GEOG 275: Fundamentals of Geographic Data Handling

Course Syllabus:

Please check Blackboard for your Syllabus


Course Books:

Bolstad, Paul. 2008. GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems, 3rd edition. Eider Press, White Bear Lake, MN. Available from Atlas Books (
ISBN: 978-0-9717647-2-9

Montello, D.R. and P.C. Sutton. 2006. An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography. Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA.
ISBN: 1412902878


Selected Web Resources:

National Geography Standards -- Formulated by the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)

RANDOM.ORG -- A "True Random Number Service" maintained by Mads Haahr, School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin

United States Census Bureau -- Agency of the Federal Government charged with collecting and maintaining geographic and statistical data related to the Census

National Climatic Data Center -- World's largest collection of climate data

Geospatial Revolution Project -- A television program being developed by Penn State Public Broadcasting -- you can view the trailer at this link

Great Circle Calculator -- A simple web-based program to compute Great Circle distances between any two points

Compass Basics -- A comprehensive look at how to use a compass and topographic map to find your way

Careers in Surveying -- National Society of Professional Surveyors page with career information and links to other organizations

Dave's Short Trig Course -- A very thorough primer on all things trigonometric developed by David Joyce at Clark University in Worcester, MA

GPS Overview -- An exhaustive overview of the Global Positioning System, part of The Geographer's Craft website created by Peter H. Dana

Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) -- Information about the GPS enhancements made available by the Federal Aviation Administration

Wireless Network Visualization Project -- A University of Kansas based project mapping the security of wireless internet networks

What is GIS? -- A brief and informative introduction to GIS, produced by the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

ArcNEWS Online -- popular trade publication of ESRI highlighting recent developments and applications in GIScience



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