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Listed below are courses teaching GIS or using GIS as a core technology in an application discipline.  You may also search the Harvard Course Catalog for any courses that contain the keywords of 'GIS' or 'Map' in their descriptions.

GOV 1009 - Advanced Geographical Information Systems Workshop

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jill Kelly

This course is a workshop for students who have taken the introductory Geographical Information Systems course and want to explore detailed applications. The course will meet two times a week for a lecture and a laboratory exercise.   

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Intermediate Geographic Analysis

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Josh Lieberman

GIS is much more than mapping. As an informatics and data science discipline, it also provides unique tools and perspectives for learning from data about the world and its inhabitants. It leverages the special characteristics of geospatial data and processes to derive more insight from data than a non-spatial approach alone. This course builds on introductory concepts and skills of spatial data management and cartography to cover a range of exploratory, statistical, and predictive spatial analytic techniques, using publicly available and student-prepared datasets.

Introduction to GIS

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jeff Blossom

This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package. Upon completion of this course, students understand the fundamental concepts of a GIS including spatial data models, spatial analysis, and cartographic principles.

Web GIS: Technologies and Applications

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Pinde Fu

Web GIS, as the combination of the web and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), is a new and promising field. It has unlocked the power of GIS, and put online maps and geospatial intelligence in the offices of millions and the hands of billions. This course aims to provide students with the essential web GIS knowledge needed for managing web GIS projects, teach students the latest web GIS technologies needed for building modern web GIS apps, and inspire students with real world application case studies.

GHP 534 - Introduction to Spatial Methods for Public Health

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Marcia Castro

This is an introductory level course in the conceptual and analytic tools used to understand how spatial distributions of exposure impact on processes and patterns of disease.

GOV 94DN - Mapping Social and Environmental Space

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jill Kelly

This seminar will use mapping as a methodological technique to examine social and environmental issues. Students will be expected to use mapping software to examine spatial data for a location and topic of their choice for their final paper. Weekly discussions will be conducted in class on various mapping related topics. References will range from books like "How to lie with Maps" to current journal articles examining the use of GIS in social science.

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SCI 6322 - Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Robert Pietrusko

Maps do not represent reality, they create it. As a fundamental part of the design process, the act of mapping results in highly authored views of a site. By choosing what features, forces, and flows to highlight -- and implicitly, which to exclude -- the designer first creates the reality into which their intervention will be situated and discussed.  Over the course of a semester, students will work extensively with techniques of geospatial analysis in GIS.

GOV 1008 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Fall 2017
Instructor(s)  Jill Kelly

This courses teaches the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a collection of hardware and software tools that allow users to visualize and analyze geographic data in its spatial configuration. Students will learn the theory of geospatial analysis alongside practical methods for acquiring, manipulating, displaying, and analyzing cartographic data.    Listing in Harvard Course Catalog

HIST 1952 - Mapping History

Fall 2017
Instructor(s)  Kelly A. O'Neill

The history of maps and mapping from the age of Enlightenment to the era of GIS and GeoJSON. We will examine the way states and individuals have used maps to create ideas, shape policies, and generate political and cultural capital. We will also study the production of maps ? both print-based and digital ? by historians themselves. What new insights about the past can we gain by mapping it? How are innovations in cartographic technology changing the way historians think and write? In today?s interactive digital environments, where does the map end and history begin?

VIS 2129 - Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment

Fall 2017
Instructor(s)  Andres Sevtsuk

Urban planners engage in many complex processes that defy easy representation. This course provides first-semester urban planning students with the graphic and technical skills needed to reason, design and communicate these processes with geospatial data.

ISMT E-156 - Intermediate Geographic Analysis

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Joshua Lieberman

GIS is not just for mapping. As an information system and science, it also provides tools and perspectives for learning what spatial data can tell us about the world and its geography. It leverages the special characteristics of spatial data and processes to derive more insight from data than a non-spatial approach can do. This course builds on introductory concepts and skills of spatial data management and cartography to cover a range of exploratory, statistical, and predictive spatial analysis techniques, using publicly available and student -prepared datasets.

ISMT E-150 - Introduction to GIS

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jeff Blossom

This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package. Upon completion of this course, students understand the fundamental concepts of a GIS including spatial data models, spatial analysis, and cartographic principles.

ENVR E-118b - Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning, and Geodesign

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Megan Epler Wood; Stephen M. Ervin

This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and qualitative economic, sociocultural, and environmental data, to determine the best management of vital natural and social resources, and to build scenarios that include the impacts of climate change, including approaches to mitigation and adaptation, over the next 20-30 years.

CSCI E-8 - Web GIS: Technologies and Applications

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Pinde Fu

Web GIS, as the combination of the web and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), is a new and promising field. It has unlocked the power of GIS, and put online maps and geospatial intelligence in the offices of millions and the hands of billions. This course aims to provide students with the essential web GIS knowledge needed for managing web GIS projects, teach students the latest web GIS technologies needed for building modern web GIS apps, and inspire students with real world application case studies.

ISMT E-150 - Introduction to GIS

Fall 2017
Instructor(s)  Wendy Guan

This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package. Upon completion of this course, students understand the fundamental concepts of a GIS including spatial data models, spatial analysis, and cartographic principles.