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GEOL 260 - Introduction to GIS in Earth and Environmental Sciences


Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-B1, GE-B3
Interpretation of spatial data and preparation of maps using Geographic Information Systems. Display and manipulation of vector and raster data. Map scale, projections, and coordinate transformations. Basic database queries. Global Positioning Systems. The course will include examples from Earth sciences.

Credit Restrictions: Must be taken graded A-F for credit toward the major.

Possible Instructional Methods: On-ground or Hybrid.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-B1 - Lower Division Physical Science, GE-B3 - Lower Division Laboratory Activity
Cross-listed: ENSC 260.
Course Typically Offered: Fall ONLY


Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Define geography and GIS, scale, projection, and coordinate systems and explain importance of each in GIS.
  2. Differentiate between vector, raster, and object-oriented data structures and explain the appropriate use of each of these data structures.
  3. Describe various types of GIS data capture and the basics of GIS data storage.
  4. Differentiate between attribute analysis and spatial analysis and describe the appropriate use of each type of analysis.
  5. Produce effective maps of analytical results that adhere to established cartographic standards.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency with GIS software.


B1. Physical Science Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical sciences;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method; and
  3. describe the potential limits of scientific endeavors, including the accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry.
B3. Laboratory Activity Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply their knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical and sciences through laboratory activities;
  2. apply their understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method in a laboratory setting; and
  3. demonstrate accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry, while completing laboratory activities.



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