Foundations in Desktop GIS

Summer 2019 First Session
Freshman - Graduate
Class Size: 20
4 Credits per quarter
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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 to take this course. 

Students will learn 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 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. ArcGIS Pro software is fast becoming the world's most widely used system for mapping and spatial analysis, with applications in government, industry, non-profits, land trusts, and native tribes - really any organization that needs to perform map production using professional quality workflows. 

This intensive learning 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 be provided at no cost to students who wish to install ArcGIS Pro on their home computers using the Windows 10 operating system. This course is designed to be compatible with Foundations in Web GIS

Registration note: Undergraduate students use CRN 40048, Graduate students use CRN 40049. 



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. 

Summer 2019 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr - Sr First Session (4): 40048
GR First Session (4): 40049

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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). 

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