Courses

Below is a list of credit-bearing geospatial information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) courses offered by the UCLA Department of Geography.

Geography 7:  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (ONLINE)

Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Designed for freshmen/sophomores. Introduction to fundamental principles and concepts necessary to carry out sound geographic analysis with geographic information systems (GIS). Reinforcement of key issues in GIS, such as geographic coordinate systems, map projections, spatial analysis, and visualization of spatial data. Laboratory exercises use database query, manipulation, and spatial analysis to address real-world problems. P/NP or letter grading.

NOTE:  Geography 7 is offered to ALL students within the University of California system. For enrollment information, see:  http://crossenroll.universityofcalifornia.edu/

Geography 167:  Cartography (ONLINE)

Lecture, two hours; laboratory, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 7. Designed for juniors/seniors. Survey of field of cartography. Theory and construction of map projections, compilation procedures, principles of generalization, symbolization, terrain representation, lettering, drafting and scribing, and map reproduction methods. P/NP or letter grading.

Geography 168:  Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 7. Extension of basic concepts presented in course 7. How geographic and spatial analyses inform, integrate, and extend scientific inquiry in physical, life, and social sciences. Discussion of range of decisions and critical judgments necessary to carry out sound spatial analyses. Development of technical proficiency within geographic information systems (GIS) environment. P/NP or letter grading.

Geography 169:  Satellite Remote Sensing and Imaging Geographic Information Systems

Lecture, two hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 7. Introduction to fast-growing field of environmental monitoring from space. Application of Landsat, radar, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Earth Observing System satellites to land-use change, oceanography, meteorology, and environmental monitoring. Introduction to digital image-processing and imaging geographic information systems (GIS) software. P/NP or letter grading.

Geography 170:  Advanced Geographic Information Systems

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 168. Introduction to full geographic information systems (GIS) functionality, using ARC/INFO on UNIX workstations. Spatial manipulation, query, and computation of datasets carried out in project-oriented approach. P/NP or letter grading.

Geography M171:  Introduction to Spatial Statistics

(Same as Statistics M171.) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Requisite: one course from Statistics 10, 11, 12, 13, or 14. Introduction to methods of measurement and interpretation of geographic distributions and associations. P/NP or letter grading.

Geography 172:  Remote Sensing: Digital Image Processing and Analysis

Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Requisite: course 169. Digital processing methods for manipulating and analyzing image data. Topics include statistical description, geometric and radiometric correction, classification, image enhancement and filtering, and change detection schemes. Reinforcement of procedures presented in lecture with laboratory exercises and student project. P/NP or letter grading.

Geography 173: Geographic Information Systems Programming and Development

Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 168. Introduction to fundamental concepts and architecture of programming objects in widely used geographic information systems (GIS), and programming in GIS environment. Topics centered on GIS customization and development using variety of programming languages. Lectures followed by laboratory exercises. P/NP or letter grading.