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Course Links
ES118:  Environment and Society
ES212: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
ES233: Environental Policy
ES336:  Endangered Species Policy and Practice
ES493:  Environmental Policy Practicum
Course Projects
State of Maine:  An Environmental Assessment
Atlas of Maine

Course Summary

212: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing. A comprehensive theoretical and practical introduction to the fundamental principles of geographic information systems and remote sensing digital image processing. Topics include data sources and models, map scales and projections, spatial analysis, elementary satellite image interpretation and manipulation, and global positioning systems. Current issues and applications of GIS are discussed with emphasis on environmental topics. Students develop and carry out independent projects using GIS. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

See below for example of student course projects and what ES212 graduates are doing.

Atlas of Maine and course projects (select year)

Course Information

Syllabus (pdf)

Course Readings

- From Library electronic reserves

- From Colby fileserver using Windows machine

  • From start menu select RUN...
  • Type: \\fileserver1
  • If prompted, enter your username and password (note: you may need to type @colby.edu after your username, as in "pjnyhus@colby.edu". Click OK.
  • Select the Academics folder
  • Select the ENVS folder
  • Select the appropriate course folder and contents

- From Colby fileserver using Mac OSX click here


- See directions above to access fileserver1


- See directions above to access fileserver1

Atlas of Maine

The Atlas of Maine is a series of maps developed by students in Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing, an interdisciplinary course in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College. The goal of this activity is to develop a series of maps highlighting the unique human and natural resources of Maine. The Atlas maps emphasize "visual" GIS. Student research proejcts emphasize "analytical" GIS click. Click a link below to see the Atlas of Maine projects.

ES212 graduates using GIS

Many students have gone on to use GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis after they graduate from this course to complete independent studies or honors theses, as part of internships and jobs, and as part of their graduate study. I enjoy hearing from former students using GIS or similar technologies! Below please find a few examples (please feel free to email me so I can add your name or update your projects!):

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Philip Nyhus, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies Program, Colby College 5358 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine, 04901 USA
T: 207-859-5358; F: 207-859-5229; Email: pjnyhus@colby.edu
Last Modified: June 10, 2009