GIS-Related Courses

GIS 101/ENV 107/INTR 81 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 102/ENV 197 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
UEP 0232 Intro to GIS: GIS for Urban Analysis
UEP 29422 Special Topics: Advanced GIS
CEE 187 Geographic Information Systems
CEE 193G Intro to GIS
CEE 194A Introduction to Remote Sensing
ENV 75 Geohazards Engineering
Fletcher DHP P207 GIS for International Applications
EOS 104 Geological Applications of GIS
Nutr 231 Fundamentals of GIS for Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Applications
Nutr 302/Fletcher DHP D233 Daily Risks and Disasters: Predicting and Managing Catastrophes
PH GIS of Public Health
GIS for Veterinarians: Selective Course

GIS 101/ENV 107/INTR 81 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Instructor: Sudha Maheshwari
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Broad foundation of Geographic Information Systems theory, capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data discovery, data structure and management; principles of cartographic visualization; and basic spatial analysis and modeling. Assignments concentrate on applying concepts covered in lectures and class exercises to term projects in each student’s fields of interest.

GIS 102/ENV 197 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Offered Spring 2015
Instructor: Glenn Hazelton
Email: Glenn.Hazelton@tufts.edu

Design and use of spatial information systems to support analytical modeling and geospatial processing for professional development, research, and practice. Topics include the automation of geoprocessing and database manipulation using Python and Modelbuilder; geospatial research; creation of spatial data using remote sensing classification methods, spatial statistics and data mining; geospatial modeling; and alternative open source geospatial software.  This course will include a project involving an overseas NGO.

UEP 0232 Intro to GIS: GIS for Urban Analysis
Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Instructor: Dr. Barbara Parmenter
Email: barbara.parmenter at tufts.edu

This course will focus on introducing students to the use of geographic information systems in the urban/suburban/metropolitan environment. Students will learn to work with urban spatial databases (including data sets pertaining to land use/land cover, parcel records, census demographics, environmental issues, water, transportation, local government, community development, and businesses). Technical topics to be covered include finding and understanding sources of information for metropolitan spatial databases, integration of data from a variety of sources, database structure and design issues, spatial analysis capabilities, data quality and data documentation. While learning GIS skills, participants will complete a mapping/analysis project of their choosing. Prerequisite: None.

UEP 29422 Special Topics: Advanced GIS
Offered Fall 2014
Instructor: Glenn Hazelton
Email: Glenn.Hazelton@tufts.edu
Design and use of spatial information systems to support analytical modeling in research and practice. Topics include the structure and integration of large data sets, relational database management, development of spatial data, integration of data into models and geoprocessing techniques, and basic scripting to support geospatial modeling. Prerequisites: GIS 101, UEP 232 or equivalent.

CEE 187 Geographic Information Systems
Offered: Fall 2014
Instructor: Dr. Laurie Gaskins Baise
Email: laurie.baise@tufts.edu

Spatial analysis with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including their use for engineering applications. GIS data structure and management, techniques for spatial analysis. Applications including seismic hazard, water resources, and environmental health. Laboratory exercises in GIS. Prerequisites: ES 56.

CEE 193G Intro to GIS
Offered  Summer 2010
Instructor: Dr. John Durant
Email: jdurant@emerald.tufts.edu

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based systems used to enter, store, transform, map, analyze and interpret spatial data. In this introductory course we will study how GIS systems work, how data is generated, and how to use different software tools to map and analyze GIS data. Emphasis will be placed on the basic elements of cartography and GIS (lecture) and hands-on applications (labs). Applications will be made to a broad range of environmental and engineering problems. Prerequisite: None.

CEE 194A Introduction to Remote Sensing
Offered Spring 2015
Instructor: Dr. Magaly Koch

This course introduces students to the use of satellite imagery and other remotely sensed data for urban and environmental analysis. The course will emphasize practical applications of remote sensing for understanding human-environment dynamics. Students will get a thorough overview of remote sensing data sources and understand which sources are appropriate for which applications. Lectures and labs will cover the workflow of processing sensing data for environmental analysis, starting with data acquisition and moving on to image georeferencing, image enhancement and filtering, image classification and basic image analysis.

ENV 75 Geohazards Engineering
Offered Fall 2010
Instructor: Dr. Laurie Gaskins Baise
Email: laurie.baise@tufts.edu

Geohazards engineering will look at the science and engineering involved in evaluating hazards related to earthquakes, landslides, floods, and climate change. We will also discuss relevant recent geohazards such as the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake and Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the course, we will use some simple hazard analysis to study the relationship between frequency of geohazard events and the magnitude of those events. We will also learn to use geographic information systems to evaluate the spatial distribution of hazard associated with several geohazards.

Fletcher DHP P207 GIS for International Applications
Offered Spring 2015
Instructor: Patrick Florance
Email: patrick.florance@tufts.edu

This course will introduce students to the use of geospatial technologies, data and analysis focusing on applications in the international context. The course gives primary emphasis to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for data creation, mapping, and analysis. It will also cover the use of global positioning systems (GPS) for field data collection and mapping; cartography for high quality visualization of conditions, issues, and analysis results in a given locale; and the use of map mash-ups and crowd sourcing in the international arena

EOS 104 Geological Applications of GIS
Offered Spring 2015
Instructor: Jake Benner
Email: jacob.benner@tufts.edu

This course covers the basic functions of the particular GIS program ArcGIS with a particular focus on geological applications. Assignments are derived from the textbook “Getting to Know ArcGIS” tutorials, and tailor made geologic tutorials. The geologic tutorials are designed for upper level geology majors who are familiar with the concepts and methods involved in geologic interpretation. Prerequisite: Declared geology major, Geo 1 and 2, at least two courses above Geo 9, and consent.

Nutr 231: Fundamentals of GIS for Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Applications
Offered Fall 2014, Spring 2015
Instructor: Paul Cote

This is a half credit course that introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to address the many problems of agriculture, food systems, and the environment. This course will provide students with the fundamentals to begin using GIS in research and applied projects. The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with sufficient understanding of GIS science and software programs to be able to conduct a simple project independently.

Nutr 302/Fletcher DHP D233 Daily Risks and Disasters: Predicting and Managing Catastrophes
Offered Spring 2013
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Webb; GIS Instructor: Patrick Florance
Email: patrick.webb@tufts.edu Email: patrick.florance@tufts.edu

This course (requiring advance reading and extensive participation in discussion) serves as a bridge between classes on nutrition in a developmental context and those focused on relief in complex emergencies. Manifestations of household and national vulnerability differ in these contexts, but only by a matter of degrees. Risks of individual failure are related to risks of household food security, which in turn relate to risks inherent in the physical economic, cultural, and political environment that is the backdrop to household behavior. The conditions that determine food and nutritional stresses persist in countries undergoing economic transformation and political unrest, but also in those ill-equipped to cope with the stresses of globalization, increasing poverty, and declining public sector responsibility. Much international work involves being able to assess the potential risks and returns of alternative development strategies in such diverse contexts. Seven weeks of geographic information systems (GIS) instruction are incorporated. Prerequisite: NUTR 218 or instructor consent.

PH GIS of Public Health
Offered Spring 2015
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Stopka
Email: Thomas.Stopka@tufts.edu

This half credit course will be taught during the second half of the Spring Semester of 2015. The course, which will include a mix of lectures and labs, will offer public health students the opportunity to learn introductory GIS and spatial analysis concepts and applications. Students with previous coursework in public health and epidemiology are encouraged to apply.  Enrollment will be limited to 25 students.

GIS for Veterinarians: Selective Course
Offered Spring 2014
Instructor: Dr. Carl Zimmerman
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This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of the Geographic Information Systems and Science. It will consist of a theoretical part and hands-on computer tutorials with ArcGIS software. This course is designed for novices in GIS with specific focus on mapping and spatial analysis applications to human and animal health. Topics discussed in the class include field data collection for mapping using GPS, basic GIS mapping methods, spatial data sources, use of remote sensing for monitoring disease outbreaks, methods of spatial analysis (clusters and hot spots analysis) and online mapping. The tutorials include spatial analysis of asthma in Albany, New York, cholera outbreak in Peru, dengue fever in India, malaria and Rift Valley fever in Africa. Students will meet with the instructor and complete the tutorials in the Computer lab in the Library during the assigned class time. This course is open to all students and faculty from the Veterinary School. 40 Hours, Tuesdays 1-5 pm.

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