GIS Courses

The Center for Geospatial Analysis offers a number of introductory and advanced courses. Below are the list of courses taught by the CGA. For more information and the most up-to-date offerings, please follow the link to the Undergraduate GIS Course Catalog or the Graduate GIS Course Catalog. For courses related to the GIS Certificate Program, refer to the Program of Study.

  • GIS 201 - Introduction to GIS
  • GIS 405/505 - Geovisualization and Cartographic Design
  • GIS 410/510 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GIS 420/520 - Advanced GIS Analysis and Programming
  • GIS 480/550 - Independent Research in Geospatial Technologies
  • GIS 490/590 - Topics: Geospatial Technologies
  • GIS 501 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Analysis

Our Independent Research (GIS 480/550) course provides students with the opportunity to conduct research in areas related to geospatial technologies. Typically, an independent study is taken the student's junior or senior year. For the application, click here.

We also teach a number of 'Topics' (GIS 490) courses that relate to geospatial technologies and are offered as advanced studies of subjects not routinely covered by existing courses. The information below outlines past courses that have been taught as Topics courses. NOTE: These courses are not taught every semester.

Topics: Districting and GIS
Robert Rose, Rebecca Green

The course focuses on the 2017 Supreme Court case Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections decision as a frame to better understand the laws governing redistricting efforts. Students will work with district boundary maps, census information and other socioeconomic layers in an integrated GIS platform to understand and quantify the impacts realized when voting districts are redrawn. In the process of coming up with ways to improve compliance with state and federal statutory and constitutional mandates, this course will uniquely prepare students to play a substantive part in the 2020 round.

Topics: Conservation GIS
Robert Rose

The course is an advanced seminar where student teams will develop GIS projects that address conservation, climate change or sustainability questions. At the end of the semester, students will present their ideas in a pitch competition to a panel of researchers and top projects may be eligible for funding to implement their research. 

Topics: GIS and Middle Earth

Robert Rose
From Here to There: Mapping the best path from the Shire to Mount Doom. Did Frodo take the right path to destroy the One Ring? In this class, student teams will be developing and analyzing GIS layers set in JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth. The GIS of Middle Earth will be used to develop a least cost path analysis to determine the best path from the Shire to Mount doom.