This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS): a combination of the hardware, software, and community involved in the collection, distribution, visualization, and analysis of spatial data. The concepts and theories that underpin GIS are often referred to as Geographic Information Science, and the course surveys this groundwork. We also will cover the tools and spatial analysis techniques available to you in GIS software, specifically ArcGIS, GeoDa, and other open source software packages (such as QGIS).