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SCIĀ 376. GIS for Environmental Decision Making. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will provide an overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), widely used by geologists, hydrologists, oceanographers, community planners and environmental engineers, utilizing diverse computer hardware and software applications. Applications for GIS tools will be examined, including transportation design, land use planning, facility citing, and resource management. This course will focus on how GIS applications are structured, what types of mapping data can be processed, and what customized products can be generated. Case studies will illustrate the utilization of GIS analysis to improve decision making, and field visits to public and private sector data centers will illustrate the breadth of applications. Hands-on exposure to CARIS for Windows and ArcGIS will enhance the student's understanding of GIS tools and provide a means for individualized projects to be completed. This course may be taken with a laboratory to fulfill the laboratory requirement.
Prerequisites: 200-level science course
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.