Master of Urban Planning

Geographic Information Systems & Analysis

Use of geographic information systems (GIS) has become prevalent in public, private and non-profit organizations. Planning professionals are often required to have at least the basic facility in GIS technology and related applications (e.g., remote sensing, global positioning systems – GPS, internet mapping, visualization techniques, spatial statistics). The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers two GIS courses that designed to help students become literate and informed GIS users (UP 418, GIS for Planners, and UP 519, Information Management & Spatial Analysis with GIS).

Students wishing to obtain more advanced expertise in GIS and related spatial technologies and analytical methods, should take additional electives in addition to the two foundational GIS courses. Selection of specific electives should be done carefully to build out expertise in recognized areas of GIS and analysis. The following summarizes options and suggested sample coursework. Be advised that access to some courses below may be restricted or may require prerequisites.

Area of Expertise Number Course
Basic Facility with GIS
UP 418
UP 519
GIS for Planners
Advanced Applications of GIS
Database Systems
& Design
UP 494-GP
CS 400
CS 411
CS 425
LIS 501
Planning Support Systems
Data Structures, Non-CS Majors
Database Systems
Distributed Systems
Information Organization & Access
Programming CS110 Programming Laboratory (several sections)*
Spatial Analysis GEOG 371
GEOG 570
Spatial Analysis
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Modeling UP 542
UP 585
GEOG 469
IE 413
Landscape Modeling
Advanced Modeling in Planning
Spatial Ecosystem Modeling
Other Relevant
GEOG 460
GEOG 473
GEOG 477
GEOG 478
LIS 351
LIS 453
LIS 503
PSYC 358
PSYC 429
Analysis & Interpretation of Aerial Photography
Map Compilation & Construction
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Techniques of Remote Sensing
Design Info Interfaces
Systems Analysis & Management
Use & Users of Information
Human Factors
Human Comp Interaction Lab
* Note that courses below the 400 level do not count toward your MUP total unit requirement.

Professional Certification

Undertaking the suggested coursework above is only the beginning in building your GIS expertise and experience. Becoming a GIS expert takes years to achieve. See the GIS Certification Institute's web site for more information on the educational and professional background required to become certified in GIS.