Teacher and student look at a globe

Many SMC classes require the use of a computer with Internet access to reach class resources and/or to complete assignments and/or take exams. To locate a computer lab on campus go to www.smc.edu/acadcomp and click on the “Labs” link.

Geographic Information Systems

GIS is a computer system for capturing, storing, managing, analyzing and visualizing geospatial information related to locations on Earth’s surface. We use GIS to combine various geospatial information in a digital environment to answer the questions “what is there?” and “why there?”. GIS has been widely used in our daily life, government agencies, as well as organizations of sizes in almost every industry. There is a growing interest in and awareness of the economic and strategic values of GIS.

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 data, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferencing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Spatial analysis and modeling with GIS will also be presented.

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

4202 5 p.m.–8:05 p.m. TTh BUS 250 Liu J
Above section 4202 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 13 to Apr 05.

GIS 23, Intermediate Geographic Information Systems 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Geography 20 or GIS 20.

Formerly same course as CIS 23.

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 ArcMap 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 ArcMap’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. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.

4203 5 p.m.–8:05 p.m. TTh BUS 250 Liu J
Above section 4203 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 17 to Jun 07.

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