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Classroom Offerings at Reston 2 Center

  • NOVA students are employed by federal and county governments, private industry and non-profits. Many GIS students hold baccalaureate or higher degrees.
  • NOVA faculty have diverse backgrounds including work with military, intelligence, other government agencies and private industry. 
  • NOVA uses state-of-the-art software (e.g., ESRI ArcGIS, ITT ENVI, and IDRISI) and hardware.
  • Software is available offsite via broadband connection through NOVA's Citrix server. Additional details are provided in class.

GIS 101: Basics of Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to spatial thinking, in which students apply geographic concepts using computerized tools.

GIS 200: Geographic Information Systems I

Hands-on introduction to the components of a GIS and its functionality. Emphasizes manipulation of data for the purpose of analysis, presentation and decision-making. Also available through distance learning (ELI). (ITE 115 or Instructor permission required)

GIS 201: Geographic Information Systems II

Continuation of GIS 200, with emphasis on more advanced topics in problem solving, decision-making, modeling, programming and data management. Covers map projections and data formats. (GIS 200 required)

GIS 205: 3-Dimensional Analysis

Introduction to advanced geo-spatial analysis techniques. Specific topics include surface analysis, 3-D spatial analysis, raster analysis, spatial interpolation and modeling geoprocessing workflows. (GIS 201 required)

GIS 255: Intro to Remote Sensing

An introduction to the technologies and methods of acquiring and analyzing data collected by a variety of platforms. Students use ENVI software to process and manipulate imagery in a hands-on approach to remote sensing analysis. (GIS 201 required)

GIS 203: Studies in Cartography for GIS 

An introduction to the art, science and technology of map making. Students learn to compile and present data, considering projections, file formats, data generalization, classification and representation in developing maps. Practical experience with both printed and computer maps. (GIS 201 required)

GIS 290: GIS Internship

The GIS internship is an opportunity for NOVA students who have completed all of the GIS core courses and demonstrated proficiency to gain real-world GIS experience. Internships are flexible and built to accommodate student’s educational and professional development while making a significant contribution to the sponsoring institution.