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Advanced Geographic Information Systems

Instructor: Lisa Jordan
Credits: 4

Advanced Geographic Information Systems expands on introductory GIS material by exploring topics in spatial statistics, programming, and multimedia.  Research topics are studied within the context of team-based projects that support GIS analysis for community partners.  The class takes a problem solving approach that emphasizes the importance of communication within teams and between students and community partners.  As part of this approach, students meet with partners to set project goals and objectives, communicate with partners at critical stages of the project, present project results, and self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of the development process as well as the overall results.  In order to link theory and practice, this course builds on the Community Based Learning (CBL) curriculum by connecting students to community partners that work globally, nationally, and locally.  Student coursework in Advanced GIS includes a minimum 18-20 hours of work that directly supports our community partners, which also involves participation in off-campus activities.

Prerequisites: BIOL 302 OR ENV 302 (May be taken concurrently)

Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary; CLA-Civic Engagement; CLA-Community Based Learning; CLA-Immersive Experience; CLA-Off Campus Experience; CLA-Quantitative

Meeting Time/Days

  • Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Time: 10:25 – 11:40
  • Term: Spring, 2021

Registration Information

  • ENV 365 (CRN 30963)
  • BIOL 365 (CRN 30926)

About Community-Based Learning Courses

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with off-campus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network. All CBL classes have been approved as Immersive Experiences.

For questions: For questions related to the course, contact the instructor/s. For general questions about Community Based Learning courses contact the Center for Civic Engagement at

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