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URP 520 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and how it may be applied to solve urban planning problems. Emphasis is on basic principles and concepts of GIS, theory and tools of spatial analysis, and broad exposure to GIS applications such as land use, infrastructure, and environmental planning. Topics include the history of GIS, hardware and software requirements, spatial data types, data formats and sources, spatial analysis techniques, making maps and reports, and fundamentals of database design.


Lecture: Tue, Thu 4:00-5:00pm 2104 A&AB
Multiple labs offered.


  • 002: Fri 8:30-11:00am 
  • 003: Fri 1:00-3:30pm
  • 004: Thu 5:30-8:00pm


Tony Bedogne


Course Brief