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Learning GIS

Resources for learning GIS concepts and tools, including ESRI's ArcGIS products, and QGIS.

Spatial Analysis Certificate

A 12-credit graduate level Spatial Analysis Certificate is available. Information about this program is at http://seas.umich.edu/academics/grad_cert​

Departments Offering GIS Courses

Full Semester Intro Courses

Two graduate level courses and one undergraduate level course are offered at least once a year that provide a good foundation in GIS, and specifically use ArcGIS software. Check the registrar's schedules of classes for specific course times and semesters:

SEAS 531 - Intro to Geographic Information Systems

URP 520 - Intro to Geographic Information Systems

  • This 3-credit course is typically offered in fall and winter terms, and is sometimes offered in the spring (short) term.
  • The current Urban and Regional Planning course list links to specific semester information
  • Taught by faculty or lecturers in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

EARTH 480 / ENVIRON 403 - Introduction to GIS in the Earth Sciences

  • Course information for Winter 2017 is at https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/nathan-a-niemi/teaching/earth-408---intro-gis-in-earth-sciences

ENVIRON 309 - GIS Explorations of the Past, Present, and Future

  • This 3-credit course for undergraduates is typically offered in fall and winter terms
  • Taught by faculty or lecturers in the School for Environment and Sustainability

Departments that offer courses that make use of GIS principles and software include:

School for Sustainability and Environment (SEAS)

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (formerly Dept of Geology)

School of Kinesiology

School of Public Health

College of Engineering (IOE)