Welcome to Geospatial Concepts Lab!

GSP Curriculum Flowchart

Geospatial Concepts is the gateway to the remainder of the Geospatial Sciences Curriculum at Humboldt State University. The course topics include the history and fundamental concepts common among all the geospatial sciences. The course also covers the introductory material and practices specific to each geospatial discipline that follows.

Course Format: GSP 101L is offered as a 16-week hybrid course. A portion of this course takes place online. Students are expected to complete online work at home, using HSU computer labs, or at the HSU Library outside of regular meeting times.
Concurrent Enrollment: Students registered for this course are also required to register for the GSP 101 lecture section during the same semester. The content of the lecture and labs is presented as an integrated unit. It is the students’ responsibility for ensuring that they are enrolled in both lecture and lab.
Expected Work Load: The planned workload at Humboldt State University is calculated at 3 hours per week for each unit in a standard 16-week course.
  • For the 16-week lecture and lab courses, this amounts to 9 hours per week collectively.
Credit:  1 unit of lab concurrent with 2 units of lecture
An image of the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Competency Model
U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Competency Model. Click to view a larger sized image.

The course content focuses on the academic, workplace, and industry sector competencies outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model, including:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Core Geospatial Abilities and Knowledge
  • Working with Tools & Technology
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Positioning & Data Acquisition


There are several instructors that teach the GSP 101 lab. Log in to the Canvas LMS via your MyHumboldt page to view your instructor’s contact information and office hours.

An image of Nick Malloy and Students working with a Trimble GPS

Navigating the Course Syllabus

This course syllabus provides students with detailed information about the course components and formats, such as grading methods, course policies, instructional videos, and the course calendar.  While reading, students can navigate through pages in this using the numbered pagination links at the bottom, or by using the menu system located on the right.