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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Instructor: Lisa Jordan
Credits: 4

This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS): a combination of the hardware, software, and community involved in the collection, distribution, visualization, and analysis of spatial data. The concepts and theories that underpin GIS are often referred to as Geographic Information Science, and the course surveys this groundwork. We will also cover the tools and spatial analysis techniques available to you in GIS applications, specifically ArcGIS, GeoDa, R Studio, online GIS applications, and other open-source software packages (such as QGIS). The course is designed to introduce GIS bottom up: beginning with spatial data (types of data, how they are collected, where to find data, and how to create data), followed by basic cartographic techniques (map design, visualization techniques, and data display), and capped off with spatial analysis (advanced analysis tools and spatial statistics). For Fall 2021, GIS will be taught as a Community-Based Learning course, where our work in the class will contribute to the construction of an Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI) for the Borough of Madison, as well as a template for other New Jersey towns to complete online, accessible, and interactive ERIs. The course requires 18-20 hours of service work in support of civic organizations using GIS.

Meeting Time/Dates

  • Time: 9:00-10:15am
  • Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Term: Fall, 2021

Registration Information

  • ENV-302 Geographic Information Systems (CRN: 10257)
  • BIOL-302 Geographic Information Systems (CRN: 10023)

About Community-Based Learning Courses

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with offcampus 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.

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