG 351A. Concepts and basic practical applications of Web GIS. Students will learn how to use the state-of-art technical skills and knowledge to quickly develop Web GIS applications to publish, share, and combine various geospatial resources through the Internet. Practical assignments weekly or bi-weekly.

GISC 491  - Directed Study in GIS  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisites: At least 12 credit hours of certificate coursework and permission of instructor. Intensive individual research using GIS under the guidance of a faculty member. When taken as capstone to the GIS Certificate it must be in the last term of the GISC program.

GISC 499  - GIS Internship  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisites: At least 12 credit hours of certificate coursework and permission of instructor. Supervised off campus experience. When taken as capstone to the GIS Certificate it must be in the last term of the GISC program.