Geographic Information Systems

GIFS 1101 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-requisite: COMP 1000
This course is an introduction to the principles and applications of Geographic Information Systems and basic use of a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) unit in the field. Topics include: applications of geographic information including data structure, spatial analysis, data management, data visualization, and data retrieval. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of GIS and its relevance to industry and society. Students will also acquire skills in introduction to terminology, hardware, and technology used in GPS.

GIFS 1103 INTERMEDIATE GIS (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
This GIS course prepares students for geographic analysis. The course introduces students to the use of software tools in geographic and database analysis and provides practical experience in the use of GIS software for spatial analysis.

GIFS 1109 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GIS (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: GIFS 1103
This course allows instructors to cover topics that are specifically related to their service area. Examples of projects are: precision agriculture, fire and crime, water usage, historical data, and utility layouts. Students will be assigned a project that will benefit them in employment for their current service area.

GIFS 1114 ADVANCED GIS: APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: GIFS 1103
This course provides practical experience in designing a Geographic Information Systems model. Implementing a research design with spatial data, students sharpen their GIS technical and problem-solving skills. GIS models useful to the public and private sector are examined.

GIFS 1116 SPATIAL ANALYSIS IN GIS (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: GIFS 1103
This course provides advanced concepts to spatial analysis. The course will briefly review methods used in analysis of geographically referenced data. The course will introduce sampling strategies for data used in GIS using raster and vector data structures. Introductory concepts in GIS raster based information including remote sensing techniques and methods are also discussed.

GIFS 1122 GIS IN SCIENCE, BUSINESS, AND GOVERNMENT (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: GIFS 1103
This course includes an in-depth survey of the various ways that GIS applications are being used in natural resources, government (city, county, state, and federal) and business. Topics will include data acquisition, accuracy, analysis, and presentation techniques necessary for various GIS applications.

GIFS 1124 CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN FOR GIS (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: GIFS 1103
This course provides a comprehensive study of GIS applicable cartography including cartographic principles, data acquisition methods used in map production, and methods of base map development. Techniques used in GIS base map development are introduced using hands-on exercises.

GIFS 1126 DATABASE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT IN GIS (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: GIFS 1103
This course is an introduction to principles of database design and management including conversion fundamentals and modeling techniques. Topics include database integration concepts, development of user interface, troubleshooting databases, relational database concepts, and database design in GIS.

GIFS 2000 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP (0-135-3)
Prerequisite: Advisor Approval
This practicum course provides an approved industry-like setting where the student develops and sharpens skills. Emphasis is placed on production standards achievement and quality control.

GIFS 2010 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM (0-180-4)
Prerequisite: Advisor Approval
This practicum provides an approved industry like setting where the student develops and sharpens skills. Emphasis is placed on production standards and achievement and quality control.

GIFS 2020 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP (0-270-6)
Prerequisite: Advisor Approval
This practicum course provides an approved industry like setting where the student develops and sharpens skills. Emphasis is placed on production standards achievement and quality control.

GIFS 2030 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS EXIT REVIEW (0-90-2)
Prerequisite: None
This course emphasizes student production of portfolio-quality pieces; focuses on the preparation for entry into the job market.