This course introduces students to the basics of remote sensing, characteristics of remote sensors, and remote sensing applications in academic disciplines and professional industries. Emphasis is placed on image acquisition and data collection in the electromagnetic spectrum and data set manipulations. This course is designed for geographic information systems (GIS) students interested in imagery analysis.  We use both ArcGIS and ENVI-EX.

Link to online syllabus and course materials

This course introduces students to the use of geospatial technologies, data, and analysis focusing on applications in the international context. The course gives primary emphasis to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for data creation, mapping, and analysis. It will also cover the use of global positioning systems (GPS) for field data collection and mapping; cartography for high quality visualization; and the use of map mash-ups and crowd sourcing in the international arena. Final projects are large-format poster info-graphics. More detailed course information is available at here.  Enrollment limited to 26 students. Spring semester.



This is a hybrid class, combining a once/week meeting with many online activities. This course will provide the skills and knowledge to create basic spatial data and GIS maps. It also lays the foundation for students who want to be employed as a GIS Technician or who want to pursue a degree or certificate and it prepares students for entry-level careers.

I created a 5 minute intro video and a more traditional syllabus for GEOG487 – Environmental Applications of GIS.  The video gives a brief overview of the environmental science and GIS topics covered in the class, examples of deliverables, and the tools we use for course communication.  The traditional syllabus provides detailed information about technical requirements, grading, and academic integrity.

Here is the Course Intro Page & Video and a traditional syllabus.

-Rachel Kornak, GISP

Students learn how to design, manage, and complete a research project that emphasizes the use of a geographic information system (GIS).  Students work in groups of four to six.  Groups agree with the instructor on a suitable problem and then solve it by acquiring, organizing, and analyzing data using a GIS.  Projects must include a substantive analytical component where GIS is central to the methods used.

This is a capstone course for students who have already taken 3-5 courses in GIS, remote sensing, and cartography.  There were 19 students in the course.

This course builds on GGR272 (Geographic Information and Mapping I) and continues the examination of the major theoretical and analytical components of a geographic information system and spatial analysis.  Some topics from GGR272 are discussed in more depth and new topics are introduced.  The lectures discuss underlying theory and its implementation in GIS software.  The assignments give students the opportunity to learn for themselves how to put that theory into practice, gaining more hands-on experience with the software.

This is a face-to-face course, but I also allowed students to watch, listen, and ask questions via live webinar.  Students could access the webinar using a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, and see whatever was shown on screen in class, and hear me speaking.  Students asked questions and conversed with each other through a chat window.  These webinars were recorded so that students could access them later.  There were 92 students enrolled in the course.

This course is an introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis using a geographic information system (GIS).  Students learn how to create their own maps and how to use a GIS to analyze geographic problems using methods that can be applied to a wide variety of subject areas within geography and in other disciplines.  In the lectures, we discuss mapping and analysis concepts and how they can be applied using GIS software.  In the assignments, students then learn how to use the software.

This is an introductory GIS course for students intending to take a GIS minor, as well as for students who need a methods course for their major. There were 169 students in the course.

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