Fall 2023

Principles of Geospatial Inquiry

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-253  |  Geology, as GEOL-253


Michelle Fame (Sections 01, 01F, 01L and 02L)


(Offered as GEOL-253 and ENST-253) Geospatial inquiry is an iterative creative process that involves asking, answering, and communicating the results of questions using data linked to geographic locations. The anticipated results of this process are thoughtfully assembled maps and geographic datasets that serve as accessible, persuasive, and even beautiful means of conveying large amounts of complex information. Geospatial thinking is a critical skill for pursuing a systems-based perspective on our rapidly changing and interconnected world.This course is a hands-on introduction to geospatial inquiry using geographic information systems (GIS) software applied to a variety of intersecting topics in environmental studies, natural science, and the humanities. Technical topics include geospatial data acquisition and database management, coordinate systems and projections, creation and manipulation of raster and vector datasets, data digitization, incorporation of field data into GIS, use of lidar, aerial imagery, and other remote sensing tools, and the production of professional-quality final maps.While there is a lecture component in the course, students will mainly be engaged in active learning in the form of skills tutorials, reflection and discussion assignments, independent and peer troubleshooting, and question-driven projects.

Fall semester. Limited to 25 students. Visiting Assistant Professor Fame.

Pending Faculty Approval

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to Geology and Environmental Studies students as well as seniors needing GIS to support their work

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: active learning, independent & peer troubleshooting

ENST 253 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM BEBU 311

ENST 253 - DIS

Section 01F
F 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM BEBU 311

ENST 253 - LAB

Section 01L
Th 8:20 AM - 11:20 AM BEBU 311

Section 02L
Th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM BEBU 311


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023, Spring 2025