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Geographic Information Systems

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.  This course is also designed to meet the Immersive Experience requirement through Community-Engaged Projects and Learning. To achieve an Immersive Experience this course has expanded expectations: to both introduce GIS course concepts and content, and to apply knowledge of GIS skills and techniques to community-defined needs for spatial analysis. To do this, our course will partner with several individuals and organizations that are working locally and state-wide to address the grand challenges of climate change, public health and race and inequity, while functioning in a community context. In adherence to community-based learning (CBL) course requirements, student coursework in GIS over the semester includes a minimum 18-20 hours of work that directly supports our community partners, which also involves some participation in off-campus activities.  The entirety of our work in this course will be dedicated to collaborating and supporting community organizations, as well as the professional and personal development of all participants.

Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary; CLA-Community Based Learning; CLA-Immersive Experience; CLA-Quantitative; CLA-CEA and Au Pair

Meeting Time/Days

  • Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Time: 9:00 – 10:15
  • Term: Spring, 2021

Registration Information

  • ESS 302 (CRN 30690) / BIOL 302 (CRN 30112)

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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