Categories & Courses

GIS Fundamentals

The courses in GIS Fundamentals module provide students with knowledge, i.e. theory and skills for continuation of Graduate Studies in the GIS Cluster. The courses listed in this category have no prerequisites. This category includes but is not limited to:

  1. An understanding of projections and transformations;
  2. The development of basic skill with a GIS software package;
  3. An understanding of a systematic process for the development of a GIS, i.e. “The Systematic Approach to Information Systems Development”;
  4. Fundamental concepts for spatial analysis (either cellular, vector or both), and
  5. An understanding of metadata, scale, relative vs. absolute spatial accuracy, and the timeliness of GIS data.

Geomatics (Measurements, Data Organization, And Reliability)

GEO is a prefix for earth, and MATICS suggest the practical application of information and mathematics. Additionally, Geomatics is complementary to many other disciplines, which use GIS and spatial analysis techniques.  Therefore, courses in the Geomatics module cover basic mapping principles necessary for an understanding of “DATA BUILDING” activities previously known as surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, digital mapping and land information systems (LIS).

Geomatics uses the measurement and mapping sciences such as land measurement, digital mapping, remote sensing, satellite positioning to design and populate a useable spatially referenced data set for appropriate spatial analysis by a specified user community.


Spatially referenced information may be analyzed in many more ways than non-spatial data because spatial organization adds many attributes to each datum. A wide range of analytical philosophies and techniques has been developed to:

  1. Describe spatial structure and patterns;
  2. Model spatial processes;
  3. Test hypotheses based upon spatial organization or correlation;
  4. Interpolate measurements over fields;
  5. Estimate and predict outcomes of changing conditions.

GIS users must understand the applications and assumptions of existing methods, and must be able to learn new methods as they are developed. The courses listed in this category have statistics prerequisites normally required as part of the graduate students’ departmental curriculum.

Remote Sensing And Image Processing Fundamentals

Remote sensing involves the gathering of information about an object or objects without having physical contact with the object. Ears and eyes are examples of natural sensors that have remote sensing capabilities. As a result of scientific research and development, remote sensing systems are being built today for ground-based, airborne-based, and satellite-based platforms. The goal of these efforts is to provide a more rapid and comprehensive picture of the object being studied. The remotely sensed images provide data to the computer, which are digitally compatible with computer software developed for interpreting physical meaning on the earth surface.

GIS practitioners should realize a fact that remotely sensed images provide a more rapid comprehensive overview of the earth surface information in a given area.

Spatial Analysis, Modeling And Decision Support

The courses in the spatial analysis/modeling module will present advanced spatial analysis. The course is intended to present students with procedures to answer spatial analysis questions. Students will be required to complete a final project and to describe that project in a project paper. The courses listed in this category have no prerequisites required. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  1. Spatial overlay;
  2. Suitability surface development and costpath analysis;
  3. Project design and interface modification;
  4. Network analysis — routing;
  5. Demographic or environmental analysis;
    1. Project presentation;
    2. Model development and programming;
  6. Hydrologic modeling;
  7. Decision support and advanced applications

Course List

AOM5431GIS and Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesGIS Fundamentals1FallEvery 2
GIS5107CGeographic Information Systems in ResearchGIS Fundamentals1Fall/SpringAnnualBinford/Mao alternate
SWS6722Soil-Landscape ModelingGIS Fundamentals1SpringEvery 2
URP6270Survey of Planning (Spatial) Information SystemsGIS Fundamentals1Fall/
GEO6161Intermediate Quantitative Methods for
GEO6166Advanced Quantitative Methods for Spatial
GIS6116Geographic Information Systems AnalysisGeostatistics3SpringAnnualAbd-Elrahman/;
URP6272Advanced Planning Information Systems (Spatial Statistics)Geostatistics3Contact
ABE6037CRemote Sensing in HydrologyRemote Sensing & Image Processing Fundamentals4FallContact
SUR5386Image Processing for Remote SensingRemote Sensing & Image Processing
GIS5038CRemote SensingRemote Sensing & Image Processing Fundamentals4FallAnnualBinford/Southworth alternate;
SUR5385Remote Sensing ApplicationsRemote Sensing & Image Processing
SUR6375Terrain Analysis and MappingRemote Sensing & Image Processing Fundamentals4SpringEvery 2
ABE6035Advanced Remote Sensing: Science and SensorsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5FallContact
ANG6267Anthropology, Geographic Information System, and Human EcosystemsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
AOM5435Advanced Precision AgricultureSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5FallEvery 2
EES6028Spatial Modeling Using Geographic Information SystemsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
FOR5435Forest Information SystemsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Summer
GIS5306Geographic Information Systems Applications in Environmental SystemsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
GEO6930Geospatial NetworksSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5FallAnnualMaoliangmao@ufl.ed
GEO6938Selected Topics in GeographySpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
GIS6425CGIS Models for Public HealthSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision
SUR5425Cadastral Information SystemsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
SUR6626GIS Programming and CustomizationSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision
SWS5721CGIS in Land Resource ManagementSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision
URP6271Planning Information SystemsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
URP6276Internet Geographic Information SystemsSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision
URP6341Urban and Planning ProjectSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
URP69053D Geospatial Urban Modeling and Visual SimulationSpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision Support5Contact
WIS6468CPattern and Process in Landscape EcologySpatial Analysis, modeling & Decision