Foundational Skills in Desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Summer 2018 quarter (First Session)

Taught by

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), field deployment, workflow analysis


Students should be familiar with the Windows-10 operating system, including folder and file management, and typical office automation applications, such as spreadsheets and word processing.  

The technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is well-known as a way to make maps on computers. In addition, a modern GIS encompasses the efficient management of spatial data, the precision provided by coordinate systems, and the means to conduct a vast range of spatial analyses and depict complex phenomena in maps. No previous GIS experience is required. 

This course will teach students how to use the latest Esri software for the desktop computer, called "ArcGIS Pro" (  The teaching method is based on the principle of "learning by doing" - through mapping exercises that challenge students in the application of progressively more complex GIS skills. Students will learn how to add and manage data in a geodatabase, how to combine data and and optimize layers with symbols and labels, how to create maps of various types, edit geographic data and create new geodata from joining tables and calculation of attributes. The mapping exercises will provide awareness of topics such as conservation, habitat suitability, humanitarian and social challenges, hydrography, and other fields where GIS technology is used to organize data, solve problems, and make decisions. 

This class will meet one day (8 hours) per week for five weeks, using computers available at the TESC campus.  Student licenses to Esri software will also be provided at no cost to students who wish to use ArcGIS Pro on their home computers using the Windows 10 operating system. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

computer science environmental studies geography

Preparatory For

Geographic Information Systems are applicable to government policy (state, federal, local, tribal), environmental and conservation careers (e.g. land trusts), field research studies, and the work of many large and small non-profits and non governmental organizations (NGO's).  


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Saturdays 8 to 5 (includes a lunch break)

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning