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ENV 526H Introduction to GIS Analysis

Prerequisite:ENV 502 and ENV 526G or permission of instructor (First semester—as needed/1 credit) 

GIS Analysis is the second of a sequence of graduate methods courses introducing fundamental topics in geographic information systems as applied to environmental biology. Building on the cartographic principles mastered in GIS Mapping, students in this course will expand their GIS analytical skill set and gain a deeper understanding of the statistical and scientific principles that underlie the measurement of geographic distributions, the identification of geographic patterns and clusters, and the analysis of geographic relationships. 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 writing of a prospectus for a GIS research project that they could undertake for a capstone experience.