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

Learn about GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

What You'll Learn in GEOG 497C

Are you aware of how important GIS is to the transportation industry? The spatial applications to this field are so extensive that they represent an entire subdiscipline within GIS commonly known as GIS-T. In this course you’ll learn about the primary modes of transportation and explore the spatial analysis and visualization applications developed to meet the unique needs of each. You will also examine key organizations in the GIS-T industry and learn firsthand from transportation professionals about the role that GIS plays for them. Throughout the course, you will experiment with concepts and techniques such as transportation network databases, linear referencing systems, and network analysis.

Technologies You'll Use

Students who take GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications will use:

ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ESRI’s Roads and Highways, ArcGIS Online, TIGER, Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS), Transit Boardings Estimation and Simulation Tool (TBEST), Google Maps (Local Guides), Open Street Map (OSM) Editor

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

"[T]his course contributed greatly to my personal growth as a professional. Whether we were learning about the roles of numerous transportation agencies, how they utilize GIS to become more efficient and responsive, or being able to converse with leading officials in their respective fields, this class was both interesting and educational from start to finish."

- Chad Neese (Spring 2018)

"[T]he course is much more interactive than most other online courses. Although the content of the course is largely based on the context of the US, I find it very relevant to my work in Asia."

- Alex Tong (Spring 2018)

"The instructor is really … helpful and answered my questions in a very short time. The course supported the interaction with other students, which I really enjoyed."

- Diena Al Dogom (Spring 2018)

"I learned a lot about GIS transportation issues, including the many government agencies that are directly involved in the planning and regulatory oversight of transportation on the national, state and local levels. I especially enjoyed the exposure to Network Analyst in ArcGIS … ."

- Carl “Rusty” Hathcock (Spring 2017)

"Weekly webinars gave me the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the transportation field, such as PennDot's asset manager for intelligent transportation systems. This course covers the gamut, from linear referencing to transit planning -- I highly recommend this course to other students."

- arles Moser (Spring 2017)

Meet the Faculty

JD Kronicz

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.