Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences

GIS Courses at Lehman College

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  • GEP 204 / GEP 504 [PDF] - Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis 3 credits (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory per week) Prerequisite: None This course serves as an introduction to the world of maps – how to use maps to obtain information about a wide variety of topics, and how to create maps to display and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. Topics covered include History of cartography; Basic map elements; Scales and measurements from maps; Contour interpretation; Use and understanding of Cartograms, Thematic maps, Graphs and Charts; Mental maps; Map Mis-Use, and Alternative Mapping Methods; Aerial photos; Remotely-sensed images; and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Laboratory work includes digital map applications and GIS mapping exercises.
  • GEP 205/ GEP505 [PDF] - Principles of Geographic Information Science (GISc) 3 credits (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory per week) Prerequisite: GEH 101 OR GEH 102 OR Departmental Permission: Computer Literacy Recommended. This course covers basics concepts and therories of Geographic Information Science (GISc), as well as provides hands-on experience with a GIS software package for computering mapping and data analysis. Through a series of lectures, GIS laboratory exercises, and the design of a GIS project, students are taught the variety of ways GIS can be used to solve real world problems in many different fields. Laboratory exercises will include simple database creation,generation of statistics, data analysis, and the production of thematic maps and charts. Demographic, socio-economic, environmental, land use, and health data sets, will be utilized in the lab exercises .
  • GEP 350 / GEP 605 [PDF] - Special Projects in GISc: Ecology and Environmental Studies 4 credits ( 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab per week) Prerequisite: GEP 205 / GEP 505, or Departmental Permission This course has been developed for intermediate GISc students who wish to apply more advanced GIS techniques to their analyses, expand their knowledge of current methodologies, and conduct more complex analyses involving modeling and simulation. This term, the course will explore in depth the topic of “GISc in Ecology and Environmental Studies,” and will give students the opportunity to design a major GIS project. Through a series of lectures, GIS laboratory work, and the design of a GIS project, students will learn more advanced GIS spatial techniques and their applications to ecology research, environmental management, urban planning, economic development, risk and hazard assessment, and other arenas of public policy and decision-making.
  • GEP 490 / GEP 690 [PDF]- Workshop in Geographic Information Science 4 credits Prerequisite: GEP 350 / GEP 605, or Departmental Permission
    This course is intended to provide the student with a solid grounding in research design and methodology by designing and conducting a GIS research project within the parameters of the student’s field of interest or specialty. Projects are to be substantive and original research efforts conforming to generally acceptable professional geographical practices and techniques.

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