GSP2300EN - Intro to Geospatial Software Systems

Course description

Through supervised field study and concurrent class meetings to discuss GIS experiences, professional issues, and integrated learning, students become familiar with GIS work through practice, practical settings, policies, populations served, and common issues of the geospatial profession. This course allows the student to assess their suitability for the related profession, and may also be repeated with professor’s permission for a total credit limit of six credit hours.

How this course benefits students

Putting your knowledge into practice is mission critical. Many of the problems and solutions in the day-to-day work of GIS require first-hand experience: Knowing where to look and how to acquire data, how to use GIS software, and how to choose an analytical tool. In this field study, students get their feet wet and see if they are a good fit for a geospatial role.

Why this course is important

Because this course places the student in the field, it gives students a chance to use geospatial software, employ their powerful capabilities, and understand if they are a good fit for the profession. In order to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, students must know how to make good decisions and manage scarce resources, which requires applying knowledge on the ground making decisions based on experience.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geospatial Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Ryan Scamehorn, Instructor in Geospatial Mission

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

Learning by doing is essential to the logistical aspects of missional work, including project management, decision making, and resource allocation.

Contextually informed

Students use GIS software, collect data on the ground, and apply their skills and knowledge in roles much like they do in the context of missional work.

Interculturally focused

Students are placed in international contexts, either physically or virtually, in which they observe how culture and public policy influence physical geography.

Practically minded

Students leave the course with real experience and a basic understanding of the practical and logistical roles of GIS professionals.

Experientially transformed

With an understanding of GIS software and the contexts in which it is employed, students come away with real experience preparing them for their missional roles.