Geospatial Information Science (GIS)

GIS-540  Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems  

3 Units (LAB 144-162, LEC 48-54)

This course introduces students to the basic operations of small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), drone vehicles, for use in geospatial information science (GIS) applications. The course equips students with the basic drone flight skills and knowledge about the regulations and procedures governing the safe and legal operation of small, unmanned aircraft systems. The course prepares students to become commercial sUAS pilots and to take the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 airman knowledge test.

Transfers to CSU only

GIS-550  Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems Use in Remote Sensing  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course introduces students to a basic understanding of the use of sUAS (drones) for remote data collection. It includes presentations of remote sensing theory, and implementation using sUAS platforms, aerial drones, for digital data and imagery collection and the analysis of data for geospatial information science, GIS, applications. Topics include non-aerial, conventional aerial, and satellite imagery collection; however, the major emphasis of the course is imagery and data acquisition, image interpretation, and applications of sUAS (drone) collected imagery and digital data. Students develop skills using different types of sUAS equipped with remote sensing systems and software to produce and analyze remotely collected digital data.

Prerequisite: GIS-540 (with a grade of C or better) OR FAA Part 107 License.

Transfers to CSU only

GIS-551  Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems I  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course introduces students to commercial uses of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), drone facilitated remote sensing theory and implementation. The course focuses on developing foundations for commercial applications of digital imagery used in geospatial information science (GIS). Topics include data acquisition, imagery collection, analysis, and interpretation.

Prerequisite: GIS-550 (with a grade of C or better), AND GEOG-115 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

GIS-552  Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems II  

3 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 32-36)

This course provides advanced instruction in Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), drone facilitated remote sensing theory and implementation focusing on commercial applications of digital imagery used in geospatial information science (GIS). Topics include satellite imageries, data acquisition, and image interpretation. The hands-on applications of the course cover high resolution video, aerial imaging, intelligent mission planning, multi-spectrum image capture, and the use of sUAS, drones, for collection, editing, mapping and commercially related uses of remotely collected digital imagery.

Prerequisite: GIS-551 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

GIS-580  Geospatial Information Systems Practicum I (formerly GEOG-080)  

2 Units (LEC 8-9, LBE 72-81)

This course offers students an opportunity to access advanced practical geospatial information instruction on the use of GIS software and hardware, improve their conceptual and technical GIS skills, and work one-on-one with an instructor, instructional aide or GIS tutor. Although the GIS Practicum is recommended for students enrolled in GIS courses, students enrolled in related disciplines may also benefit from this lab course. (formerly GEOG-080)

Transfers to CSU only