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GIS and Spatial Analysis

Planners increasingly make use of a wide variety of planning tools and technologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, urban visualization and simulation software, forecasting methods, and other interactive information techniques.

This specialization prepares students to understand and use these tools, with special emphasis on their applications to decision-making in urban planning and policy analysis.

Curriculum (4 courses are required to complete the specialization)

Intro Course (required)

  • URP 569 GIS Applications

Methods Course (required)

  • URP 601 Advanced GIS Applications

Elective Courses (minimum two)

  • URP 571 3D Visualization and Urban Simulation
  • URP 602 Environment Planning Support Systems
  • CIE 539 Travel Demand Forecasting
  • CIE 631 Transportation Network Analysis
  • DMS 532 Programming Graphics
  • DMS 541 Advanced 3d Modeling
  • GEO 506 Geographical Information Systems
  • GEO 507 Location Theory
  • GEO 520 Transportation and Spatial Information
  • GEO 550 Intro to Graduate Cartography
  • GEO 551 Cartography and Geographic Visualization
  • GEO 553 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 554 Network and Location Analysis
  • GEO 559 GIS for Environmental Modeling
  • GEO 574 Transportation and Land Use Modeling
  • GEO 575 Landscape Modeling with GIS
  • GEO 577 Environmental Statistics
  • GEO 593 Dynamic Modeling of Human & Environmental Systems
  • GEO 595 Database Design for Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 597 Geostatistics
  • GEO 605 Spatial Statistics
  • GEO 653 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEO 774 Seminar in Land Use Analysis
  • MGS 613 Database Management Systems

Culminating Exercise:

As part of the requirement for graduation with an MUP, students seeking a specialization must prepare a professional project or at thesis related to that specialization.  In rare cases, students may believe that they are unable to fit their specialization topic into the professional project.  If so, they must still complete the professional project, but must consult with their Specialization Director about an additional class (most likely independent study) through which to demonstrate synthetic knowledge of the specialization.  This may be done only with the Specialization Director’s approval.  

Specialization Director:

Li Yin