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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE (GIS)
College of Liberal Arts
Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustain Studies
 
GIS 3533 - Multimedia, Animated and Internet Mapping
(4.0 cr; Prereq-GEOG 3532; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 3533; A-F only, fall, every year)
In an age where the user has increasingly become their own mapmaker (e.g., Mapquest, online GIS) this course examines recent issues in cartography related to map animation, the Internet, geovisualization, and on-demand cartographic systems-focusing on the new cartographic challenges and opportunities associated with interactive, digital mapping systems. This class will examine both theoretical and practical issues in the design of effective digital maps and mapping systems.



GIS 3563 - Geographic Information Science I: Theory and Analysis
(4.0 cr; Prereq-GEOG 2552; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 3564 or 4563 and 4564.; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Emphasizes the concepts needed to use GIS effectively for manipulating, querying, analyzing and visualizing spatial data. This course will provide an introduction to and basic skills with industry standard GIS software in a wide variety of applications in both the natural and social sciences. The course will cover basic data modeling, data manipulation, and analytical methods and implications of geospatial technologies on society.



GIS 3564 - Geographic Information Science II: Applied GIS
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3563; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 3564 or 4563 and 4564.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
This course provides more hands-on skills with industry standard GIS software in a wide variety of applications in both the natural and social sciences. The course will cover the design aspects of application, as well as organizational and institutional aspects of applied GIScience. Lastly, the courses will consider ethics and geospatial information and a code of ethics for geospatial professionals.



GIS 3580 - Earth Imagery
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2552; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 3580; A-F only, fall, every year)
This course is a selective overview of the methods used for imaging the Earth, it's atmospher, and it's subsurface. The main objective is to expose students to some of the common methods of Earth Imaging and provide them with a hands on experience. This course introduces airphotos, satellite imaging, and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs). By the end of the course students will be able to comfortably analyse airphotos, Landsat and other satellite data, and create and analyse DEMs.



GIS 3591 - Independent Study in GIS
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
For students interested in doing advanced work in selected fields of GIS.



GIS 3595 - GIS Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Topics in GIS of current and special interest to students that are not offered in regular department curriculum. Topics may involve specialties of staff or visiting faculty.



GIS 3597 - Internship in GIS
(3.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-GIS major with minimum 60 credits and instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Scheduled assignments with direct supervision in public agencies or relevant private firms.



GIS 4585 - Applied Statistics in GIS
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3563 and STAT 1411; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 3585 or GIS 3585; no grad credit.; A-F only, spring, every year)
The aim of this course is to provide GIS students or students in related fields or interested in spatial data analysis, with little to no previous statistical knowledge, with the basic skills needed to question and analyze data and reach valuable conclusions. Many of the methods covered in this course are commonly used in various fields of social or environmental studies, in economy and management, in sciences and engineering: statistics are a linqua franca that is often a key element of interdisciplinary work. however, there will be an emphasis on the specificity of date that varies in space, and methods specific to spatial analysis will be introduced. Through the theoretical background will be discussed, the class will focus more on application that on theory, through a problem solving approach. We will use a variety of software, mostly ArcGIS, QGIS and MS Excel.



GIS 5571 - Geographic Information Science in Urban Analysis
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3563 or grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 5571; A-F only, fall, odd academic years)
This advanced course serves to provide students with an opportunity to explore the many applications of geographic information systems in local government, transportation development, and community planning. Students will learn how GIS can be used to effectively carry out urban and regional planning tasks. Several lab projects will be focused around advanced tasks in GIS analysis using land-use planning subject areas and will use Duluth area data. Several guess lectures will focus on current GIS projects and "real-world" experience. Students will gain a basic understanding of GIS project planning and data management. Software used will be ESRI ArcGIS.



GIS 5572 - Environmental Application of GIS
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3563 or grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 5572; A-F only, fall, every year)
Introduction to ArcGIS and its applications to the environmental issues such as natural hazards, forest management, contaminated sites, soil erosion, habitat assessment, and regional planning.



GIS 5573 - GIScience in Regional Sustainability Applications
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3563 or grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 5573; A-F only, spring, odd academic years)
This course serves to provide students wtih an opportunity to explore the many applications of geographic information systems in environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and community planning for the future. Students will learn how GIS can be used to effectively carry out short term GIS projects. Focus will be on current topics such as energy use calculations, sustainable community development, watershet planning and transit planning in the regional area. Several guest lectures will focus on current GIS applications Software used will be ESRI ArcGIS.



GIS 5581 - Digital Image Processing and Analysis
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3580 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for GEOG 4580 or GEOG 5581; A-F only, spring, every year)
This advanced remote sensing course focuses on theories and applications of digital image processing and provides students with knowledge and skills of advance digital image processing and analysis techniques. Topics include image display and disualization, methods for geometric and radiometric corrections, image enhancement, image classification and change detection, digital image processing, analysis of hyperspectral and active microwave images.



GIS 5591 - Independent Study in GIS
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Independent problems for postbaccalaureate students interested in doing additional work in selected fields in GIS.



GIS 5595 - GIS Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-minimum 90 credits or #; maximum 6 credits to grad program; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Topics in GIS of current and special interest to students that are not offered in regular department curriculum. Topics may involve specialties of staff or visiting faculty.



 
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