GSP1200EN - Intro to Geospatial Systems

Course description

Introduces students to the science, software, and satellites of geospatial technology including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography, remote sensing, spatial data, spatial databases, and spatial analysis with an emphasis on their use for defining and understanding health, ecological, and human environments in the context of geography.

How this course benefits students

In an information-driven era dominated by advances in technology, it is important for students to understand and appreciate God's wisdom in inspiring such technologies and to understand how these technologies can be used in furthering the gospel through the application of practical knowledge.

Why this course is important

This course lays the foundation for understanding geospatial technologies, the methods employed in their use, and their many roles, including aiding in humanitarian crises. In order to take the gospel to the ends of the Earth, students must know how to deploy these tools in order to make good decisions and manage scarce resources.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geospatial Studies
Educational level
Social Science Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course conforms to the Biblical affirmation in Genesis wherein God gave man dominion over the Earth and all living things.

Missionally driven

Geospatial technology is essential to the logistical aspects of missional work, including project management, decision making, and resource allocation.

Contextually informed

Students become familiar with ideas related to how location and the natural world play critical roles in the management of missional work.

Interculturally focused

This course deals with ideas related to how location and the human context play critical roles in the management of missional work.

Practically minded

Students leave the course with an understanding of the practical and logistical roles of geospatial technology.

Experientially transformed

With an understanding of these tools, students become better decision makers and informed leaders in their missional roles.