Special Studies

GEG 181 - Introduction to GIS: Focus on Earth

Start Date: 06/03/2009 - End Date: 06/03/2009

The course will begin by covering geography, sustainability, and the ability of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to solve real world problems. The second section of the course will cover the geography of solar energy, temperature, wind, weather hazards, and climate while integrating GIS. The third section of the course will cover non-renewable and renewable energy sources in the United States, transportation systems, local agriculture and sustainable practices. With the use of GIS and real data, students will create original maps that begin to provide a solution to a real world environmental problem. The maps will be integrated into a final project. 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. This course is a Natural Science elective.

3 Credits