GSP 370 Syllabus

A picture of Nicolas MalloyAuthor: Nicolas R. Malloy

Welcome to Intermediate Geographic Information Science!

GSP Curriculum FlowchartThe Intermediate Geographic Information Science course serves as a bridge between the highly structured, lower division, Geographic Information Science (GSP 270) course, and the highly self-reliant format of the upper division courses, including Advance Geographic Information Science (GSP 470) and Spatial Modeling (GSP 570). It has an applied focus, with students completing a geospatial research project from start to finish. Deliverables include a written proposal, a written report, and a communication and design element in the form of a web-based story map.

Course Format: GSP 370 is offered in both16-week and 8-week sections. Undergraduate students may register for the Online 16-week section. Graduate students and working professionals interested in the HSU Geospatial Certificate may register for the 8-week Online section through the College of eLearning and Extended Education.
Expected Work Load: The expected workload at Humboldt State University is calculated at 3 hours per week for each unit in a standard 16-week course.
  • For the 16-week online or hybrid course, this amounts to 9 hours per week.
  • For the online 8-week course, this amounts to 18 hours per week.
Credit: 3 units
An image of the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Competency Model

U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Competency Model


The course content focuses on the academic, workplace, and industry sector competencies outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model, including:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Core Geospatial Abilities and Knowledge
  • Working with Tools & Technology
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Critical & Analytical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Positioning & Data Acquisition
  • Analysis & Modeling

An image of Nick Malloy and Students working with a Trimble GPSThis course includes components related to field work and data collection.  The hallmark of this course is a geospatial research and mapping project that you will plan and execute from start to finish.

Navigating the Course Syllabus

This course syllabus provides students with detailed information about the course components and formats, such as grading methods, course policies, instructional videos, and the course calendar. While reading, students can navigate through pages in this using the numbered pagination links at the bottom, or by using the menu system located on the right.