Introduction to the fundamentals of GIS theory, history and application. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how geospatial features are represented or captured as data and how these data can be managed, analyzed and presented using state‑of‑the‑art GIS tools. Hands‑on expertise will be developed with ESRI's ArcGIS for Desktop software.

This course will integrate both lecture and lab time to cover the foundations of remote sensing and engage in specific applications such as image classification and multi‑spectral analysis.

Over the last few decades, geospatial technologies have evolved and infiltrated into an exponential number of organizations’ and people’s lives to the point where they are ubiquitous.  Along with this great expansion of use comes an even greater need to access the right data and to manage and utilize it appropriately for each unique project.

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of dealing with spatial data and data management principles.  We will explore key topics related to working with spatial data including data discovery, data dissemination and data use.  Along with these topics comes the need to discuss ethics of data use, data standards and guidelines, data format and translation, metadata as well as general data management and maintenance principles.

This course provides an introduction to AutoCAD's computer-assisted design and drafting software for GIS students. Students will learn the fundamentals of the drafting environment, including setting up their workspace, utilizing common tools, creating powerful drawings, and creating print layouts.

This course will continually touch upon the differences and similarities of CAD and GIS as well as when and how GIS professionals will use CAD in their career. GIS students will gain appreciation of the complementary technology that CAD offers.

Cartography is the art and science of map making and map use. Preparation of high quality maps that readily reveal land management, planning, environmental or other concerns is critical to ensure that important messages are conveyed in an easily interpretable fashion. This course introduces the concepts and methods of cartographic communication, design, and geovisualization. Mapping fundamentals will address subjects such as coordinate systems, projections, datums, cartographic generalization, map types, and map design considerations.

This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of Global Navigation Satellite Systems with specific emphasis on Global Positioning System (GPS) and the applied technologies for GPS data collection and its integration with GIS.

GIS 390:  Applied Research Methods involves the design and planning of a project idea from initial concept to anticipated final outputs. Topics include an overview of the steps necessary to successfully integrate GIS into the project decision-making process. Specific skills will be developed in project scoping and research proposal development, reference material management, and project presentation methods, including oral, poster, and written project documents. This course is a prerequisite for Co-op 301, GIS 491, and GIS 492.

This course covers the basics of project management for GIS professionals.

This course outlines the pathways to completing the BGIS thesis requirements, reporting requirements, and faculty review schedules for the cohort starting September 2017.