Course Overview


Intermediate Geographic Information Science is an upper division GSP course and the third in the GIS track of Humboldt State’s Geospatial Program. Students entering the course should already be capable of solving analytical problems using both vector and raster operations. Students are expected to have a solid foundation of both geospatial concepts and experience using GIS software built upon the previous two courses including but not limited to:

  • Projections and Transformations
  • Datums
  • Geographic and Projected Spatial Reference Systems
  • Table Joins
  • Adding XY data
  • Geoprocessing Operations (buffer, clip, dissolve, erase, intersect, etc.)
  • Attribute Queries
  • Spatial Queries
  • Map Algebra
  • Classification
  • Reclassification
  • Cartographic Design
  • GPS Data Collection and Download
  • Data Aquisition from Public Sources
  • Data Processing in Microsoft Excel
  • Data Management
  • Quality Assurance / Quality Control Protocols

The emphasis of the course is an applied geospatial research project. The deliverables will include, a project proposal, and a project research paper. With a research project as the ultimate goal, the Intermediate Geographic Information Science course will introduce a range of applied techniques related to geospatial modeling, network analysis, and interpolation.

 Course Learning Outcomes


After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Organize a research project with a geospatial component
  • Compose a literature review of supporting material
  • Formulate methods for answering a research question or solving a problem
  • Create a detailed schedule of project tasks and milestones
  • Complete a research paper suitable for a discipline-specific academic journal
  • Integrate new tools and technology into project workflows
  • Collect and create geospatial data
  • Apply a variety of modeling techniques for geospatial analysis
  • Communicate findings through graphic media and visualization techniques

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