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GEOG 482
Making Maps that Matter with GIS
Geospatial Technology Competency Model diagram

You may come into this course with a general knowledge of and experience with the many applications of GIS, but do you know what it takes to be a GIS professional in this rapidly-changing field? In Geog 482, we use case studies of meaningful applications of GIS to introduce topics within the major industry sectors defined by the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM): Positioning and Data Acquisition, Analysis and Modeling, and Software and App Development. You will develop the ability to use maps and geospatial technology as a story-telling medium, and you will be able to demonstrate how and why GIS matters.

At a Glance


Applications in GIS
Fundamentals of GIS and Mapmaking
Geospatial Programming and Software Development
ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Story Maps
SyllabusGEOG 482 Syllabus

Upcoming Offerings

Semester Instructor
Spring 1, 2024 Amy Avery, M.A.
Spring 2, 2024 Amy Avery, M.A.
Summer 2024 Adrienne Goldsberry, M.A.
Fall 1, 2024 Adrienne Goldsberry, M.A.
Fall 2, 2024 Adrienne Goldsberry, M.A.

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What Our Students Say

Exceeded my Expectations.

“GEOG 482 certainly exceeded my expectations. Not only was it taught by a leading GIS authority, it was very well organized, highly engaging with strong course content, and did not seem like 'distance learning.'”

— Eric Elms

Fun, innovative, introductory course to GIS!

“GEOG 482, Making Maps that Matter with GIS is a fun, innovative, introductory course to GIS! It helps you learn a wide array of subjects and issues by allowing you to focus your studies on topics that are of interest to you.”

— Mark

We offer over 30 courses in five 10-week terms each year: two every fall, two every spring and one every summer.