(GIS) Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, querying, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced data. It has become commonplace in a multitude of disciplines. With the rapid advancement in spatial technology, GIS has involved our daily lives ranging from personal GPS navigation device to sophisticated systems for air traffic control. In the Spatial Science program, we offer a wide variety of GIS courses centralized on applications in natural resources. We are committed to our teaching and research by staying up-to-date with our geographic information systems. Students will learn first hand experiences both in the lab and in the field. It prepares them for the high demand job market of spatial technology or advanced studies in spatial science.
Students will learn digital imagery processing acquired from aerial and satellite platforms. By understanding the theoretical and practical applications of digital remote sensing for natural resources management, students will use the most current industry standard remote sensing software. Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding of how to convert a digital image into a land cover map. Topics covered include a history and overview of remote sensing, the electromagnetic spectrum, analog versus digital imagery, image acquisition, radiometric correction, geometric correction, image classification, and accuracy assessment.
Students willl investigate the programming behind the Graphic User Interfaces of GIS software, such as ArcGIS and GoogleEarth. The benefits of GIS programming are 1) to be able to perform repetitive tasks efficiently; 2) to automate complex GIS modeling; 3) to create new tools and functionalities for special purpose or research applications; and 4) to provide spatial solutions to non-GIS users. Students will learn the fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming including the theories and practices that are widely adopted by modern programming languages such as Java and C#. Students will be prepared for professional GIS jobs and advanced programming careers.