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GIS I: Introduction to GIS

The ability to analyze and manipulate spatial data is critical across many industries, including urban planning, healthcare, agriculture, mining, trade, environmental science, and military intelligence. The demand for skilled GIS analysts is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years, as this specialized area of data analysis is leveraged in an expanding number of fields.

In this introductory course, you will learn the fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS). Upon completion of the course, you will be able to display, analyze, and store spatial data using GIS, as well as use the different components of Esri ArcGIS Pro. This course also includes an overview of GIS applications in many different industries.

Topics include:

  • Cartography and spatial data display
  • Querying data for spatial and attribute selections
  • Data formats for GIS
  • Spatial data analysis tools
  • Editing and storing spatial and attribute data
  • Map projections and coordinate systems
  • Online map creation
  • Geocoding

Practical experience:
Multiple hands-on assignments using ArcGIS Pro, covering:

  • Map design
  • Spatial data analysis
  • Digitizing and editing data
  • Geodatabases

Course typically offered: Online in Fall and Spring

Enrollment will be closed three weekdays before course start date. 

Software: Students will use ArcGIS Pro by ESRI in this course. The license for this software is included with purchase of the program textbooks. NOTE - a computer with  Microsoft Windows 10+ operating system is required.

Please visit this page for information on installing Esri software in a virtual environment.

Prerequisites: Strong familiarity with Microsoft Windows 10+ required.

Next steps: Upon completion of this course, consider taking GIS II: Spatial Analysis to continue learning.

Contact: For more information about this course, please contact

Course Number: CSE-40991
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Geographic Information SystemsPython Programming

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