GIS Software available for students

If you are interested in having ArcGIS or ERDAS on your own Windows computer follow this link.

Independent Study and Undergraduate Research Course Forms

Undergraduate Research (GEO/ESC 499) expanding section

Students interested in enrolling in Undergraduate Research (GEO/ESC 499) through the Department of Geography and Earth Science must complete this form prior to registering for the course. Be sure to discuss your plan with your research advisor prior to filling out the form. Within the form, you will enter a project title and a description of your plan for the semester. These items should be completed in consultation with your advisor/instructor.

Provide a summary of your research plan for the semester. This should include the following items:

  • Title
  • Research objectives
  • Activities you will undertake during the research project
  • Amount of time you will work on the research project each week
  • Expected product resulting from the research project (e.g., contribution to publication, presentation at a conference, written report submitted to research advisor)
  • Plan for when you will meet with your research advisor throughout the semester
  • Potential sources of funding for research if needed

This should be a well-written summary and should be reviewed with your advisor prior to submitting it with this form. The summary should not exceed 400 words.

Independent Study (GEO/ESC 490/590) expanding section

Students interested in enrolling in Independent Study (GEO/ESC 490/590) through the Department of Geography and Earth Science must complete this form prior to registering for the course. Be sure to discuss your plan with your independent study instructor prior to filling out the form. Within the form, you will enter a project title and a description of your plan for the semester. These items should be completed in consultation with your advisor/instructor.

Provide a summary of your Independent Study plan for the semester. This should include the following items:

  • Independent Study objectives
  • Activities your will undertake during the Independent Study
  • Amount of time you will work on the Independent Study each week
  • Expected product resulting from the Independent Study (e.g., written report submitted to instructor)
  • Plan for when you will meet with your Independent Study instructor throughout the semester

This should be a well-written summary and should be reviewed with your instructor prior to submitting it with this form. The summary should not exceed 400 words.

Graduating Geography Major Exit Survey

Link to Exit Survey expanding section

How to Print a Poster

Poster Printing Information expanding section

Student posters can be printed by the Geography Department by request of a Department faculty member. If you are a Geography or an Earth Science major and need a poster printed for a Geography/Earth Science related conference or presentation, please coordinate with your instructor or research advisor. The GIS Lab Manager (Cowley 241) can assist you with printing your poster or you can schedule a time to print it with your instructor or research advisor. At least two full business days of lead time is required to print your poster. 

Geography Course-Specific Websites

GEO 310: Transportation Geography expanding section

Transportation geography is the study of the movement of people and commodities across the earth's surface. It deals with the spatial interactions between people and places. This course is designed to introduce you to the study of transportation systems from a geographic perspective. One can think of transportation as a service that the transportation industry offers travelers to insure mobility. The relation between the supply for transportation and the demand for moving people and goods characterize the performance of the transportation system. Such performance is extremely important for our sustainability as it relates to the well being of our economy, society and environment. Studying a transportation system and its performance entails the analysis of various aspects that relate to infrastructure, vehicles, and operations by which vehicles are operated using the available infrastructure. The effective management of transportation systems requires an understanding of various concepts and analytical methods that are often used by transportation professionals to make informed decisions about transportation policy. While transport geographers study a wide range of topics, the focus of this introductory course is on: theoretical and practical concepts of transport geography, current transportation issues and problems, and analytical methods for describing, analyzing and modeling transportation systems using GIS software. Offered Annually.

For the website for Transportation Geography, please click the link.

GEO/ESC 405/505: Geographic Information System and Science II expanding section

Building upon lessons learned in ESC/GEO 305, this course focuses on geospatial analysis and database development. The course includes both theoretical and applied aspects of GIS analysis. GIS software, with an emphasis on ArcGIS, will be used to explore geographic questions. Hands-on exercises pertaining to environmental science, natural resource management, business, and urban planning will be used to complement lecture material. Topics will include data organization, database structure, input and output, data quality, and geographic analysis of spatial and attribute data. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: ESC/GEO 305STAT 145; junior standing. (Cross-listed with ESC/GEO; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Fall, Spring.

To view the website for GISS II, please follow the link.

GEO/ESC 485: Geographic Information System and Science III expanding section

This course covers advanced theories in geographic information systems database structures, advanced applications, database transfers, database management, use of census data, spatial analysis, and decision-making. There will be an emphasis on ARCGIS and its applications and integration of GIS with remote sensing and GPS. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: ESC/GEO 405STAT 145; junior standing. (Cross-listed with ESC/GEO; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Spring.

To view the website for GISS III, please click the link.