Geospatial Technology (GIS)PREREQUISITE: NoneDESCRIPTION: Geospatial science is an elective course that involves the use of geographic information systems (GIS) which integrate hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. In this course, GIS is used to organize, analyze, and communicate spatial-data relationships. In the first semester, students learn about GIS tools and acquire the essential skills necessary to use (GIS) software and hardware effectively. These computer/software skills form the foundation of the course and are used extensively as students carry out independent research later in the course. Teacherdirected activities will gradually lead to more student-directed research.All students are expected to complete an in-depth research project as a required part of their course work during the second semester. Students may also choose a dual enrollment option offered through a partnership with James Madison University (JMU), Department of Geology and Geography. Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits from JMU while completing the in-depth research project. The project (mandatory for all students regardless of whether they choose the dual enrollment option) requires students to apply all skills acquired during the first semester, identify a suitable independent research topic, and demonstrate their ability to complete and present their project to school faculty, members of the GIS community, and James Madison University faculty and staff. To earn the 3 credit hours, students must meet or exceed the project expectations established by JMU. $20 registration fee. $540 ($90/credit hour) for tuition.
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