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Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1001. GIST Orientation and Portfolio. 1. Introduces students to the GIST degree, the resources necessary to be successful in the program, and the broader geospatial field and its impact on society. Topics include a survey of domain applications, the ethical, legal and social implications of using geospatial data, and geospatial certifications and credentialing.

1100. Geospatial Foundations. 3. Provides fundamental knowledge of geospatial information and place-based science across disciplines, including spatial representation, scale, resolution, map projections, and coordinate systems. Students learn how to discover and access spatial data and read and analyze maps. Supports understanding of geospatial reasoning and cognition.

JumpLink2100. Introduction to Geospatial Information Science and Technology. 3. Introductory course covering fundamental principles of geographic information systems (GIS). Students will be introduced to both the theory and application of GIS, including GIS components, the nature of geospatial data, methods for data acquisition, database models, and GIS operations. Includes hands-on laboratory exercises using widely-used software.

JumpLink5100. Foundations of Geospatial Information Science and Technology. 3. This online and on-campus graduate-level course provides an introduction to key concepts in geospatial information science and technology (GIST) including spatial data structures, coordinate systems, cartographic principles, spatial analysis, modeling, spatial cognition, and applications of GIS in a multidisciplinary context. Lecture and project-based (poster).

5150. Advanced Programming in Spatial Sciences. 3. Introduces GIS programming to motivated students with little or no prior experience in programming; students develop programming skills used to understand geospatial data and to model geographical changes. Programming skills for handling emerging data types are emphasized.

5410. UAS Sensors and Platforms. 1. This 1-credit online course taught over 8 weeks provides a detailed overview of the types of drones used for modern remote sensing and of the sensors that can be used with these different drone platforms to collect data, including RGB and multi-spectral cameras, thermal sensors, and lidar.

5420. UAS Mission Planning. 1. This 1-credit online course taught over 8 weeks provides a detailed overview of mission planning for UAS (drone) data collection. Students learn to evaluate mission requirements for a variety of UAS applications, to choose appropriate hardware to accomplish these requirements, and to use mission planning software to translate requirements into flight plans and data collection strategies.

5430. UAS Regulations and Safety. 1. This 1-credit online course taught over 8 weeks provides students with a detailed overview of federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to UAS flights and data collection. Students also learn about how to operate drones safely in both personal and professional applications. Course content helps prepare students for FAA remote pilot certification.

5440. UAS Ground School and Operations. 2. This field course provides students with the practical experience to operate UAS (drones) safely, legally, and effectively for collecting data to be used in a variety of applications. Students learn about pertinent safety and regulations, and then spend much of the course time flying drones in the field and collecting data.

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