2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CNSCI 2101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based systems used to enter, store, transform, map, analyze and interpret data. In this introductory course we will study how GIS systems work and how to use GIS software (ArcMap) to map and analyze data. Emphasis will be placed on the basic elements of cartography and GIS (lecture) and hands-on applications (labs). The majority of the labs will focus on exploring Cambridge and analyzing our urban environment. The course will combine lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises in the computer lab. The focus of the first half of the course will be learning how to use GIS software and how to perform geographic analysis. In the second half of the course, students will complete a GIS project.




Fall semester