Prerequisite: ENV 502 or permission of the instructor. (First semester—as needed/1 credit)
GIS Mapping is the first of a sequence of three graduate methods courses introducing fundamental topics in geographic information systems as applied to environmental biology. After introducing information systems, georeferenced data, and vector-based versus raster-based GIS, the course focuses on basic principles of map design and digital cartography, including scale, projection, and symbolization and generalization of geometry and content. The class concludes with an overview of GPS (global positioning system) technology. Lectures complement intensive, hands-on use of the ArcGIS software package through in-class and homework tutorials and challenge exercises. Students demonstrate mastery of principles through compilation of a final portfolio and production of a GIS map using sound cartographic principles.