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

In-class exercises

Using web services (2 KB)
Build a web map using maps, features, or rasters hosted on the internet.

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

Interoperability, Part 2
Building a GIS-based gameboard.

Interoperability, Part 1
City Beautiful Again: The painted dinosaurs of Harrisburg.

Lab assignments

Visibility analysis

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

ArcGIS Online and Story Maps

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




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

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