This course involves a basic introduction to geospatial technology with focus on the practical applications of geographic information (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) in mapping natural and renewable resources. The basic principles of GIS and GPS are discussed with emphasis on computer-assisted mapping. Focus will be on running ArcGIS and its application in a number of assigned class projects. Students are also expected to understand how to conduct surveys using both standard and real-time differential GPS as well as generate thematic maps. GPS measurements and digital orthoimages are utilized in creating geographically-referenced, spatial data which forms the basis for geospatial analysis, the primary focus of the newly proposed NATR 216.
Prerequisite: NATR 142, AGEN 151, or permission of instructor
1 credit (1 lecture hour , 2 laboratory hours), 8-week course, spring semester