Courses offered in the past four years.
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▹ indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]
GEOG0120 - Fundamentals of GIS
Spatial Thinking with Geographic Information Systems
This course applies spatial thinking (integrating spatial concepts, spatial representations, and spatial reasoning) using geographic information systems (computer systems for processing location-based data). Students will learn to frame and solve a sequence of applied problems with GIS across a wide range of topics, including environmental planning, biogeography and conservation biology, environmental justice, political geography, and urban geography. Fundamental concepts and methods of GIS will include raster and vector data structures and operations, geographic frameworks, error and uncertainty, and principles of cartographic design. (First semester first year students and second semester seniors by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab. DED SOC
GEOG0500 - Independent Study ▹
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)
Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017
GEOG1007 - Geospatial Business Trends
Putting Business on the Map: Today’s Geospatial Industry
In this course we will explore the key practices, players, and products in the geospatial industry and the industries it serves. How are businesses using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve their processes today? What are the biggest hurdles in implementing geospatial solutions? Which companies and advances (i.e., cloud computing, big data analytics) are driving change in geospatial technologies? Through a series of interactive case studies, guest speakers, and field visits, we will examine how GIS is being deployed in the energy, retail, government, and agriculture industries. Students will analyze how cost, technical scalability, accessibility, partnerships, and competition between industry leaders and emerging tech companies results in both innovation and—at times—stagnation across the industry. (GEOG 0120 or by approval). WTR
GEOG1024 / ENVS1024 - Conserv. Land Mgmnt Practice
Conservation and Land Management in Practice
In this course we will investigate conservation and resource management issues with a focus on Trinchera Ranch, a 265-square mile ranch in the greater Sangre De Cristo Conservation Area in southern Colorado. Studying the application of conservation tools and practices at spatial scales from site to landscape, we will explore forest, game, and wildlife management; agricultural production; water use/conservation; fire; and energy. We will visit public and private lands to glean the local, regional and national context and hear numerous perspectives. We will develop spatial (GIS-based) analyses for conservation and management efforts on the ranch and in the region. This course counts as a cognate for ENVS majors.
(Approval required; informational meeting on November 4 at 7:00 p.m. in MBH 331) WTR
Natural Resource Allocation
Community Development and Planning
Bill has worked worldwide on geographic information systems (GIS) projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Botswana, Lesotho, Bulgaria, and Uzbekistan.
B.S., Penn State, Pennsylvania
M.S., University of Vermont