GEG 130 - Digital Earth
Introductory geospatial skills will be covered, including geography, as well as hands on use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), GPS, and remote sensing. Topics such as sustainability, renewable energy, and the economy will be integrated into the course through the use of GIS. One project will provide students the opportunity to use geospatial technology and real data to create original maps that begin to provide a solution to a real world problem. Prior computer knowledge such as creating, saving, deleting, and locating files on a PC, as well as preparing and printing Microsoft Word documents, using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, creating Microsoft PowerPoint slides, using e-mail and the Internet will be required to be successful in this course. A sustainability elective (GR). This is a lab course. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a natural science elective.
SUNY General Education: SUNY-NS - Natural Sciences (SNSC)
MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the Geographic perspective and discuss why geography is fundamental to understanding sustainability and our environment.
2. Students will engage in the scientific process by completing their GIS inquiry based project.
3. Assess and apply scientific data.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of how environmental, climate, economic and/or energy problems can be analyzed by GIS.
5. Explain the geography of solar energy and wind across the United States.
6. List and describe non renewable and renewable energy sources across the United States from a geographic perspective.
7. Explain why certain energy sources are most suitable for certain areas of the United States.
8. Utilize remote sensing to explore the local region.
9. Collect data in the field to explore the natural landscape.
Course Offered Fall, Spring