GEOS 214
Mastering GIS Spring 2025
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 214

Class Details

The development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has allowed us to investigate incredibly large and spatially complex data sets like never before. From assessing the effects of climate change on alpine glaciers, to identifying ideal habitat ranges for critically endangered species, to determining the vulnerability of coastal communities to storms, GIS has opened the door for important, large-scale environmental analyses. And as these technologies improve, our ability to understand the world grows ever greater. This course will teach you how to use GIS to investigate environmental problems. We will review fundamental principles in geography, the construction and visualization of geospatial datasets, and tools for analyzing geospatial data. Special attention will also be given to analysis of remotely sensed (satellite) imagery and to collection of field data. By the end of the course, you will be able to conduct independent GIS-based research and produce maps and other geospatial imagery of professional quality.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three hours per week and laboratory, three hours per week
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3173
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly lab exercises, weekly quizzes, and a research project
Prerequisites: at least one course in Geosciences or Environmental Studies
Enrollment Preferences: Geosciences majors and Environmental Studies majors and concentrators.
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 214 Division III GEOS 214 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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