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The Geospatial Information Technologies Center offers a variety of Academic opportunities. The GIT Program is a signature program at Delta State. With flexible programs there are many routs our students can take to complete their education.

GAI Certificate Program

The Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence (GAI) Certificate program is an intensive, 21 credit-hour program of study open to all students. Students are provided with basic and then advanced skills in remote sensing, GIS, analytics, programming, spatial data management, and intelligence analysis. The full program of study is available both on-campus and online. The GAI Certificate course of study may also be used as an 18 credit-hour academic minor (without the GIS 411 course requirement) when incorporated into another major program of study and forms the foundation for the GIT concentration for the Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Level 1

Introduction to Cartography
(GIS 200)

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Science
(GIS 202)

Level 2

 Advanced GIS
(GIS 310)

 Remote Sensing
(REM 316)

(any GIS or REM course)

Level 3

Techniques in Intel. Analysis
(GIS 411)

GIS Capstone Project
(GIS 490)

Course Title



Computerized Maps and Cartography GIS 200 3
Introduction to Geospatial Science and Tech (GIS I) GIS 202 3
Digital Image Processing I GIS 211 3
Fundamental Techniques in Surveying GIS 241 3
Advanced Geospatial Science & Technology (GIS II) GIS 310 3
Case Studies in GEOINT GIS 341 3
The Law & Surveying GIS 351 3
Topographic Mapping GIS 391 3
Advanced Surveying GIS 401 3
Structured Analytic Techniques for Intel. Analysis GIS 411 3
Trends in Spatial Technologies GIS 421 2
Geospatial Mathematics, Algorithms & Statistics GIS 461 3
Programming GIS GIS 470 3
Internet GIS & Spatial Databases GIS 480 3
GIS Internship GIS 490 3
Introduction to Remote Sensing REM 316 3
Information Extraction using Microwave Data REM 421 3
Information Extraction using Spectral Data REM 431 3

The Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies offers a variety of undergraduate degree program options. These include:

Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies

The Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies (MAS-GIT) program is a designated “Signature Program” at Delta State University. Geospatial information technologies are innovative approaches that government agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations increasingly employ to understand problems and make informed decisions. The Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies pool their academic and professional resources and expertise in remote sensing and GIS to offer this graduate program.

Geospatial Primer
GIS 100
A broad, elementary introduction to geospatial technology and its applications. Topics directed toward individuals who (at least initially) do not intend to specialize in substantial further coursework or hands-on activity in the field.
3 Hours

Computerized Maps and Cartography 
GIS 200
Presented as an introductory- level course, students will explore spatial technologies through cartography. Students will explore scale, projections, coordinate systems, layout styles, color ramps, font selection, generalization, symbol selection and similar concepts through review of existing map products and the opportunity to create their own maps. Students will learn about the history of maps and their impact as visualization tools to influence governance/ decision making, public opinion(maps in the news), and online-based mapping technologies.
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

Introduction to Geospatial Science and Technology
GIS 202
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of spatial science and technology using the scientific method as a learning gateway. Fundamental concepts include geodesy, coordinate systems and projections, basic computer science, inductive/deductive reasoning skills, data structures, hypothesis development and testing, map reading, land navigation, and GIS software skills. Practical exercises using GIS software, GPS, and map reading skills will reinforce theoretical discussions. Satisfies the General Education Lab Science requirement for non-science majors.
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

Digital Image Processing
GIS 211
The art and science of digital image processing of satellite and aircraft-derived remotely-sensed data for resource management, including how to extract biophysical information from remote sensor data for almost all multidisciplinary land-based environmental projects, is presented. Includes the fundamental principles of digital image processing applied to remotely sensed data.
3 Hours

Aerial Photographic Interpretation
GIS 221
Introduction to the principles and techniques utilized to interpret aerial photography. Emphasis is on interpreting analog photographs visually in a range of application areas; also includes an introduction to acquiring and analyzing aerial photographic data digitally.
3 Hours

Photogrammetry I
GIS 231
Provides the fundamental principles of photogrammetry. Topics introduced include a review of photogrammetry developments and processes, methods for obtaining aerial photographs including cameras and camera calibration, image coordinate measurement and refinement, correction of lens distortion, principal point offset, atmospheric refraction Earth curvature distortion scale and relief displacement in vertical and tilted photographs.
3 Hours

Fundamental Techniques in Surveying
GIS 241
Fundamentals of surveying, including geodesy, ellipsoids, coordinate systems, projections and the use of surveying instruments such as RTK GPS.
3 Hours

Advanced Geospatial Science & Technology (GIS II)
GIS 310
Advanced geospatial science and technology theory and skills. Topics include GIS planning and management, workflow management, systems architecture, data conflation/deflation/ manipulation, 3-D surface generation and analysis, intermediate-level spatial analysis techniques, and network design and analysis. Software skills development will accompany each lecture topic.
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

Digital Image Processing II
GIS 311
Advances in science and technology in aerial and satellite image processing and pattern recognition are presented.
3 Hours

GIS and Community
GIS 320
This course focuses on the utilization of Geographic Information Systems for resolving socio-economic issues, with a focus on public involvement and participation.
3 Hours

Case Studies in GEOINT
GIS 341
Case studies in contemporary applications of geospatial intelligence and analysis.
3 Hours

The Law and Surveying
GIS 351
The legal aspects of surveying, to include cadastral surveys, deeds, COGO, topology, and similar techniques.
3 Hours

Geospatial Data Synthesis and Modeling
GIS 361
Detailed conceptual and analytical methods, and the knowledge to support synthesis and modeling of Geospatial data in the solution of scientific and policy problems.
3 Hours

Decision Support Systems
GIS 371
The course contains information about Decision Support Systems (DSS) from a general data processing point of view. The major components of the course are divided into three major sections: elements of decision analysis, evaluation of multiple criteria, alternative, and decision rules, and evaluation of outcomes and alternatives.
3 Hours

Community Growth
GIS 381
The use of remote sensing and GIS technologies to facilitate urban planning and infrastructure development for community growth. Students are expected to gain an understanding about the use of GIS and allied technologies with respect to understanding census/demographic data, municipal needs (roadways/tax mapping/sewer/water/electric/police/fire/EMS/Emergency Management), the interdependencies of infrastructure elements, and basic principles for urban/municipal planning.
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

Topographic Mapping
GIS 391
Students will learn to read, interpret, create, and publish topographic map products in accordance with current USGS standards. This includes the production of detailed marginalia, Geo-PDF formats, and the use of production editing and mapping tools to achieve a standardized map products at multiple scales and print sizes.
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

Advanced Surveying
GIS 401
This course provides advanced analysis methods and techniques including LIDAR, OPUS, multi-unit networks, and automated/UAS survey techniques.
3 Hours

Structured Analytic Techniques for Intel. Analysis 
GIS 411 
Structured analytic techniques for intelligence analysis is a detailed exploration of intelligence capture and analysis techniques. Study of Big Data, Unstructured data analysis, sense-making loops and similar techniques for data discovery and hypothesis generation.
3 Hours

Trends in Spatial Technologies
GIS 421
Contemporary trends in geospatial technologies.
2 Hours

Photogrammetry II
GIS 431
Advanced photogrammetric systems for production of highly accurate digital map products and three-dimensional representations for use and modeling.
3 Hours

Artificial Intelligence and Geoprocessing
GIS 441
The artificial intelligence theory, principles and applications specific to geospatial processing and analysis in the files of both remote sensing and geographic information systems.
3 Hours

Business Geographics
GIS 451
Key concepts in the field of business geographics, including motivation for using geospatial technology in business applications, the different geographic data sets available for use by business analysts, and modeling of spatial data for business applications.
3 Hours

Geospatial Mathematics, Algorithms, and Statistics
GIS 461
This is a geostatistics and geo-mathematics course, presenting the underlying principles and theory of GIS operations (raster, vector, or other data models), such as surface analysis, interpolation, network analysis, path optimization, topology, etc.
3 Hours

Programming GIS
GIS 470
Programming GIS, GIS 470. This course is intended as an in-depth look at computer programming within Geographic Information Systems. The focus will be on GIS programming and methodology, utilizing practical GIS software skills and basic scientific computing skills. Software skills development will accompany each lecture topic.
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

Internet GIS and Spatial Databases
GIS 480
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how Internet GIS and spatial databases work and help them develop the skills requisite for success in this field. Software skills development will accompany each lecture topic
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

GIS Internship
GIS 490
This is a variable hour course. Students will learn how to give a technical presentation, manage GIS projects, and perform deadline-sensitive work through a cooperative education or research program performed at their place of work, with a designated sponsor or through the Center. Students will be expected to meet/discuss progress and lessons learned with the instructor on a regular basis, maintain a journal of activities and hours worked, and prepare and deliver final project presentation and written report.
4 Hours

Introduction to Remote Sensing
REM 316
Students will learn the fundamentals of remote sensing, including the principles of electromagnetic radiation, wave theory, the concept of a blackbody, how energy interacts with the atmosphere and terrestrial objects, and the principles of feature/object identification based upon spectral properties. Students will use remote sensing software to develop basic skills such as ortho-rectification, color balancing, tiling imagery, and automated feature recognition (supervised and unsupervised classification). Students will be exposed to a wide range of remote sensing products and their application areas including aerial photography, hyperspectral imagery, multi-spectral imagery, LiDAR, microwave, and RADAR.
2 Lecture Hours, 1 Lab Hour: 3 Hours

Information Extraction Using Microwave Data
REM 421
Presents the basic concepts, theory, and applications of microwave remote sensing. Topics include unique aspects of microwave radiation, passive microwave, fundamental principles of microwave (active), synthetic aperture radar, backscatter principles and models, interferometry, phase relationships, processing radar data. Environmental influences on radar returns and applications of these principles are presented.
3 Hours

Information Extraction Using Multi-, Hyper-, and Ultra- Special Data
REM 431
This course addresses the two main components of a VNIR remote sensing study: preparation of the imagery and information extraction techniques for both multi-spectral and hyper-spectral imagery.
3 Hours

Advanced Sensor Systems and Data Collection
REM 441
The newest active and passive sensors, including advanced synthetic aperture radar, lidar, radiometers, spectrometers, microwave sounders, advanced hyperspectral sensors, and the advanced platforms which carry these sensors are presented.
3 Hours

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