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Glass Board DiagramCourses in Geospatial Analytics and GIS

NC State and the Center for Geospatial Analytics offer numerous courses in Geospatial Analytics, Geographic Information Science, and general Geospatial Science applications. Students are encouraged to review the course catalog each semester for up to date course offerings, credit hours, required pre-requisites, and other possible enrollment restrictions.  Many of our courses are offered through Distance Education (DELTA), as well as several on-campus courses.  Along with our standard courses that are offered most semesters, there are a revolving number of Special Topics courses meant to expose students to new and innovative topics that may be experimental or not currently part of the permanent curriculum.  Specific topics change each semester, and the current semesters offering can be found at the bottom of the page or in the course catalog.

In addition to the courses listed below, there are numerous applications based courses in many departments across campus, including Forestry and Environmental Resources, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Soil Science, and Engineering.


 

Clicking on a course title below will lead you to a general syllabus for that course.  Topics and schedules are subject to change and students enrolled in the course should refer to the current semester’s syllabus presented by the instructor.  Courses offered online are labelled ‘DE‘ while courses meeting in a traditional classroom setting are labelled ‘classroom‘.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

    • GIS 205: Spatial Thinking with GISDE
      • Meets one of the Interdiscplinary Perspective GEP requirements
      • Spatial and geospatial thinking and problem solving
      • Mental mapping, map anatomy, spatial query building
      • The geographies of life, physical, social, and intellectual spaces
      • The nature of geographic information and systems
      • Map narratives and analysis
      • Interdisciplinary perspectives and real world applications
    • GIS 410: Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsDE
      • Applications using ArcGIS
      • Introduction to modeling, spatial database concepts
      • Content delivered via INTERNET
      • Optional face-to-face lab help session are offered each week

GRADUATE COURSES

    • GIS 505 – Introduction to Geovisualization Technologies CLASSROOM
      • Use of emerging methods and tools used in the visual exploration, analysis, synthesis, and presentation of geospatial data.
    • GIS 512 – Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing DE, CLASSROOM
      • Introduction to the Electromagnetic Spectrum
      • Digital image composites and band combinations
      • Image display and visualization
      • Image enhancements and rectification
      • Image segmentation and classification
      • Digital stereoscopy and evaluation techniques
    • GIS 515 – Cartographic Design  DE
      • Basic design principles applicable to all cartographic communication.
      • Effective map presentations of both general and discipline specific information.
      • Design and production of maps for print publication and the internet.
    • GIS 520 – Spatial Problem Solving  DE, CLASSROOM
      • Introduction to spatial data mining
      • Advanced spatial modeling in ESRI ArcMap
      • Introduction to linear referencing
      • Introductory spatial statistics
      • Intermediate customization of ESRI interface
      • Electronic portfolio
    • GIS 521- Surface Water Hydrology with GIS  DE
      • Introduction to GIS for surface hydrology
      • Terrian Derivatives
      • Data sources, use, and analysis of digital elevation model, surface water, soils, and other related data
      • Using Arc Hydro
      • Watershed delineation and characterization
      • Flood plain modeling
      • Calculating credits for LEED Site Planning
    • GIS 530 – Spatial Data Foundations DE
      • Introduction to spatial information systems from a mathematical and information science perspective–not a software applications perspective.
      • Geographic data formats (discrete, continuous, raster, vector)
      • Georeferencing, map projections, scale
      • Geographic data: scale, sampling, measuring distance/similarity, census data
      • Generalization
      • Geodatabase, topology, digitizing
      • Spatial analysis: polygon overlay, query, transformation, interpolation.
      • Spatial analysis: summaries, inference, raster analysis, patterns, routing
    • GIS 540 – Geospatial Programming Fundamentals DE, CLASSROOM
      • Automating data preparation, workflow, and spatial processing (via Python)
      • Basic programming: Pseudocode, Python syntax, variables, strings, keywords, integrated development environments
      • Exporting Modelbuilder models to scripts
      • Programming components: flow control, built-in data structures, debugging, file i/o, user-defined functions and modules, built-in modules, introduction to object-oriented programming, using object classes
      • Performing GIS analysis
      • Batch processing
      • Manipulating attribute tables
      • Customizing Arc desktop with script tools and buttons
      • Managing map layers, adding layers to maps with Python
      • Project: Customizing Arc desktop with script tools
    • GIS 550 – Geospatial Data Structures and Web Services  DE, CLASSROOM
      • Database models: Relational models, Object-oriented data modeling with universal modeling language (UML)
      • Distributed database concepts and implementation, query language
      • Transactions, recovery, security, ArcSDE with SQL (or Oracle) server
      • Web delivery (including open source software)
      • Interoperability, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards
      • Web services
    • GIS 582 – Geospatial Modeling DE, CLASSROOM
      • Data acquisition, integration, display, and 3D visualization
      • Neighborhood and proximity operators, map algebra
      • Cost surfaces, least cost path, emergency response applications
      • Spatial interpolation and approximation
      • Terrain and bathymetry mapping and modeling, LIDAR data processing
      • Topographic analysis, line of sight, viewshed analysis
      • Flow tracing, watershed analysis, landforms
      • Modeling of geospatial processes
      • GIS-based hydrologic and erosion modeling (introduction)
      • Solar radiation, photovoltaic energy potential assessment
      • Hands-on experience with open source GRASS GIS and ArcGIS
    • GIS 590 – Geospatial Information Science Master’s Project DE, CLASSROOM
      • Professional Portfolio – Each student will develop a web based portfolio demonstrating their technical and management skills in GIS&T. The portfolio will be both a resume of the students credentials and a review of program breadth and quality.
      • Capstone Project – Students will work with a community partner to design and implement a significant “real world” project addressing a complex spatial data management and analysis issue. Projects will emanate from contacts with private sector firms and government agencies and be provided to the students.
      • Course meets synchronously (DE and on-campus students meet in real time with the instructor) once a week (required)
    • GIS 609 – Geospatial Forum DE, CLASSROOM
      • Lively discussions from a different guest speaker each week representing a wide range of application and analytical domains
      • Students can attend the live sessions or watch a recording on their own time
    • GIS 630 – Independent Study DE
      • Advanced topics not otherwise included in curriculum for advanced graduate students on a tutorial basis
      • Determination of credits and content by participating faculty in consultation with Director of Graduate Programs
      • Departmental consent required
    • GIS 660 – MGIST Professional PortfolioDE
      • Design of digital portfolios for MGIST students
      • Highlighting core competencies
      • Reflection of program and learning outcomes

Special Topics (Fall 2017)

    • GIS 295-001: TBACLASSROOM
    • GIS 595-00x/60x: WebGIS FrontiersDE, CLASSROOM
      • Requires Permission of Instructor

Many of the courses listed above are part of the MGIST or Graduate Certificate in GIS programs. These programs can be completed on campus or entirely online. To learn more about the online programs and Distance Education at NC State, please go the NC State’s Distance Education website or visit the program websites above.