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College of Arts and Sciences > Natural Resources Management > Environmental Geology > Geographic Information System Minor and Certificate Program > Requirements

Course Requirement Descriptions

GEOL 101 Survey of Earth Science (4)*
An introduction to the broad spectrum of modern earth sciences, including astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and physical geology for the science and non-science major student.  Volcanoes, earthquakes, continental drift, glaciers, wind action, groundwater, rivers, and landslides are some of the topics discussed. 
* FOR  105, POLS 151, or ANTH 102 may be substituted for GEOL 101

FOR 4/512 Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (4)
Surveying is the determination of boundaries and positions on the earth’s surface.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are geospatially-referenced databases that relate positions of points or areas to data and properties.  The course will explore the applications of these technologies to environmental and natural resources problems. Prerequisites: Math 140 w/ at least a “C”, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4/515 Remote Sensing and Analysis (4)
Remote sensing is a technique used to collect data about the earth without taking a physical sample of the earth's surface. A sensor is used to measure the energy reflected from the earth. This information can be displayed as a digital image or as a photograph.  This class provides students with an understanding of remote sensing theory, applications, and case studies, conceptual and working knowledge of airborne and satellite remote sensing and image processing. Students will be able to acquire data, process the images, create appropriate data, analyze the accuracy of the results, and utilize the data for specific applications. Prerequisites: Math 140 w/ at least a “C”, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4/518 Advanced GIS (4)
Geographic Information System (GIS) is a scheme of hardware, software, and procedures designed to support the capture, management, manipulation, analysis, modeling and display of spatially referenced data for solving complex planning and management problems. The course will build upon knowledge and experience in GIS gained in the introductory course to provide students with an understanding of cartographic and geodetic concepts impacting GIS analysis, field data collection techniques with global positioning systems and handheld computer mapping software, effective map design, and modeling topographic and statistical surfaces. Prerequisites: for 412, Math 140 w/ at least a “C”, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4/593 Directed Study: Capstone Seminar (2) (3)
Individual, directed research study arranged with an instructor. Students will conduct an independent research project involving GIS and/or remote sensing analysis applied to a subject of study associated with their discipline. Each student will present a written report and applied GIS project to their mentor. All students will be responsible for demonstrating how GIS technology has enabled them to address a spatial problem more effectively. Prerequisites: for 412 Surveying and Geographic Information Systems, GEOL 415 Remote Sensing and Analysis, and GEOL 418 Advanced GIS.

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