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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • 7.5 credits

Geographic information systems GIS and geospatial data are incorporated in almost all aspects of our daily lives.

The intersection of geospatial and non-geospatial information provides goods and services to society as well as allows us to tackle complex issues due to changes in our climate and landscape. For example, the public sector uses GIS to plan train commutes, track forest fires and follow algae blooms while the private sector use GIS to create background scenes in video games, virtual walkthroughs of apartments and to track parcels. Scientists can, for example, leverage GIS to quantify impacts of sea level rise on coastal cities, estimate carbon storage at global scales and to evaluate ecosystem health.

The course is a elective component of the Bachelor's Programme in Earth Science, Distance Learning, 180 credits and it can also be taken as an individual course.

  • Course structure

    This is a distance course that will teach the fundamentals of GIS. Through this course, the student will learn the basics of data management and analysis of geospatial data with the program ArcGIS. The course is structured around literature, exercises and independent project work. GIS theories are provided through the textbook and is used to support the exercise methods and analyses while the project work will allow the student to apply the gathered knowledge to solve an emerging real-world problem.


    • Fundamental GIS Methods, 3.5 credits
    • GIS Theory, 2 credits
    • Advanced GIS Applications, 2 credits

    Teaching format

    The course is given only as a distance learning course. The teaching consists of web-based teaching and independent project work.

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. If you have not received information about registration you can contact the student office directly. 

    Student office (Registration questions) 
    Lena Åkerblom

    Study counsellor
    Elisabeth Sturesson

    Course responsible
    Spring term 2020
    Marika Wennbom

    Autumn term 2020
    Norris Lam