Fundamentals of GIS

Enhance the per­for­mance of your mea­sur­ing, map­ping, mod­el­ing, and mon­i­tor­ing by tap­ping the pow­er of Geo­graph­ic Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems (GIS). Learn the con­cepts that dri­ve GIS, the basics of car­tog­ra­phy, and the dif­fer­ences between var­i­ous GIS packages.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    • Understand the basics of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
    • Open and query geographic files.
    • Determine what types of files can be loaded in a GIS.
    • Understand how GPS can be used within a GIS environment.
    • Locate geographic files for specific purposes.
    • Understand discrepancies between NAD 27 and NAD 83.
    • Operate a mapping program.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Missing more than 25% of class hours may result in a failing grade.
  • Pre-course instructions and materials are available on eClass one week prior to the course start date, and additional pre-course work may be required to prepare for first class; advanced registration is recommended for student success.
  • Students are required to install QGIS before the first class. Instructions for downloading the software and required data are found in these videos: Download QGIS and Start QGIS.
  • Laptops are required throughout the course and must be ready with QGIS and related documents, files, and resources listed on eClass.
  • Assessment includes a final exam completed in-class at the end of the final day.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

This is a skills-enhancing course in

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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