Instructors: Dr. Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou,


Lectures: Tues. Thurs 2:00pm - 3:15 pm, AL-204
Lab: Web-based GIS exercises: Blackboard


This course will introduce fundamental concepts of geographic information science (GIScience), including geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), cartography, remote sensing, and spatial statistics. Advanced geospatial application tools, such as Google Earth, Google Map, Smart Phone Apps (Androids or iPhones), and web mapping services (ESRI ArcGIS online, Storymaps, Mapbox, CartoDB) will be used to demonstrate these key concepts. Students will learn how to use these geospatial technologies and web tools in addressing human and environmental problems. The web-based exercises and lectures will teach students how to organize geospatial data, visualize spatial patterns, and conduct basic spatial query and map overlay functions.

Prerequisites: : Satisfaction of the Entry-Level Mathematics requirement (ELM).

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This Geography 104 course has been approved as the General Education (GE) course by the University Senates on March 7, 2006. This course is the first low-level GIS class under the GE category of Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning in the Foundations of Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning.

This course is the fundamental core course for B.S. program Emphasized in Geographic Information Science and B.A. program Emphasized in the Methods of Geographical Analysis at the Department of Geography. This unit can also be used for the Geographic Information Science Certificate Program at SDSU and the General Education Requirement at SDSU.