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Undergraduate Courses

GIS Course Descriptions (WKU Undergraduate Catalog)

GEOG 216 Geotechnologies in a Global Community
General Education Course (Colonnade Connections Category, Local to Global Subcategory)
3 Credit Hours
Lecture and Lab
This course has been designed to show students how to integrate spatial data into discipline-specific issues. The development of map-based data will allow the student to address challenging issues that they will face as a global citizen. Students will learn to analyze, and evaluate cultural contexts, examine the variability of issues on a local and global scale. They will also understand and apply system-level approaches to the stewardship of our social and physical environments (course fee).

GEOG 316 Fundamentals of GIS
4 Credit Hours, Prerequisite:  GEOG/GEOL 103 or GEOL 111
Lecture and Lab
Fundamentals of GIS data management and cartographic design for GIS. Topics include data organization, map projections, scale and accuracy.  Hands-on work in geospatial data acquisition, base map development and map production (course fee).

GEOG 317 GIS
4 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 316 with a grade of "C" or better; or Approval
Lecture and Lab
This course is an introduction to the principles and applications of computer-based GIS.  Spatial information sources, data encoding, storage, mangement, analysis, and display are highlighted throughout the application of GIS techniques to problems in a variety of fields, including land use and natural resource management, transportation, and urban and regional planning.  Students will become acquainted with both raster and vector data models using GIS software (course fee).

GEOG 391 Spatial Data Analysis
4 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: MATH 183 and GEOG 316; or Approval
Lecture and Lab
Statistical concepts and methods emphasizing their applications in a spatial context. Statistical description and hypothesis testing. Visualization analysis of spatial patterns and relationships (course fee).

GEOG 414 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
4 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 317 with a grade of "C" or better or Approval
Lecture and Lab
This course studies the fundamentals of remote sensing theory and application, including the electromagnetic spectrum, history of remote sensing, sensing platforms, system limitations and applications for vegetation studies, land-use change and environmental management (course fee).

GEOG 417 GIS Modeling & Analysis
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 317 with a grade of "C" or better or Approval
Lecture and Lab
This course develops expertise with a broad range of spatial analysis and modeling functions using GIS.  A problem-oriented approach stresses the utility of GIS analysis to fields such as agriculture, biology, business, engineering, geology, natural resource management and uban planning.  The objectives of this course are:  (1) to develop familiarity with digital spatial data sources, types, and access issues; (2) to develop working knowledge of spatial analysis functions supported by a GIS; (3) to develop competency with cartographic modeling using desktop GIS software; and (4) to develop experience with production and presentation of a GIS project (course fee).

GEOG 418 Internet GIS
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: CS 170 and GEOG 417 with a grade of "C" or better ; or Approval
Lecture and Lab
This course develops an understanding and expertise in utilizing different techniques for creating, analyzing and disseminating GIS data and services via the internet/web.

GEOG 419 GIS Programming
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: CS 170 and GEOG 317 with a grade of "C" or better; or Approval
Lecture and Lab
Very few commercial GIS software deliver exactly what users require 'out of the box' to fully meet requirements and needs of different application domains. In this course, students will learn the process of expending GIS functionalities via customization and computer programming. This course covers a variety of topics related to custom geoprocessing, particularly ModelBuilder and Python scripting in ArcGIS desktop (course fee).

GEOG 423 Urban GIS Applications
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 317 with a grade of "C" or better or Approval
Lecture and Lab
This GIS specialty course explores some selected issues related to urban applications of GIS. Students are expected to develop analytical capabilities, including data collection, data analysis, and mapping, by using a number of GIS techniques for transportation, urban management, locational analysis and business geographics (course fee).

GEOG 443 GIS Databases
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: CS 170 and GEOG 417 with a grade of "C" or better; or Approval
Lecture and Lab
An introductory to the concepts and principles of GIS database planning, design, implementation and administration.  This course will focus on the ESRI geodatabase model in ArcGIS Desktop software along with spatial databases engines (ArcSDE) used with database management sytems software (MS SQL) (course fee).

GEOG 475 Independent Research in GIS
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 417 with a grade of "C" or better.
Seminar
Independent research on a selected problem under the supervision of a faculty member. Contact the faculty member you wish to work with on a research project/problem.

GEOG 477 Special Topics in GIS
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 417 with a grade of "C" or better or Approval
Seminar
Special topics in GIS involves directed research of a selected problem under the supervision of a faculty member.  Contact the faculty member you wish to work with on a GIS area.

GEOG 492 Advanced Spatial Analysis
3 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 317 with a grade of "C" or better and GEOG 391 with a grade of "C" or better.
Lecture and Lab
This course examines multivariate statistical methods for analyzing and modeling spatial data and processes.  Regression methods, including spatial autocorrelation and spatial varying parameter models, are explored, along with kriging and other multivariate methods (course fee).

GEOG 495 GIS Internship
3 to 6 Credit Hours, Prerequisite: GEOG 417 with a grade of "C" or better.
Internship
This course offers supervised intern experience in a cooperative government or private agency or in a business utilizing GIS.  Contact organization you wish to work with on an internship.

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