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GIS (Geographic Information Systems): GIS Courses at FAU

Center for GIS at FAU

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All GIS courses are provided by the Center for GIS at FAU Department of Geosciences. The Center for GIS (Center for Geographic Information Analysis and Modeling) serves as a synergetic avenue for the pursuit of excellence in research, education, and services in geographic information technologies. 

Through decades of training, teaching, research, and consulting activities, the faculty in the center have accumulated extensive experiences and expertise in GIS, remote sensing, GPS. Services provided by the center include:

  • Consulting services

  • Cartography and Poster Plotting

  • Intern recommendation

For more details, see the Center for GIS website.

Minor In GIS

Minor in Geographic Information Science

Students minoring in Geographic Information Science will complete a minimum of 15 credits with a grade of "C" or better in each course. Of the 15 credits, a minimum of 12 must be earned at FAU. 

Note: Courses used to fulfill requirements for a major may not be used for the minor.

Required courses are:

Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C

3

Principles of GIS GIS 4043C 3
Choose 9 credits from the list below:    
Spatial Data Analysis GEO 4167C 3
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation GIS 4021C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3
Applications in GIS GIS 4048C 3
Programming in GIS GIS 4102C 3
Geovisualization and GIS GIS 4138C 3

The above information is found from the Department of Geoscience Minor in GIS page on 6/25/2020. Please visit their page for the most updated information.

FAU GIS Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Mapping and GIS (GIS 3015C) 3 credits
Analysis of map properties and use of maps as sources of information. Essentials of location, scale, projection, direction, elevation, and general map elements. Introduction to map making in geographic information s
ystems.

Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation (GIS 4021C) 3 credits
Principles of aerial photography and photogrammetry including the photographic production process, electromagnetic principles, history of aerial photography and aerial platforms, elements of visual image interpretation, and analog and digital (soft copy) photogrammetric methods.

Remote Sensing of the Environment (GIS 4035C) 3 credits
Principles of photographic and electromagnetic remote sensing systems which detect, record and measure distributions of natural and cultural phenomena. Interpretation of aerial and orbital imagery for urban and environmental research and planning.

Digital Image Analysis (GIS 4037C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 4035C or equivalent
Advanced remote sensing covering the analysis of digital satellite imagery of the Earth. Emphasis on the use of computer-based image processing systems.

Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS 4043C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 3015C or equivalent
Basic concepts of geographic information systems. Evaluation of hardware and software components. Examination of data structures, and fundamental GIS functions. Application potential and laboratory experience with selected GIS systems.

Applications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS 4048C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 4043C or equivalent
Advanced technical, implementation and application issues in geographic information systems. Geocoding, algorithms for 2- and 3-dimensional representations, and system planning and implementation issues.

Programming in GIS (GIS 4102C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 4043C or equivalent
The course introduces students to the basic programming concepts and methodologies for customizing and/or extending the available functions in the cutting edge GISystems and the pertinent statistical data analysis methods.

Geovisualization and GIS (GIS 4138C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 3015C or equivalent
Advanced map design with an emphasis on the visualization of spatial data in a virtual environment. Lab projects include animated maps, fly-through animations, and 3D visualizations.

Spatial Data Analysis (GEO 4167C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GEO 4022
Designed to help geographers, geologists, earth scientists, and other professionals explore a range of spatial analytical techniques. The emphasis is on the choice and application methods for the analysis of the various types of spatial data that are commonly encountered and analyzed in geographic information systems.

Transportation and Spatial Organization (GEO 4700) 3 credits
Transportation development, network configuration and allocation of transport flows. Analytical problems.

 

Graduate Courses 

Digital Image Analysis (GIS 5033C) 3 credits
Prerequisites: GIS 4035C, GIS 5038C
Course is the second in a three-course sequence that follows the national model for core curriculum in remote sensing. Digital techniques for processing and analyzing remotely sensed imagery include image enhancement, image classification, ground truthing, and accuracy assessment.

Remote Sensing of the Environment (GIS 5038C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 3015C
The first of a three-course sequence, this one covers principles and concepts of remote sensing, aerial photograph and satellite image interpretation and analysis. Includes a survey of remote sensing data sources, hands on lab projects in a GIS environment and an introductory research project.

Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS 5051C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 3015C or equivalent
Basic concepts of geographic information systems. Evaluation of hardware and software components. Examination of data structures and fundamental GIS functions. Application potential and laboratory experience with GIS systems. Basic GIS project design and implementation.

Applications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS 5100C) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 4043C or GIS 5051C or equivalent
Advanced techniques for raster modeling, network systems, and statistical analysis in geographic information systems. System planning and implementation issues in applying GIS in diverse areas. GIS-based spatial modeling issues.

Programming in Geographic Information Systems (GIS 5103C) 3 credits
Prerequisites: GIS 4043C or 5051C
Course covers basic computer programming concepts and methodologies. Issues for customizing and/or extending available functions in selected cutting edge GIS are discussed along with advanced geoprocessing modeling and data analysis with scripts. Project design and development are addressed.

LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications (GIS 6032C) 3 credits
Prerequisites: GIS 5051C; Geosciences graduate students only
Introduces LiDAR principles, sensors and platforms, data processing and analysis and applications. Students master basic skills of LiDAR needed to leverage the commercial LiDAR sources and information products in a broad range of applications.

Advanced Remote Sensing (GIS 6039) 3 credits
Prerequisites: GEO 4022 and GIS 4035C or permission of instructor
Advanced study of remote sensing applications. Project design, implementation and evaluation.

Internet GIS (GIS 6114) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 4043C
Course introduces students to the concepts and hands on techniques of how geographical information can be disseminated and processed in an Internet environment. Topics include basic web-based information dissemination, static GIS mapping, and state-of-the-art interactive GIS mapping and geoprocessing.

Topics in Geoinformation Science (GIS 6120) 3 credits
Prerequisites: GEO 4022 and GIS 4043C or equivalent
Technical, operational, and management issues in geographic information systems. Examination of GIS function algorithms, data structures, error analysis, and other topics in GIS applications.

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing (GIS 6127) 3 credits
Prerequisites: GIS 4035C and 4037C or GIS 5033C and 5038C
Course introduces state-of-the-art techniques for the processing and interpretation of hyper- and ultraspectral data with a focus on thematic information extraction from airborne and satellite-based hyperspectral sensors. Course covers the full hyperspectral remote sensing processing chain from data acquisition and calibration to image processing and thematic mapping.

Spatial Data Analysis (GIS 6306) 3 credits
Prerequisite: GIS 5051C 
Introduces a range of spatial statistical methods commonly used in the analysis of geo-spatial data in GISciences. Emphasis on gaining insight into the overall framework for analysis and developing an understanding of various concepts with in-depth treatment of select techniques. Methods are mainly discussed within the context of GIS technology.

The above information is found from the Department of Geosciences GIS & RS Courses page on 6/25/2020. Please visit their page for the most updated information.

GIS Certificate

The Center for GIS offer GIS/Remote Sensing Certificates at both undergraduate and graduate-level:

·GIS Certificates for Undergraduates

·GIS and Remote Sensing Certificates for Graduates

GIS Certificates for Undergraduates

The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduates a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Departmental majors or other students who complete the programs with a grade of "C" or better in each course are entitled to the GIS Certificates. Students should consult with their departmental advisor or another faculty member about registration for these programs. Students may use these courses in the completion of a major.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Required Courses:

Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Principles of GIS GIS 4043C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3

GIS and Remote Sensing Certificates for Graduates

Geographic Information Systems Certificate
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate for graduate students is offered jointly by the Department of Geosciences and the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Graduate students who complete the program below with a grade of "B" or better in each course are entitled to receive the certificate. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.

Required Courses:

Principles of Geographic Information Systems* GIS 5051C 3
OR    
Introduction to GIS in Planning URP 6270 3

AND

 

 

Applications in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5100C 3
Spatial Data Analysis GIS 6036 3
Choose two of the following courses    
Programming in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5103C 3
Environmental Analysis in Planning URP 6425

3

Managing GIS Projects URP 6272 3

Remote Sensing Certificate
The Department of Geosciences offers graduate students a certificate in Remote Sensing. Graduate students who complete the required courses with a grade of "B" or better in each course will earn the certificate program. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.

Choose four of the following courses:

Remote Sensing of the Environment* GIS 5038C

3

Digital Image Analysis* GIS 5033C 3
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing GIS 6127 3
LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications GIS 6032C 3
Advanced Remote Sensing GIS 6039 3

* If the undergraduate version of this course was already counted for the undergraduate GIS certificate, this graduate version cannot be counted toward the graduate GIS certificate.

The above information is found from the Department of Geosciences GIS Certificate page on 6/25/2020. Please visit their page for the most updated information.