Geographic Information Science Minor - Undergraduate - 2013 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

    EAES 100 Principles of Geography (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 101 Planet Earth (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
    EAES 105 Physical Geology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
    EAES 160 The Human Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 161 Human Geography (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 170 World Geography (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 281 Introduction to American Urban Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. GEIS MINOR FOUNDATION COURSE

    Complete

    EAES 210 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
  3. GEIS MINOR ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete 9 semester hours from the following:

    EAES 310 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 hours lab) 3
    EAES 311 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 391 Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 410 Advanced Topics in GIScience (3 hours lecture) 3
  4. GEIS MINOR CAPSTONE COURSE

    Complete

    EAES 419 Senior Seminar in Geographic Information Science (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

EAES100: Principles of Geography (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course EUGS 100 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES101: Planet Earth (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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. Previous course GEOS 107 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

EAES105: Physical Geology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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. Previous course GEOS 112 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

EAES160: The Human Environment (3 hours lecture)

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. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Previous course ENVR 109 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES161: Human Geography (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course EUGS 101 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES170: World Geography (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course EUGS 102 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES210: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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. Previous course EUGS 270 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMPT 183, EAES 100, EAES 101, EAES 105, EAES 107, EAES 160, EAES 161 or EAES 170.

EAES281: Introduction to American Urban Studies (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course EUGS 206 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNED 199, ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

EAES310: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 hours lab)

This course deals with fundamental principles and applications of GIS. Various ways in which GIS 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 GIS. One or two widely used software packages will be employed as a tool to study GIS applications. Previous courses GEOS 470 and EUGS 470 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 210.

EAES311: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment (3 hours lecture)

Systematic study of multiband spectral reconnaissance of the environment; multifrequency radar systems and their uses. Previous courses GEOS 455 and ENVR 455 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 210.

EAES391: Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course EUGS 310 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 109 and EAES 210.

EAES410: Advanced Topics in GIScience (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous courses EUGS 475 and GEOS 475 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 310 or EAES 311.

EAES419: Senior Seminar in Geographic Information Science (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course EUGS 467 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 310, EAES 311, EAES 410 or departmental approval.