Principles of Geographic Information Science
College of Science and Engineering
Basic principles, concepts and technology that are universal to all parts of Geographic Information Science and geographic information systems software. Integrated Lab. The department offers an examination for credit option for this course.
Goals and Diversity
MN Goal Course
MN Goal Designation(s)
Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
Identify and describe the purpose and function of the various GI Science components (Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Land Surveying, Remote Sensing, and Cartography).
Describe the basic concepts of a map projection and be able to distinguish between some of the major map projections.
Apply various coordinate systems such as latitude/longitude (in both decimal degrees and DMS forms), Universal Transverse Mercator, and State/Plane.
Develop different map types (choropleth, topographic, etc.) as well as components of a map and the principle of map scale.
Identify and analyze local and regional features using topographic maps.
Critically evaluate information and its sources on maps to determine information reliability and accuracy.
Create maps using modern GIS software.