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Introduction to GIS

What is geographic information system (GIS) and how is it used to create and interact with maps and data sources? This powerful computer system can be used to create “smart” maps and provide robust analytical tools as a means of solving problems and answering questions related to location-related data and information. It is used for countless different applications for everything from disaster management to market research analysis. GIS is a well-established technology in a rapidly growing field referred to as geospatial technologies, which encompasses many types of methods and techniques for the collection, analysis, modeling, and visualization of geospatial data. GIS skills are in demand for jobs related to engineering, planning, utilities, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, natural resources and business. For that reason, GIS and location intelligence applications can be the foundation for many location-enabled services that rely on analysis and visualization. 

 GIS applications are tools that allow you to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations. This session will include discussion of basic concepts of GIS along with hands-on exercises using ESRI’s ArcGIS software. This workshop also serves as a preview of GIS 101: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, a 3 credit, fully transferable, academic class that is offered at Delta College.

Recommended: Basic computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Operating Systems/Software.


  • Explain, discuss and describe the basic concepts and components of GIS
  • Learn how to query and manipulate spatial and attribute data
  • Practice joining and mapping tabular data
  • Explore applications of GIS to visualize, identify, and analyze information, questions and problems from a spatial perspective

Schedule & Cost

Date: TBD
Time: Friday; 9-11am
Location: Delta College Main Campus 

Cost: $49
Course Number: CVX-1090

Instructor Spotlight

Monika Moore possess a Master's degree in Geography with a graduate minor in Geographic Information Science, and she has been teaching Geography classes for 9 years. She worked with GIS while completing her graduate work on earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has used it as a teaching tool in the classroom.

Andrew Huddy is finishing his dissertation in Geography, and is currently working with GIS in researching spatial aspects of land use change in rural Michigan. He has been teaching Geography classes for 14 years. He also has extensive experience using GIS in planning and infrastructure analysis for various government and private sector positions. 

Anne Elias is a librarian and adjunct faculty at Delta College, who recently earned a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Science. Her graduate work in GIS focused on spatial analysis of tornado touchdowns in Michigan. She has been at Delta College for 11 years and previously worked in a variety of occupations, including as a Cartographic Technician and a Geographic Specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau.


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