GIST 315: 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)