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Geographic Information Science Software
The faculty and staff at Georgia College have been working hard to develop state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities for Geographic Information Science (GISc).  Student instruction is provided at Office of Information Technology classrooms, fitted with IMacs running dual processors to support a Windows XP operating system.  Students have access to GISc software at the Innovation Station , located on the first floor of the Ina Dillard Russell Library.  These installations support the following GISc software:

Georgia College is supported by the University System of Georgia site licensing arrangements for GISc software.  The ESRI site license is managed by the Information Technology Outreach Services at the University of Georgia, and the Leica site license is maintained by the College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology.  For more information, please refer to the web page GIS Software at GC.


Hardware and Material Resources

Students and faculty also have access to a growing collection of advanced geographic hardware and instrumentation, including:

  • Geoscope mirror stereoscopes
  • Sokkia MS-27 Professional Mirror stereoscope
  • CST/Berger 20X Speed Line Level & Transit-Level
  • Trimble M3 Total Station
  • Garmin Montana 610 receivers
  • Garmin GPS Map 76Cx receivers
  • Garmin Etrek GPS receivers
  • Trimble GeoXM receiver and data logger
  • Calcomp Drawing Board III
  • Epson GT-15000 large format scanner
  • HP Photosmart Pro B9180 photographic printer
  • Dell Inspiron 9300 portable computer
  • HP DesignJet 1055cm Plus plotter

The GISc courses at GC utilize an instructional method known as Problem-Based Learning, which encourages students to pose problems and then solve them using the methods delivered in class lectures.  The instructor works with the students to build knowledge and craft solutions, but the overall direction and conclusions of the project belongs to the student.  A collection of some of the student projects demonstrates the method, and several of these projects directly serve the local community.   In fact, the GC Geographic Research Commons has served over 20 different local entities and agencies in their needs.  The local research projects outline the important contributions of Georgia College to the surrounding region.



Geographic Information Science Courses
The science of Geographic Information is a rapidly developing academic field which supports a tremendous variety of geographic fields.  An essential tool in the discipline is a Geographic Information System (GIS), which uses computer hardware and software to allow users to develop, analyze, and display spatial data.  A GIS is more than a map-making tool; it is a spatial database that permits very advanced spatial analysis and modeling.  Often it is used in conjunction with remote sensing software, which is used to display and analyze photographic and satellite imagery.

The foundations of Geographic Information Science (GISc) at Georgia College are introduced in a three-course series:

  • GEOG 2100: Introduction to Geospatial Science
  • GEOG 3100: Introduction to Geographic Information
  • GEOG 4100: Advanced Geographic Information

and developed further in these courses:

  • ENSC 3800: Geographic Information Science & Landscape Ecology
  • GEOG 4105: Spatial Data Management
  • GEOG 4110: Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 4110: Computer Cartography


Geographic Information Science Web Links
Geographic Information Science is a rapidly growing field which offers incredible opportunities.  To learn more, please visit the essential web links below, and take some time to examine a more complete collection of web resources in GISc.


Geographic Research Commons
Campus Box 120 | Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone (478) 445-7379 | Fax (478) 445-5837
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