Course Title Description

GGS 650 (3 credits)

Introduction to GIS programming

Introduction to programming methods and their application to Geographic Information Systems, including the fundamentals of object-oriented programming and GIS-specific data structures and algorithms. Employs an object-oriented language such as Visual Basic.Net, and existing freeware and commercial GIS libraries. Topics covered include variables, arrays, control structures, objects and classes, raster and vector data structures, spatial algorithms, and spatial indexing methods

GGS 653 (3 credits)

Geographic information analysis

Explores existing and potential capabilities of geographic information systems in conducting spatial analysis and modeling

GGS 655 (3 credits)

Map design

Advanced examination of principles of map design, including discussions of map design research

GGS 656 (3 credits)

The hydrosphere

Covers components and transfer processes in hydrosphere, which consists of aqueous envelope of Earth including oceans, lakes, rivers, snow, ice, glaciers, soil moisture, groundwater, and atmospheric water vapor

GGS 658 (3 credits)

Terrain mapping

Covers fundamental methods of digitally representing terrain data, major technologies, and programs for generating terrain data; methods for quantifying terrain error and assessing terrain data quality; and a variety of applications

GGS 661 (3 credits)

Map projections and coordinate systems

Covers development of various map projections and coordinate systems, property analysis, distortions, and applications

GGS 664 (3 credits)

Spatial data structures

Studies spatial data structures and their application in digital cartography, geographic information systems, and image-processing systems. Examines raster and vector data structures, and attribution schemes and topological models. Includes data transformation, information loss, data quality, and the role of metadata


a 3 semester credits translates to 45 hours in class.

b 18 credits of electives plus 3-6 credits GSS 799 Thesis Writing for the thesis option, and 24 credits of electives for the nonthesis option.

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