Geographic Information Science Minor - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours-19 semester hours, including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. GEIS MINOR INTRODUCTORY COURSE

    Complete 1 course from the following list

    ENVR 109 The Human Environment 3
    EUGS 100 Principles of Geography 3
    EUGS 101 Human Geography 3
    EUGS 102 World Geography 3
    EUGS 206 Introduction to American Urban Studies 3
    GEOS 107 Planet Earth 4
    GEOS 112 Physical Geology 4
  2. GEIS MINOR FOUNDATION COURSE

    Complete

    EUGS 270 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing 3
  3. GEIS MINOR ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete 9 semester hours from the following:

    1.  

      ENVR 455 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment 3
      EUGS 310 Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following list.

      EUGS 475 Advanced Topics in GIScience 3
      GEOS 475 Advanced Topics in GIScience 3
    3. Complete 1 course from the following list.

      EUGS 470 Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) 3
      GEOS 470 Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) 3
  4. GEIS MINOR CAPSTONE COURSE

    Complete

    EUGS 467 Senior Seminar in Geographic Information Science 3

Course Descriptions:

ENVR109: The Human Environment

An interdisciplinary course which explains the human impact, as social groups and individuals, on the natural environment. It explores the relationships and interconnectedness between natural processes and social, economic, cultural, technological, and political culture. Critical environmental issues are discussed. Crosslisted with Psychology, PSYC 109. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Offered as ENVR 109 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 160 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ENVR455: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment

Systematic study of multiband spectral reconnaissance of the environment; multifrequency radar systems and their uses. Cross listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, GEOS 455. Offered as GEOS 455 and ENVR 455 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 311 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 112 or 107 or 125 or EUGS 100.

EUGS100: Principles of Geography

The course studies the major elements of the natural environment and their interrelation. The principles and processes essential to the understanding of the natural environmental system and their significance are stressed. The elements studied include: atmosphere, weather and climate, continents, landforms, river systems, ocean currents and tides, soils, vegetation, animal and marine life. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Interdisciplinary Core, Scientific Issues. Offered as EUGS 100 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 100 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

EUGS101: Human Geography

Human Geography presents the interaction of culture and environment. Variations in environment and culture result in great differences how culture is imprinted upon the environment. The role of politics, language, religion, economics, urban systems, and technology reveal the relative intensity with which culture roots in nature. Emphasis is upon culture as a force that shapes the human use of the earth. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Offered as EUGS 101 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 161 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

EUGS102: World Geography

World geography aims to present essential facts and concepts about the natural and human environment of major regions and countries. The course presents a picture of regions as developed through the interactions of natural, cultural, economic and political forces. Geopolitical, social and economic relationships between and among countries are studied. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Offered as EUGS 102 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 170 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

EUGS206: Introduction to American Urban Studies

An interdisciplinary introduction to the development of American cities and their suburbs, with an emphasis on current patterns of urbanism and urbanization. The growth and evolution of metropolitan systems, urban-suburban ecology, and planning responses to critical metropolitan issues. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. Offered as EUGS 206 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 281 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

EUGS270: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing

Introduces the basic principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing. Focus on digital cartographic science, graphic design, spatial data and image portrayal and inquiry, map overlays, and applications. Offered as EUGS 270 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 210 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EUGS100, EUGS101, EUGS102, EUGS206, GEOS107, GEOS112, GEOS125 or ENVR109; plus either CMPT109 or CMPT183.

EUGS310: Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies

Treatment of measurements and design in geography; definition of problems, hypotheses formulation and tests of hypotheses by alternative methods of measurement. Geographic applications of computer methods, multi-variate analysis, systems analysis, data bank maintenance and evaluation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Geography. Offered as EUGS 310 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 391 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status or permission of the instructor.

EUGS467: Senior Seminar in Geographic Information Science

Provides students with the tools and experience to develop and complete a research or problem-solving project in geographic information science. Students will produce a senior thesis or digital presentation portfolio. Offered as EUGS 467 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 419 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Senior standing, approval of mentor, and EUGS 470 , ENVR 455 or EUGS/GEOS 475.

EUGS470: Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.)

This course deals with fundamental principles and applications of G.I.S. Various ways in which G.I.S. can be used in planning and management analysis and research will be discussed. Students will learn the issues which need to be considered when planning and implementing G.I.S. One or two widely used software packages will be employed as a tool to study G.I.S. applications. Cross-listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, GEOS 470. Offered as EUGS 470 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 310 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 107 or 112 or 125 or EUGS 100.

EUGS475: Advanced Topics in GIScience

This course will allow students with demonstrated knowledge and skills in the geographic information sciences (GIS and/or Spatial Analysis) to expand on those skills by applying them to a particular geological or geographical issue. Students will work closely with faculty to select appropriate project(s) based on the student's interest and the professor's expertise. Depending on the project's scope and scale, the course will use current software such as ESRI's ArcGIS or ERDAS Imagine. Offered as EUGS 475 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 410 effective Summer 2012. (3 lecture hours.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EUGS 270 and either EUGS 455 or EUGS 470.

GEOS107: Planet Earth

An introduction to the physical characteristics of planet earth. The focus is on processes and interactions of the four components of the earth system: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. An understanding of the human impact on earth systems is also developed and maintained in perspective. Satellite information, aerial photography, maps, charts and other Geographic Information Systems technologies are used to study planet earth in this course. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. Offered as GEOS 107 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 101 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

GEOS112: Physical Geology

Materials of the earth; landforms and structures; the processes and agents responsible for their formation and modification. Modern tectonic concepts. Topographic and geologic maps. Required field trips. Not open to students who have had Principles of Geology. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. Offered as GEOS 112 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 105 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have had Principles of Geology.

GEOS470: Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.)

This course deals with fundamental principles and applications of G.I.S. Various ways in which G.I.S. can be used in planning and management analysis and research will be discussed. Students will learn the issues which need to be considered when planning and implementing G.I.S. One or two widely used software packages will be employed as a tool to study G.I.S. applications. Cross-listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, EUGS 470. Offered as GEOS 470 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 310 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 107 or 112, or 125 or EUGS 100.

GEOS475: Advanced Topics in GIScience

This course will allow students with demonstrated knowledge and skills in the geographic information sciences (GIS and/or Spacial Analysis) to expand on those skills by applying them to a particular geological or geographical issue. Students will work closely with faculty to select appropriate project(s) based on the student's interest and the professor's expertise. Depending on the project's scope and scale, the course will use current software. Offered as GEOS 475 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 410 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EUGS 270 and either EUGS 455 or EUGS 470.