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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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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-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.