EXAMPLE CURRICULA

TABLE A.11 Coursework for an Undergraduate Degree in Geographic Information Science at the University of Colorado

Coursea Title Description
Two or three of the following (8-12 credits)

GEOG 2053 (4 credits)

Mapping a changing world

Overviews the vital role cartography plays in modern society and contemporary science. Fundamentals of reading and creating maps for research and enjoyment

GEOG 3023 (4 credits)

Statistics for earth sciences

Introduces parametric and distribution-free statistics, emphasizes applications to earth science problems. Not open to students who have taken a college-level statistics course. Restricted to junior and senior geography, geology, and environmental studies majors

GEOG 3053 (4 credits)

Cartography 1: Visualization and information design

Fundamentals of cartography—the science and art of map design. Restricted to junior and senior geography and environmental studies majors. Recommended GEOG 3023 (may be taken concurrently)

All of the following (9 credits)

GEOG 4023 (3 credits)b

Introduction to quantitative methods in human geography

Introduces fundamental statistical and quantitative modeling techniques widely used in geography today. Emphasizes geographic examples and spatial problems, using statistical routines now available on most computers. Prereq GEOG 3023 or equivalent

GEOG 4033 (2 credits)b

Quantitative methods in geography laboratory

Introduces the use of personal computers and statistical software in geographical analysis. Corequisite GEOG 4023

GEOG 4103 (4 credits)

Introduction to geographic information science

Use of tools and databases specifically designed for spatial data. Covers data management and procedures for transforming, storing/retrieving, and analyzing geographic data. Restricted to junior and senior geography and environmental studies majors. Prerequisites GEOG 3023 and GEOG 3053

One to four of the following (4-16 credits)

GEOG 4043 (4 credits)

Cartography 2: Interactive and multimedia mapping

Interactive, multimedia, animated, and Web-based cartography stressing the important role digital cartography plays in cyberspace. Focuses on principles of effective cartographic design in multimedia and hypertext environments. Prerequisite GEOG 3053

GEOG 4093 (4 credits)

Remote sensing of the environment

Acquisition and interpretation of environmental data by remote sensing. Topics include theory and sensors as well as manual and computerized interpretation methods. Stresses infrared and microwave portions of the spectrum

GEOG 4110 (4 credits)

Advanced remote sensing

Extends basic concepts and skills of image processing and physics of remote sensors, with deeper examination of image analysis techniques for extracting the maximum amount of information. Prerequisite GEOG 4093

GEOG 4203 (4 credits)

Geographic information science: Modeling applications

Develops GIS models for human and environmental applications, grid and vector data models, tesselated and hierarchical data structures, terrain representation, linear and areal interpolation and kriging. Students work in small group to design, implement, and run GIS models. Prerequisite GEOG 4103/5103, GEOG 3023 (or equivalent) or instructor consent

GEOG 4303 (4 credits)

Geographic information science: Programming

Introduces the use of Python programming to undertake advanced spatial analysis tasks within a GIS environment. Prerequisite GEOG 4103/5103, GEOG 3023 (or equivalent) or instructor consent

GEOG 4xxx (4 credits)

Spatial statistics (under development)

Involves the quantitative analysis of spatial data and statistical modeling of spatial variability and uncertainty. Topics may include point pattern analysis, model-based geostatistics, semivariogram analysis, validation methods and simulation

GEOG 5113 (4 credits)

Advanced spatial topics in GIS

Graduate seminar; topics vary

SOURCE: <http://geography.colorado.edu/undergrad _program/areas_of_concentration/geographic_information_science>.

a All 4-credit courses require 45 hours in lecture and 30–45 hours in laboratory.

b GEOG 4023 and 4033 must be taken concurrently and together require 45 hours in lecture and 45 hours in laboratory.



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