Intro. to Geospatial Technologies


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This online course is designed to introduce students to the nature of geographic information, as well as the tools and technologies that geospatial professionals use to access, manipulate, and display geographic information. It is a combined introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and cartography (the science and art of map-making), as well as topics such as geospatial ethics and crowd-sourcing geographic information. Students should emerge from this course with a greater understanding of the practical application of GIS and other geospatial technologies and will be able to create maps using a variety of publicly available mapping programs.

Certificate: This course is required for the Professional GIS Certificate.

Offered: Spring (sessions 1, 2), Summer (sessions 3, 4), Fall (sessions 5, 6). Session dates.

Length: 7 weeks.

Textbook: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies, 6th Edition by Bradley A. Shellito, 2023. W.H. Freeman & Company, Inc. NY. (ISBN: 9781319322250). Required.

Credit Version: Both Geo 221 and Geo 221LAB (online or lecture versions).

Continuing Education: This class is eligible for 6.0 Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs) and 60 Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

How to Register: You can easily register for onGEO-IGT via Cashnet. Select the course you want to take from those listed in the store and follow these instructions (MSU GoogleDoc).