This course is an introduction to mapping and geographical information systems (GIS). Students will acquire a good foundation about coordinate systems and projections and be able to use these appropriately. Students will use maps in paper and digital formats and learn how to read and use them. They will learn the principles of data collection and data management, how to use datasets to create maps customized to various purposes. In this very hands-on class, we primarily use ArcGIS and we also explore some of the Google applications. Most of the labs are Yukon-centric and will provide concrete examples. At the end of term, students will be able to collect and download datasets, organize them in a simple database and create thematic maps.