Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Designed for freshmen/sophomores. Introduction to fundamental principles and concepts necessary to carry out sound geographic analysis with geographic information systems (GIS). Reinforcement of key issues in GIS, such as geographic coordinate systems, map projections, spatial analysis, and visualization of spatial data. Laboratory exercises use database query, manipulation, and spatial analysis to address real-world problems. P/NP or letter grading.

Review Summary

8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
5-10 hrs/week
8.3 / 10


    Quarter Taken: Fall 2022 Online
    Grade: A-

    great class, step by step process on what to do. Light workload

    Quarter Taken: Spring 2023 Online
    Grade: A

    This is a pretty basic prereq. The lectures are basically just record instructions about the assignments you do in sections. The TA is super helpful and is always down to help if you have questions. There is like a big quiz thing, but you get multiple attempts and can ask the TA for help after the first attempt. Overall not terrible, but theres still a decent amount of time and work that goes into the class. I would def recommend starting on the weekly assignment before lab but even if you don't you will still be fine(I almost never did, but it was always better when I did).


Michael E. Shin
Previously taught
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Grading Information

  • No group projects

  • Attendance required

  • No midterms

  • Finals week final

  • 100% recommend the textbook

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