Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – GEOG 502

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course will focus on teaching students how to think spatially, interpret maps, and creatively use geospatial technologies to answer questions and solve real world problems utilizing geospatial information systems, global positioning systems, and ArcGIS software.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


To be marketable with geospatial skills, student must possess geographic information systems skills that meet the current job market. Many industries, government, and researchers require the analysis of huge geospatial data. This course will teach the student to utilize data to generate maps, graphs, and all available visualization tools for the purpose of analysis and presentation of information for decision makers.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Laboratory Exercise Assignments (7)

The student will conduct a series of exercises using the ArcGIS Pro software; these exercises are either Laboratory Exercise Assignments or Geospatial Lab Application Assignments. Each exercise will involve producing maps, and answering a series of questions. The labs will also incorporate concepts and key information from the text readings.

Course Project Assignments (2)

The Course Project Assignment has two parts: Course Project Proposal and Final Course Project submission. A sample course project and optional course project themes are provided in the modules.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Learn materials for the Modules: Weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book and open-notes. The quizzes include 5 short quizzes and 1 final exam covering all the 8 Modules.