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GEOG 2552: Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information
This course will define a map and consider maps as tools for communication. Students will explore the effects of scale, projection, cartographic symbolization and generalization on the mapping process and resulting digital databases. Students will be introduced to spatial data models, types of spatial data and representation, and will study alternative or non-traditional map representations provided by GIS and Remote Sensing.

GEOG 3532: Map Design and Geographic Visualization
Thematic mapping of qualitative and quantitative data. Data measurement levels and their relationships to geographic phenomena and map symbols. Appropriate treatment (both statistical and representational) of map data. Designing and creating maps using computers.

GIS 3533: Multimedia, Animated and Internet Mapping
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
Emphasizes the concepts needed to use GIS effectively for manipulating, querying, analyzing and visualizing spatial data. This course will provide an introduction to 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, basic analytical methods and the implications of geospatial technologies on society.

GIS 3564: Geographic Information Science II: Applied GIS
This course builds on GEOG 3563, providing 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 applications, as well as organizational and institutional aspects of applied GIScience. Lastly, the course will consider ethics and geospatial information and a code of ethics for geospatial professionals.

GIS 5571: GIS in Urban Analysis
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. Guest 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
Introduction to ArcGIS and its applications to environmental issues such as natural hazards, forest management, contaminated sites, soil erosion, habitat assessment, and regional planning.

GIS 5573: GIScience in Regional Sustainability Applications
This course serves to provide students with an opportunity to explore the many applications of geographic information systems in environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and community planning. 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, watershed planning and transit planning in the regional area. Several guest lectures will focus on current GIS applications Software used will be ESRI ArcGIS.

GIS 3580: Earth Imagery
This course is a selective overview of the methods used for imaging the Earth, its atmosphere, and its 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 analyze airphotos, Landsat and other satellite data, and create and analyze DEMs.

GIS 5581: Digital Image Processing and Analysis
This advanced remote sensing course focuses on theories and applications of digital image processing and provides students with knowledge and skills of advanced digital image processing and analysis techniques. Topics include image display and visualization, methods for geometric and radiometric corrections, image enhancement, image classification and change detection, digital image processing, and analysis of hyperspectral and active microwave images.

GIS 3585: Spatial Statistics & Analytical Methods
This course covers statistical models and methods for processes whose value varies in space. Particular attention will be paid to the use of spatial covariance functions to describe spatial dependence of a process, the interpolation of spatial processes and the close relationship between spatial covariance functions and spatial interpolation. Much of the work in the class will be done in groups, including at least one substantial project.

GIS 3591: Independent Study in GIS
For students interested in doing advanced work in selected fields of GIS.

GIS 5591: Independent Study in GIS
For students interested in doing advanced work in selected fields of GIS.

GIS 3597: Internship in GIS
Scheduled assignments with direct supervision in public agencies or relevant private firms.

 

 

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