Course Overview


GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE is the second in the GIS track of Humboldt State’s Geospatial Program. Students are expected to have a solid foundation of both geospatial concepts and experience using GIS software built upon the Geospatial Concepts course including but not limited to:

  • Projections and Transformations
  • Datums
  • Geographic and Projected Spatial Reference Systems
  • Table Joins
  • Adding XY data
  • Attribute Queries
  • Spatial Queries
  • Classification
  • Cartographic Design
  • GPS Data Collection and Download
  • Data Acquisition from Public Sources
  • Data Management

The emphasis of the course is an applied geospatial project. The deliverables will include a project lab report. With the project lab report as the ultimate goal, the Geographic Information Science course will introduce range of techniques related to vector and raster analysis. Students will communicate the results of these activities by writing professional lab reports, enabling students to master this skill before delivering the final project report.

Course Learning Outcomes


Students who successfully complete GSP 270 should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of spatial data types
  • Identify issues related to uncertainty in spatial data
  • Organize and execute a project with a geospatial component
  • Collect and create geospatial data
  • Prepare data for analysis
  • Apply a variety of geospatial analysis, attribute query, and overlay techniques
  • Communicate findings through graphic media and visualization techniques

Each lesson in Geographic Information Science also has learning outcomes presented on module overview pages.