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GIS & Geospatial Technologies: Learn GIS at UC San Diego

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UCSD GIS Course offerings

Geospatial Course Offerings at UC San Diego

Updated 1/6/2020

Fall Quarter

Global Policy & Strategy GPS/Economics (GPEC)

GPEC 443. GIS and Spatial Data Analysis (4)

This course introduces GIS and spatial data analysis for social science research. We use ArcGIS to manipulate and visualize georeferenced data and learn various spatial analysis tools. We emphasize geography as an important lens through which to study society. Renumbered from IRGN 443. Students may not receive credit for GPEC 443 and IRGN 443. Basic knowledge of statistics and STATA is assumed.

 

Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO)

SIO 110. Introduction to GIS and GPS for Scientists (4)

A hands-on introduction to science applications of geographic information systems and global positioning system. Students acquire data through GPS field surveys, design and construct GIS using ESRI’s ArcGIS software, analyze spatial data, and present the results in a web-based environment. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

 

Urban Studies & Planning (USP)

USP 191. GIS for Urban and Community Planning (4)

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and using GIS to make decisions: acquiring data and organizing data in useful formats, demographic mapping, geocoding. Selected exercises examine crime data, political campaigns, banking and environmental planning, patterns of bank lending and finance. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, USP major.

Winter Quarter

Anthropological Archaeology (ANAR)

ANAR 104. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Anthropologists and Archaeologists (4)

This course is an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis for anthropologists and archaeologists. The course will provide students with background theory and basic skills in GIS through lectures and hands-on lab activities. Students will learn the basics of acquiring, storing, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data for anthropological study. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

 

Global Policy & Strategy GPS/Economics (GPEC)

GPEC 444. Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing (4)

Students will learn to design and maintain geospatial databases, validate the topology of a dataset, and produce clear and informative maps and reports. Part two will be dedicated to principles of remote sensing and to analysis of satellite imagery: geospatial database design and maintenance, topology validation and topological rules, the Network analyst extension, the surface tool set, basic concepts of remote sensing, and introduction to Google Earth Engine UI and Google Earth Engine API. May not receive credit for GPEC 444 and IRGN 490 with the subtitles: “Advanced GIS Spatial Analysis” or “Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing.” May be coscheduled with GPEC 244. GPEC 443 or the equivalent training in GIS is recommended.

 

Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO)

SIOB 296. Special Topics in Ocean Biosciences (1–5)

Marine GIS

Example topics are reproduction in marine animals, adaptation to marine environments, larval biology, marine fisheries, macromolecular evolution, physical chemical topics in physiology, philosophy of science. Prerequisites: graduate standing. (S/U grades permitted.) Staff

 

Data Science (DSC)

DSC 170. Spatial Data Science and Applications (4)

Spatial data science is a set of concepts and methods that deal with accessing, managing, visualizing, analyzing, and reasoning about spatial data in applications where location, shape and size of objects, and their mutual arrangement are important. This upper-division course explores advanced data science concepts for spatial data, introducing students to principles and techniques of spatial data analysis, including geographic information systems, spatial big data management, and geostatistics. Prerequisites: DSC 80.

Spring Quarter

Urban Studies & Planning (USP)

USP 191. GIS for Urban and Community Planning (4)

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and using GIS to make decisions: acquiring data and organizing data in useful formats, demographic mapping, geocoding. Selected exercises examine crime data, political campaigns, banking and environmental planning, patterns of bank lending and finance. Prerequisites: upper-division standing, USP major.

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