This course is a study of how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used in the management and conservation of natural resources. Beginning with an overview of GIS software and basic functions, the course will then address fundamental applications of GIS, including habitat mapping, watershed analysis, species distribution modeling, disease risk mapping, and conservation area planning. The lab component will consist of conducting mini-projects using ArcGIS in each of the fundamental applications listed. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: None.
Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.