Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Department of Geography-Earth Science
Shippensburg University


GIS is a STEM discipline. The purpose of GIS 3 is to provide students with a capstone, project-based experience in the Geographic Information Science & Technology arena. It is designed to help students advance their understandings and skills with geospatial data and technology – it is not for beginners. GIS 3 serves as one of six courses that can be used to satisfy the elective requirement of the undergraduate GIS Letter of Program and it is a required course for Geography majors following the GIS track.

Course pack


Weekly calendars

GIS3 Capstone Projects

Lab assignments

Interoperability revisited

GIS3_Lab_GNSS_UAS_FA2018.pdf and
Integrating multiple forms of geotechnology to highlight current site and situation conditions at the Hornbaker Wetland.
Saturday collect and Monday collect (each is 1.2 GB zipped).

Visibility analysis

GIS3_Lab_LanduseVisibility.pdf and
Learning advanced terrain analysis techniques to evaluate an unsightly land use issue.

Geocoding: A business applicaton of GIS

GIS3_Lab_Geocoding.pdf and
A business application that involves parsing text strings, geocoding addresses, and performing date-a analysis.

ArcGIS Online and Story Maps

What is ArcGIS Online and what kind of story do you want to tell?


In-class exercises

What have you accomplished?

ArcNews_Spring2018.pdf and ShipGEO_GIS_37skills.pdf
Some advice about how to communicate competencies and accomplishments in your resume.

Story mapping (31 MB)
A follow-up exercise to our drone/GNSS/GIS lab exercise.

GNSS and datetime fields revisited (< 1 MB)
Look at them go!

Spatial thinking, Part 2 (26 MB)
Thinking about how you think about spatial data and questions.

Spatial thinking, Part 1 (35 MB)
Thinking about how you think about spatial data and questions.

Spatial modeling (36 MB)
Transforming a word problem into a spatial model and terrain analysis (revisted).

ArcGIS Online
Putting our geocoding results online.

From the Lead-in-water-crisis at Flint, MI.

Video: Here's how Flint's water crisis happened
A workflow for coercing text-based street addresses into map features.


About Pennsylvania's “clearly, plainly, and palpably” gerrymandered map

City Beautiful Again: The painted dinosaurs of Harrisburg.



Scott A. Drzyzga, Ph.D., GISP
Department of Geography-Earth Science
Center for Land Use & Sustainability
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257

CV: current