Course Info: NS-0268

CourseNS-0268 Intro to GIS
Long TitleIntroduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Natural Resources Management
Note(s) Textbook information
Meeting InfoCole Science CenterüCole Science Center 316ü316 on T,THüTH from 2:00-3:20ü3:20-5:00
FacultySteve Roof
Cumulative Skill(s)Quantitative Skills
Independent Work
Additional InfoIn this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are rapidly evolving computerized tools that facilitate describing, modeling, and managing our natural resources. In this course, students learned GIS tools, specifically Google Earth Pro and ArcGIS 10.5, to map and analyze natural resources. Students completed a four-module online course called “Get Started with ArcMap” that required three hours to complete. All students learned basic GIS tools such as selecting features by attributes and location, combining and clipping spatial datafiles, working with raster data, and, finally, creating effective maps for presentations. Students learned to locate and use existing data files from internet sources and also learned to create and edit new data sets. Students developed their own GIS projects, learning the advanced components of ArcGIS necessary for their specific project work. Students completed the semester by creating and presenting posters of their project results during a class symposium.