Fundamentals of GIS (GEOG 5500)
This course introduces the basic principles of GIScience and spatial analysis using GIS software, primarily ArcGIS Desktop. It will focus on teaching students the principles and operation of GIS software through computer-based exercises and project. Exercises train students in solving spatial problem utilizing GIS mapping and statistical methods. The project will give students hands-on experience in using computerized technologies for geographic analysis. It intends to help students understand GIS technical issues and become proficient with GIS software. The course also focuses on learning about GIS concepts, independent of the software that is used to address them.
Application Issues of GIS (GEOG 5510)
The course covers the application of geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasis will be placed on understanding GIS through actual use of ArcGIS software. Students will study principal functional components of ArcGIS including: general GIS design and management theory, spatial and attribute data automation, spatial database design and database management, spatial analysis, cartographic production, and application design and implementation. The course includes a final project component, where students investigate a GIS application in depth.
Elective Courses (two required)
Location Analysis (GEOG 5100)
This course introduces the concepts of Location Theory that are implemented within GIS environment. The students will learn the classical problems of locating different types of facilities for the given study area and assigning the target population to those facilities in an optimal manner. The basics of linear programming combined with GIS operations will be introduced and utilized in the homework assignments.
GIS in Transportation (GEOG 5130)
This course introduces the major concepts pertaining to the subject of the urban transportation design and management using geospatial technologies. The content of this class is aimed to teach the students about transportation systems, specifically how they function and which role they play for the space-economy and the policies regulating and promoting transportation development. A special attention is given to the formulation and use of transportation models, visualization and analysis of of transportation systems within GIS environment.
GIS Modeling of the Urban Environment (GEOG 5520)
The course teaches the available GIS techniques for the analysis and characterization of the urban setting focusing on population growth, economic development, population diversity trends and urban environmental issues. The students will be assigned exercises that help understand the diverse planning issues in cities and implement spatial technology to better model the multifaceted urban living.
GIS Certificate Completion
To earn the Certificate, a student must pass all courses counted toward the Certificate with a grade of B or better. When an admitted student has completed the 12 credits of coursework, the student must contact the GIS Certificate Program Coordinator [Rich Mrozinski – firstname.lastname@example.org] stating they have completed all coursework. The Coordinator will generate an advisement report and send it to the Graduate School on the students behalf. This report needs to be generated after you have finished all four courses for the GIS Certificate. After review of the advisement report, the Graduate School notifies the student that the GIS Certificate has been awarded by letter and email, and the appropriate designation will appear on the student’s official university transcript.