GIS Related Classes at Stanford
Aeronautics and Astronautics
- AA 272C. Global Positioning Systems — The principles of satellite navigation using GPS. Positioning techniques using code tracking, single and dual frequency, carrier aiding, and use of differential GPS for improved accuracy and integrity. Use of differential carrier techniques for attitude determination and precision position determination. Prerequisite: familiarity with matrix algebra and MatLab (or another mathematical programming language).
3 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year
- ANTHRO 98B/298B. Digital Methods in Archaeology — (Graduate students register for 298B.) This is a course on digital technologies in archaeology used for documentation, visualization, and analysis of archaeological spaces and objects. Emphasizes hands-on approaches to image manipulation, virtual reality, GIS, CAD, and photogrammetry modeling methods.
3–5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Rick, J.)
- ANTHRO 116/216. Quantitative Analysis in Archaeological & Anthropological Research — (Graduate students register for 216.) This course allows graduate and advanced undergraduate students in archaeology and anthropology to acquire practical skills in quantitative data analysis. Some familiarity with basic statistical methods is useful but not assumed; the structure of the course will be flexible enough to accommodate a range of student expertise and interests. Topics covered include: statistics and graphics in R; database design, resampling methods, diversity measures, contingency table analysis, and introductory methods in spatial analysis.
5 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Robertson, I.)
- ANTHRO 126 / URBANST 114. Cities in Comparative Perspective — Core course for Urban Studies majors. The city as interdisciplinary object. Discourses about cities such as the projects, practices, plans, representations, and sensibilities that combine to create what people know about urban spaces. Local, national, and transnational spatial scales. Conversations across regional boundaries; geographies of difference. Case studies.
5 units, Fall 2010–2011 school year (Ebron, P.)
- ANTHRO 130D/230D / POLISCI 241S . Spatial Approaches to Social Science —
This multidisciplinary course combines different approaches to how GIS and spatial tools can be applied in social science research. We take a collaborative, project oriented approach to bring together technical expertise and substantive applications from several social science disciplines. The course aims to integrate tools, methods, and current debates in social science research and will enable students to engage in critical spatial research and a multidisciplinary dialogue around geographic space.
5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Engel, C. and Rodden, J.)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 169. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Design — Application of fluid mechanics, hydrology, water resources, environmental sciences, and engineering economy fundamentals to the design of a system addressing a complex problem of water in the natural and constructed environment. Problem changes each year, generally drawn from a challenge confronting the University or a local community. Student teams prepare proposals, progress reports, oral presentations, and a final design report. Prerequisite: senior in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering; 166B.
5 units, Spring 2010 (Freyberg, D.), alternate years
- CLASSGEN 138. Modern Journeys in Ancient Lands: Building a Spatial History of the Grand Tour — Touring the ancient sites of Italy was an educational rite of passage for 18th-century British elites. Where did Grand Tourists travel? How did the places visited and people encountered affect them, and shape our own vision of the ancient world? Analysis of the literary, geographic, and ideological landscapes of the Grand Tour through focus on primary sources (archival and published) and modern geoanalytical tools (from Google Earth to GIS) to create dynamic visualizations reflecting current theoretical and historical approaches.
Winter 2011 (Ceserani, G.)
- EE 140. The Earth From Space: Introduction to Remote Sensing — (Formerly GEOPHYS 140.) Global change science as viewed using space remote sensing technology. Global warming, ozone depletion, the hydrologic and carbon cycles, topographic mapping, and surface deformation. Physical concepts in remote sensing. EM waves and geophysical information. Sensors studied: optical, near and thermal IR, active and passive microwave.
3 units, to be offered in Winter 2012 (Zebker, H.)
Geological and Environmental Sciences
- EARTHSYS 144/EESS 164. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — Survey of geographic information including maps, satellite imagery, and census data, approaches to spatial data, and tools for integrating and examining spatially-explicit data. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts of geographic information science and associated technologies. Topics include geographic data structure, cartography, remotely sensed data, statistical analysis of geographic data, spatial analysis, map design, and geographic information system software. Computer lab assignments.
4 units, Fall 2013 school year (Carbajales, P.)
- EARTHSYS 127/EESS 122. GIS for good: Applications of GIS for International Development and Humanitarian Assistance — This service-learning course exposes students to geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool for exploring alternative solutions to complex environmental and humanitarian issues in the international arena. The project-based, interdisciplinary structure of this class gives primary emphasis to the use of GIS for field data collection, mapping, analysis and visualization that allows for multi-criteria assessment of community development. Those with no prior GIS experience will be required to take an introductory GIS workshop hosted by the Geospatial Center in Branner Library during the first two weeks of class.
3-4 units, Spring 2014 school year (Cacho, M.; Carbajales, P.; Gaulocher, S.; Hsu, K.)
- GES 142. Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover — (Same as
EARTHSYS 142/242.) Emphasis is on terrestrial changes. Topics include pre-processing data, biophysical properties of vegetation observable by satellite, accuracy assessment of maps derived from remote sensing, and methodologies to detect changes such as urbanization, deforestation, vegetation health, and wildfires.
4 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Lambin, E.)
- GES 161. Statistical Methods for the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Geostatistics — Statistical analysis and graphical display of data, common distribution models, sampling, and regression. The variogram as a tool for modeling spatial correlation; variogram estimation and modeling; introduction to spatial mapping and prediction with kriging; integration of remote sensing and other ancillary information using co-kriging models; spatial uncertainty; introduction to geostatistical software applied to large environmental, climatological, and reservoir engineering databases; emphasis is on practical use of geostatistical tools.
3–4 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year
- GES/ERE 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena — (Same as ENERGY 240.) Probabilistic modeling of spatial and/or time dependent phenomena. Kriging and cokriging for gridding and spatial interpolation. Integration of heterogeneous sources of information. Stochastic imaging of reservoir/field heterogeneities. Introduction to GSLIB software. Case studies from the oil and mining industry and environmental sciences. Prerequisites: introductory calculus and linear algebra, STATS 116, GES 161 or equivalent.
3–4 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Journel, A.)
- GEOPHYS 141/241. Remote Sensing of the Oceans — How to observe and interpret physical and biological
changes in the oceans using satellite technologies. Topics: principles of satellite remote sensing, classes of satellite remote sensors, converting radiometric data into biological and physical quantities, sensor calibration and validation, interpreting large-scale oceanographic features.
3 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Arrigo, K.)
- HISTORY 401A. Spatial History: Concepts, Methods, Problems — Focus is on exploring the use (and abuse) of geography and spatial concepts in historical research. There will be skill development in the use of basic GIS and cartography. Identify an historical question amenable to geographical analysis and explore the use of geospatial techniques and spatial concepts to answer it.
4–5 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Frank, Z.)
- POLISCI 241S / ANTHRO 130D/230D. Spatial Approaches to Social Science — This multidisciplinary course combines different approaches to how GIS and spatial tools can be applied in social science research. We take a collaborative, project oriented approach to bring together technical expertise and substantive applications from several social science disciplines. The course aims to integrate tools, methods, and current debates in social science research and will enable students to engage in critical spatial research and a multidisciplinary dialogue around geographic space.
5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Engel, C. and Rodden, J.)
GIS Tutorials and Other Courses
- — Self-paced on-line courses cover a variety of topics related to GIS science, GIS technology, and GIS applications.
- Google Fusion Tables Tutorials — Basic step-by-step tutorials from Stanford University.
- Google Earth Outreach — Online tutorials in Google Earth, Google Maps, and Fusion Tables from the Google Earth Outreach Team.
- ArcGIS Desktop Introduction — Basic tutorial from University of Arkansas.
- GIS Core Curriculum for Technical Programs — NCGIA, Over 50 units of technical instruction
- Tufts GIS Tip Sheets — Numerous tip sheets for GIS technical support.
- OpenGeo Education Center — Community created and supported training and workshops for Open Source GIS software and data.
- Digital repository of the ELOGeo Project — Digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material about open geospatial data, software and standards.
- Onlinecourses.com — Free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.
- TeachGIS.org — This site, created by instructors and for instructors, is designed to support our educational community of practice. And have fun while we’re at it!
Remote Sensing Tutorials
- ENVI Tutorials — A variety of step-by-step guides covering topics ranging from getting started with ENVI to classification tools to programming with IDL.
- Remote Sensing Tutorial — A comprehensive introduction to Remote Sensing developed by NASA.
- GPS Resources from ASAP Motors
- Trimble GPS Tutorial
- An Introduction to GNSS
- A Practical Guide to GPS by Dave Bartlett
- GPS Basics — from the FAA Navigation Services Website
- GPS Revolution for automobiles — Basic introduction to the history of GPS and focus on its use for navigation purposes.
Local Courses in the Bay Area
- Geospatial Innovation Facility at UC Berkeley
- San Francisco State University — College of Extended Learning
- San Francisco State University — GIS Certificate Program
- City College of San Francisco
- Foothill College
- San Jose State University
GIS Tutorial Data on Local Hard Drives
The following tutorial data is accessible on the GIS machines:
- Mastering GIS Tutorial
- ENVI Tutorial Data
- 3D Analyst
- Data Interoperability
- Database Servers
- Geostatistical Analyst
- GP Service Examples
- Linear Referencing
- Network Analyst
- Parcel Editing
- Spatial Analyst
- SQL Examples
- Tracking Analyst