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GCCC Courses

All GIS Center courses are available to all learners for academic credit or for continuing education. A variety of courses exists to suit your interests and a variety of course delivery options are available to suit your academic or professional needs.

EVSC 0507.  INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
(Fall Semester, 3 Credits Hour - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Introductions to GIS concepts, fundamentals of GIS, including managing and processing geographic data, coordinate systems, spatial data analysis, database creation, and cartography. Familiarity with Arc-GIS software. 

EVSC 0517 ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS IN GIS 
(Spring Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Research applications of GIS with special emphasis on the processing and spatial analysis of natural resources and environmental data. Specific topics will include:  forest management, soils management, water resources, biodiversity conservation, environmental modeling of atmosphere, natural hazards, site suitability analysis and vulnerability assessment.

EVSC 0545 REMOTE SENSING: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
(Fall Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
The course introduces students to fundamental concepts and principles of remote sensing, including energy sources, electromagnetic radiation, sensor systems, satellite image types including multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal and radar data acquisitions, image resolution types, image processing and classification techniques, ground referencing, and GIS integration. Various satellite remote sensing methods and applications with respect to different academic disciplines and research areas are also covered.

EVSC 0560 HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
(Spring Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Students will be taught and introduced to the theories and principles of hydrologic cycle, hydrologic systems, hydrologic processes, surface and ground water, hydrologic measurement and analysis. Students will study the various types of point and nonpoint sources of pollution and the transportation and fate of pollutants. Particular emphasis is placed on NPS associated with urban and agricultural activities which end up in surface and ground water runoff, and how they impact water quality. Surface and ground water pollution in diverse aquatic systems including stream, river, lake, reservoir, and estuarine environments are considered. Students are exposed to a variety of structural and non-structural management practices for pollution control, Geospatial Information Systems and hydrologic modeling approaches for watershed management.

EVSC0570 AGROMETEOROLOGY
(Fall Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Agrometeorology, also referred to as agricultural meteorology, is an interdisciplinary science in which principles of meteorology, climatology, and hydrology that are significant to agriculture owing to their interaction are applied to agricultural systems. The aim of Agrometeorology is to apply climatological information for the purposes of improving farming practices and increasing agricultural productivity in both quantity and in quality.

EVSC0610 CLIMATE CHANGE & CLIMATE MODELING
(Spring Semester, 3 Credits - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
The modeling of past, present and future climates is of fundamental importance to the issue of climate change and variability. Climate Change and Climate Modeling provides a solid foundation for science students in all disciplines for our current understanding of global warming and important natural climate variations, and lays out the essentials of how climate models are constructed.

PLSS 0425 SOIL GENESIS AND CLASSIFICATION
(Fall Semester, 3 Credit Hour - 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab)
Courses takes students through the theory and practice of soil classification and survey; soil morphology and composition, soil genesis processes and reactions, soil taxonomy, and soils types for different regions. Students will also be trained in the methods of soil morphology and survey and to familiarize the student with the principles of soil taxonomy and the soil classification systems used in the United States, Western Europe, USSR and developing countries. Students will also be introduced to computer based GIS analysis of soil database and soil mapping analysis.