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Geographic Information Science

Geographic Information Science within Geography provides students with both the conceptual knowledge base and the technical skills to develop and conduct geospatial analysis and data visualization. This core area emphasizes a broad based approach to GI Science and includes courses, research and training in cartography, geographic information systems, cognitive and information science, and remote sensing. Two labs housed in the Geography Department engage in research projects in GIScience; the Spatial and map Cognition Research Lab and the InfoGraphics Lab.

The Spatial and Map Cognition Research (SMRC) Lab is located at 160 Condon Hall. Several faculty and student research projects are conducted in the Lab. In general, the focus of these projects is on human cognition, memory, and perception with application in GIS and cartography. Descriptions of the projects and participating faculty and students are included at

The InfoGraphics Lab is located in 163 Condon Hall. The InfoGraphics Lab staff work on a variety of supported projects with faculty, campus offices, and government agencies. Integration of GIS and graphic design tools with cartographic design is a focus of the Lab’s work. Projects range from the creation of major regional atlases to the development of I-Phone mapping applications. More on the Lab’s projects and staff can be found at

Four new courses to be offered in 2012-2013

The UO Curriculum Committee has approved four new courses! Undergraduate students will want to see the new Major Checklist showing course changes and the prospectus of courses for the coming year.

  • GEOG 181: Our Digital Earth. Exploring the emergence of geospatial data and technologies that are pervasive in our everyday lives and how they are shaping society.
  • GEOG 443/543: Global Migration. Explores political, economic, and sociocultural dimensions of labor migration. Topics include capitalism and colonialism; state territoriality; urbanization; globalization; race, gender, and citizenship.
  • GEOG 467/567: International Water Policy. Examines problems in water policy and governance in a global context. Draws on interdisciplinary perspectives, compares case studies, and analyzes institutions. Field trip required!
  • GEOG 486/586: Remote Sensing II. The use of digital electromagnetic data for classification, mapping, and monitoring biologic, hydrologic, atmospheric, geologic, and human processes and environmental change.