GEOG 487
Environmental Applications of GIS

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Welcome to GEOG 487 - Environmental Applications of GIS

  • Instructors: Ryan Baxter & Michelle Zeiders
  • Course Structure: Online, 10-12 hours a week for 10 weeks
  • Overview: GEOG 487 is an elective course for Penn State's Online Master of GIS. It is also one of the optional capstone courses that leads to Penn State’s Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS. The course consists of projects, associated readings, quizzes, and discussions about concepts, operations, and tools in geographic information systems and spatial analysis in a variety of environmental scenarios. It provides a simulated internship experience with real-world activity-based scenarios covering such operations as data acquisition and customization, raster calculations, surface analysis, statistical analysis, interpolation, sharing maps and data online, and effectively communicating results. We will use ArcGIS Desktop, Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Online, Google Earth, Screencast-O-Matic, Prezi, YouTube and other cloud-based programs during the course.

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Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Online Geospatial Education programs is available at the Geospatial Education Program Office.