Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

Learn about Making Maps that Matter with GIS

What You'll Learn in GEOG 482

You may come into this class with a general knowledge of and experience with the many applications of GIS, but do you know what it takes to be a GIS professional in this rapidly-changing field? In this class, we use case studies of meaningful applications of GIS to introduce topics within the major industry sectors defined by the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM): Positioning and Data Acquisition, Analysis and Modeling, and Software and App Development. You will develop the ability to use maps and geospatial technology as a story-telling medium, and you will be able to demonstrate how and why GIS matters.

Technologies You'll Use

Students who take Making Maps that Matter with GIS will use:

View the Syllabus

What’s the best way to determine if this class is for you? Check out the syllabus! This page shows all materials, how you’ll be graded, and lists assignments and a timeline for the class.

Degree & Certificate Programs

This class is part of Penn State's award winning Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs, which includes the Master of GIS degree and certificates in GIS, GEOINT, and Remote Sensing. All of these programs are taught online and designed around the needs of working professionals.

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What Our Students Say

"GEOG 482 accelerates the foundational understanding of GIS. All of the research I performed in GEOG 482 made the workload easier for me in GEOG 483 & GEOG 484."

- Eric Elms, Geography 482 student, Fall 2 2017

"GEOG 482, Making Maps that Matter with GIS is a fun, innovative, introductory course to GIS! It helps you learn a wide array of subjects and issues by allowing you to focus your studies on topics that are of interest to you."

- Mark

"This course proved to be really beneficial to students from varied backgrounds and levels of experience. We had career GIS professionals, brand new coders, and end-users with little to no GIS experience, but all shared the appreciation … for what GIS could bring… . Be warned: if you take 482, you won't be able to help yourself commit to completing at least the rest of the certificate program."

- John

"After 20 years in the field working in the field of GIS, I returned to Penn State's GEOG 482 class to get caught up on all I've missed in the advancement of the field. [I] really enjoyed learning from my peers and the program materials."

- Maureen Catherine Clark

"GEOG 482 certainly exceeded my expectations. Not only was it taught by a leading GIS authority, it was very well organized, highly engaging with strong course content, and did not seem like "distance" learning."

- Erik Patel

"As a person with no formal exposure to GIS but a strong desire to learn, I found the content, pace and structure of GEOG 482 to be a highly enjoyable introduction to the field."

- Scott Dillery

Meet the Faculty

David DiBiase
Beth King
Adrienne Goldsberry

Online Geospatial Education Programs

This course is part of Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs. For more information on our award-winning courses, certificates, and degree options, click below.