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Programming for Applications in Geomatics, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science


Programming skills are becoming increasingly important. We offer this course in basic programming targeting students in Geomatics, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Sciences. No prior knowledge of programming is required.

Course content

The course is divided into three modules:

  • The first module covers basic programming concepts like variables, conditionals (if statements), loops, and functions. The programming language is Matlab.
  • In the second module the object oriented programming language Python is used. Data types, data Structures, objects and inheritance are introduced and you get further training in the concepts introduced in the first module.
  • The third module consists of a larger project where you as a student can choose a project focusing either on GIS or modelling.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of lectures, practical exercises and a larger project. The main focus is on practical programming training.


Course coordinator

Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Autumn, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: Second cycle "Matematik D" or equivalent, General admission requirements and 90 ECTS in science or technology subjects, out of which at least 15 ECTS are in GIS.

Course syllabus( pdf, 220 kb, new window)