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GIS Capstone Project

Knowing how to design and execute a research project using GIS is critical to your success as a GIS analyst, as is your ability to present your research findings effectively and for a variety of audiences.

In this hands-on GIS capstone course, you will complete an individual guided research project and report, applying the knowledge and skills you learned in the four prerequisite GIS courses. You will begin the course by proposing a project, then you will complete the project according to your proposed research design, and finally you will present your resulting analysis. Throughout the course, you will also learn basic project management techniques.

Topics include:

  • Creating a project outline, including objectives and process flow diagram
  • Using ArcGIS to interpret and draw conclusions from spatial data
  • Presenting project results with visualizations of key conclusions

Practical experience:

  • Comprehensive GIS project, including proposal, outline, and presentation

Course typically offered: Online in Fall and Spring

Software: Students will use ArcGIS by ESRI in this course; the instructor will provide license information on the start date of the course and there is no additional cost. A computer with a native Windows operating system is required to run ArcGIS; the software will not work properly on a Mac computer, even if you have configured your system to dual-boot or otherwise run Windows.

Prerequisites: Completion of GIS I, GIS II, GIS III, and GIS IV required.

Next Steps: Upon completion of this course, consider taking additional courses in data science to continue learning.

Contact: For more information about this course, please contact unex-techdata@ucsd.edu.


  • COURSE NUMBER  ECE-40272
  • CREDIT  3.00 unit(s)


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