GEOG501 Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems

Learn how spatial analysis and visualization is used to address real-world problems in a diversity of fields. This project-based course introduces students to the process of geospatial research and its applications to a range of disciplines and industries, including natural resource management, conservation, climate change resilience and adaptation, and urban planning.

Students will apply the skills they acquire to a semester project, resulting in a research poster that will be presented at a research symposium at the end of the semester.

Topics for Spring 2024 include:

  • Helping smallholder farmers in the Andes prepare for climate change.
  • Identifying critical habitat corridors for threatened species.
  • Using urban planning to support environmental justice and equity.

Course Details:

GEOG 501: Geographic Information Systems

Meets Wednesday 9:00 - 9:50 am and Fridays 9:00 - 11:45 pm

$50 course fee

Who is this course for?

Anyone with sophomore status or above interested in how spatial data is used to answer real-world problems. Applications explored in the course span the natural and social sciences. Students from any discipline are welcome and will have the opportunity to apply concepts to a topic within their discipline. Prior GIS experience helps, but not required. Ideal for students excited for research experience.

What else should I know?

GIS is a valued skill in both academic and industry settings. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have experience carrying out geospatial research from start to finish.

Can I earn graduate credit?

Yes! Students can earn graduate credit by completing additional readings and assignments. Reach out to Dr. Kohut to learn more.