Course Overview


Geospatial Concepts serves as a gateway course for the remainder of the Geospatial Curriculum, particularly Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Mobile Mapping, and Remote Sensing. The course topics include the history and fundamental concepts common among all the geospatial sciences. Also, the course also covers the introductory material and practices unique to each geospatial discipline that follows. The result is an information-dense course that establishes a secure footing moving forward. Relieved of the necessity to cover introductory material, subsequent courses have been free to shift upward in content, method, and application.

 Students are expected to have a sound basis of academic, and personal effectiveness competencies outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model, including:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Initiative
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Course Learning Outcomes


Students who successfully complete GSP 101/GSP 101L should be able to:

  • Describe fundamental concepts that are the basis for all geospatial sciences
  • Distinguish between sources of geospatial data needed for a particular task
  • Critique maps used by the media, politicians, and scientists.
  • Develop a professional geospatial project from start to finish, including data acquisition, written reports, and cartographic design.

Each lesson in Geospatial Concepts also has learning outcomes presented on module overview pages.