GSP3310EN - Geostatistics I: Intro to Geostatistics

Course description

Geostatistics owes much to practice. As such, in this course, the development of the basic principles of geostatistics are presented. Statistical models and concepts are introduced from the need for data analysis, rather than through formula derivation. The main topics include various statistical techniques such as probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and linear regression. Additionally, students explore the application of geostatistics for spatial interpolation and stochastic modeling of environmental attributes and their use in geoscientific decision-making.

How this course benefits students

At the end of this course, students are able to apply the concepts of spatial variability to environmental variables. Also, this course provides students with an opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem-solving attributes based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development.

Why this course is important

This course teachs students and professionals how to perform statistical analysis on a variety of datasets relevant to geosciences and engineering. In the process, it equips graduates with cutting-edge methods and applications in the field of data science that is in high demand in the job market.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geospatial Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Churchill Okonkwo, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The course aligns the application of geostatistics to Biblical understanding of the Christian life in such a way that students are not lured into uncritically accepting certain predispositions.

Missionally driven

In this course, students are not only taught "the facts" which modern textbooks present but are trained to know that there are different presumptions as to what constitutes a "fact," as well as different interpretations and uses of them to enhance missions and a missional lifestyle.

Contextually informed

This course, through biblical perspective, presents statistics in the light of the missional context.

Interculturally focused

Christian geostatisticians of every culture are equipped with powerful Geostatistical tools to understand the complexity of data arising from Earth sciences.

Practically minded

Students leave the course with the ability to make spatial data, through data visualization, accessible and well suited to enhance our understanding of biblical stories.

Experientially transformed

Students are engaged in the use of geostatistics tools in the analysis and management of data in light of Biblical Christianity.