BSGIST - Courses

BSGIST Courses

Course Descriptions
GIST 214: Introduction to Map Science

Foundational scientific principles and analytic tools for students to understand maps and cartographic practices. Geospatial technologies are an extension of these principles and practices but they cannot be fully understood, successfully deployed, or their data outputs analyzed without a basic understanding of map science principles and practices.

GIST 314: Cartographic Design and Production

Cartography is a fundamental tool of geography; it is also a science and art in its own right. Cartography uses principles of design, perception, statistics, and communication. This course introduces students to cartographic design and production principles, a fundamental skill in GIST. Laboratory exercises give students additional experience with ArcGIS software.

GIST 330: Introduction to Remote Sensing

Introduction to remote sensing principles, techniques, and applications, designed principally for those with no background in the field.

Crosslisted with: ENVS/GEN/GEOG/GEOS/WSM 330
GIST 413: Programming I

Introduction to the fundamentals of programming for Geographic Information Systems using Python. Students will be taught elements, methods and theories of scripting in Python including how to write and manipulate functions, loops, strings, lists, dictionaries, and classes with an emphasis on how to apply these tools to writing scripts in the ArcGIS environment. The only way to learn programming is by doing, and therefore this course is based on weekly coding assignments, supplemented by traditional readings and lecture materials that will build students’ conceptual understanding of their bourgeoning skills. Assessment will be based on weekly assignments, two midterm exams, and one in class presentation. (Prerequisite: GIST 417)

GIST 414: Web-Mobile GIS

Introduces students to the expanding field of web and mobile-based mapping applications development.  Students will apply skills gained in GIST I and Programming I and II to learn how to build interactive web and mobile apps that use geospatial data in an attractive format. (Prerequisite: GIST 417)

GIST 415: Open Source Geographic Information Systems

This course provides students a brief introduction about Open Source software for both desktop and internet GIS applications. Main objective of the course is to expose students to alternative open source tools for practicing GIS besides licensed and conventional GIS software. Students will go through hands on learning about applications hosting, data development, processing, and sharing using open source tools and technologies such as GITHub , Quantum GIS (QGIS), Python, GeoServer and PostGIS. Students will apply technology in lab assignments using real-world data.

GIST 416e: Geovisualization

Introduces principles and practices of Geovisualization (Geoviz) and softwares (Community and ERDAS Image).

Crosslisted with: GEOG/RNR 416E

Introduction to the application of GIS and related technologies for both the natural and social sciences. Conceptual issues in GIS database design and development, analysis, and display.

Crosslisted with: GEOG/RNR/SW/SWES 417
GIST 419: Cartographic Modeling for Natural Resources

Computer techniques for analyzing, modeling, and displaying geographic information. Development of spatially oriented problem design and the use of logic are applied to the use of GIS programs. Emphasis on applications in land resources management and planning.

GIST 420: Advanced GIS

Examines various areas of advanced GIS applications such as dynamic segmentation, surface modeling, spatial statistics, and network modeling. The use of high performance workstations will be emphasized.

Crosslisted with: GEOG/RNR 420
GIST 422: Resource Mapping using Unmanned Aerial Systems

Combining aspects of Remote Sensing and GIS, this course will teach you everything you need to know to confidently plan for, acquire, process, and interpret drone data as well as produce re-source maps (e.g., aerial photography maps) and become a li-censed UAS pilot.

GIST 457: Statistical Techniques in Geography, Regional Development, & Planning

Methods of gathering and analyzing data for the solution of geographical, urban, and regional planning problems, with emphasis on quantitative and statistical techniques used in spatial analysis and cartography, on the one hand, and program planning, on the other.

Crosslisted with: GEOG/PLG 457
GIST 470: Geo-Database

This course introduces fundamentals of database design, development, and analysis for Geographic Information Systems. Emphasis is on geospatial data and suitable database designs, and on database administration for GIS Enterprise. Topics include requirements engineering for geo-databases, database design using the Entity-Relationship model, object-relational database implementation, database normalization, database optimization, data handling, security risk management, and IT auditing. Database technologies will be demonstrated with two Spatial Database Management Systems: PostgreSQL/PostGIS and ArcGIS Server/Enterprise. Database programming will make use of Python, SQL, and Procedural SQL in PostGIS. A business case is developed as part of coursework, to train the student in the database lifecycle that supports organizational operations, planning, and data management in GIS. (Prerequisites: GIST 417)

GIST 482: Integrated Geospatial Technologies

Use of geospatial techniques and methods (database design, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, programming) to design and development spatial products and applications.  Students are complete an independent project where they design and develop an application and its associated database. (Prerequisites: GIST 417, GIST 330, GIST 315).

GIST 483: Geographical Applications of Remote Sensing

Use of aircraft and satellite imagery for monitoring landforms, soils, vegetation and land use, with the focus on problems of land-use planning, resource management and related topics.

Crosslisted with: ENVS/GEOG/PLG/RNR 483
GIST 498: Senior Capstone

A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing is required.