GIS Comes to TAMIU
Geographic Information System (GIS) services are the cutting edge of
today's technology and Texas A&M International University is offering
a new course this fall, Survey of Geographic Information Technologies.
The first half of the course will be taught from a geosciences perspective
by Dr. Ken Tobin, assistant professor, while the second half will be taught
from a social science perspective by Dr. Kimberly Folse, associate professor.
"GIS involves more than creating maps on a computer; it is an information
system that has the potential to create knowledge. It combines map layers
of information about a geographical place to provide a better understanding
of that place. Which layers of information you combine depends on your
purpose," said Dr. Folse.
According to Dr. Folse, occupations such as city planning can implement
GIS to find the best location for a new building, non-profit organizations
can target selected populations, police can view similar crimes in a city
to detect patterns, and so on.
"It is certain this will be a necessary skill in the 21st century,"
added Dr. Folse, "As knowledge and skill in GIS is rapidly becoming
indispensable in today's world, this course will be the first of what
will ultimately become a minor."
Graduate students can enroll in this course through Special Studies
in Sociology and the prerequisite courses in sociology will be waived.
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(This story by Student Intern Rudy Zúñiga).
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