Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow you to analyze and manage spatial data in all forms and at multiple scales, providing important context and analysis for projects of all types. Gain an overview and working knowledge of GIS in this hands-on workshop. Learn about terms and concepts, available systems, data sources, and design and policy decisions that must be addressed prior to implementation. Practice basic analysis workflows and data management in common GIS software, including ArcGIS. Gain practical knowledge to incorporate field data, summarize both vector and raster overlays, and make informative maps that can be used in resource decision-making settings. This course is recommended for students who have limited or no GIS experience and those who intend to take GIS for Watershed Analysis: Intermediate.