**Instructor**: Dr. Shaowen Wang

**TA**: Miriam Cope

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The principles presented in lectures are designed to give you the basic knowledge needed to use GIS software effectively and correctly. Principles to be covered include: map projections, GPS, spatial representation, visualization and spatial analysis. Laboratory exercises are designed to familiarize students with GIS software and ground the more theoretical classroom discussions in practical applications.

**Syllabus**

**Lecture**

**Lecture Notes - Introduction and Background**

**Lecture Notes - Cartography History and Geodesy**

**Lecture Notes - Geodesy**

**Lecture Notes - Projections and Coordinate Systems**

**Lecture Notes - Getting the Map into the Computer**

**Lecture Notes - Maps as Numbers: The First Part**

**Exam I Review**

**Lecture Notes - Maps as Numbers: The Second Part**

**Lecture Notes - GPS**

**Lecture Notes - Organize Data for Analysis**

**Lecture Notes - Buffer**

**Exam II Review**

**Lecture Notes - Overlay**

**Lecture Notes - Spatial Interpolation**

**Lecture Notes - Future GIS**

**Lab Handouts**

**Lab Data**

**Lab Data - Lab 1**

**Lab Data - Lab 2**

**Lab Data - Lab 3**

**Supplemental Readings**

**Interesting Events**