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Geographic Information Systems


GIS 20, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU   •   Prerequisite: None.

GIS are computer-based systems used to collect, store and analyze geographic information. This course will present the concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science and its applications to spatial data management. Topics include: Identification and acquisition of GIS data; Assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferencing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Spatial analysis and modeling with GIS will also be presented.

GIS is the same course as Geography 20 and Computer Information Systems 20. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.

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Above section 2343 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).


GIS 23, Intermediate Geographic Information Systems    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: Geography 20 or GIS 20.

This course emphasizes GIS principles and methodology used in both the private and public sectors. Hands-on applications using both raster and vector data and technology will expose students to more advanced understanding of GIS. Students will learn various methods of data acquisition, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as well as the World Wide Web. The add-on modules extend the analytical capabilities of ArcView and allow input of map features and conversion of feature themes from raster to vector. This course will also provide an introduction to several of ArcView’s extension including Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst. Students will complete a Model Builder to be used in siting new solar sites. Spatial Analysis will include slope and aspect maps, neighborhood and zone analysis. The course will present single and multi-layer statistical operations including classification, coordination, and modeling analysis.

GIS 23 is the same course as Geography 23 and CIS 23. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.


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