GIS for Geoscientists

mark manone

northern arizona university
University with graduate programs, primarily masters programs


A hands on lab course focused on using GIS as a tool for geoscience research.

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Resource Type: Course Information
Special Interest: GIS
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This course will introduce students to the use of Geographic Information Systems and specifically how they are used in the GeoSciences. Students will work with the most recent edition of ESRI ArcGIS software and learn the basics as well as advanced extensions of ArcGIS. The course may also cover "field based" GIS techniques which include the use of a tablet PC or GPS units. An individual project will be required which will use all of the techniques learned throughout the first 11 weeks of the class, the project will ideally collect, edit and present data that could be used for a students senior project or graduate research.

Course Goals:

  1. Understand basic concepts and components of a GIS and how it is used in the Geosciences.
  2. Become proficient in using ESRI ArcGIS and the Spatial and 3D analyst extensions.
  3. Learn how to use GIS in the field in conjunction with a GPS unit.
  4. Be able to collect, process, edit, project, analyze and present ones own data using a ArcGIS.

Skills Goals

working in groups, spataiaal analysis, field based data collection techniques using GIS/RS

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

We are very hands on and applied to the needs of the group. We work together to help each other achieve the necessary GIS skills. Focused on community learning

Attitudinal Goals

hands on confidence

proficiency in geospatial tech. skills

ability to independently problem solve

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

All three of the above goals are integrated into every activity



GIS for Geoscientists Syllabus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 15kB Aug8 10)

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