Geographic information systems (GIS) consist of computer hardware, software, data, and people that is used to capture, manage, analyze, display, and distribute all forms of geographically referenced information. Effective use of GIS has evolved into a requisite skill in most academic research, as well as for agencies in both the public and private sectors. Undergraduate students from such varied disciplines as geography, atmospheric science, biology, engineering, economics, urban planning, landscape architecture, and sociology benefit from applying GIS and related technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, spatial statistics, and computer programming to input, analyze, model, and display (map) location-based data. As such, it has found wide applications in the sciences and engineering, as well as in business, government, military, and consumer areas.
The certificate program is designed to provide undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly expanding field of GIScience or apply GIScience concepts in their own field of study.
Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in courses taken in the certificate program. A student pursuing the certificate can take no longer than 7 years to pursue the certificate unless a leave of absence or other extenuating circumstances are present.
To complete the certificate, 14 credit hours must be completed within 7 academic years. Among them 8 credit hours are from two required core GIS courses and additional 6 credit hours are from electives. Only one course outside of the department can be included in these 14 credit hours.
Courses may be waived in consultation with the Director if the student can demonstrate satisfactory completion of similar coursework. If transfer courses are to be used to meet program requirements, the student must furnish the program director with a certified university transcript and, in some instances, a copy of the class syllabus. A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be used to meet program requirements.
|Core Geographic Information Systems Courses (16)||8|
|GEOG 358||Principles of Geographic Information Systems||4|
|GEOG 558||Intermediate Geographical Information Systems||4|
|Elective courses (6)||6|
|Geographic Information Systems|
|Topics in Techniques: _____|
|Topics in Geospatial Technologies: _____|
|Geographic Information Science|
|Computer Programming for Mapping and Spatial Analysis|
|GIS Application Programming|
|Introductory Cartography and Geovisualization|
|Advanced Cartography and Geovisualization|
|Advanced Topics in Geovisualization: _____|
|Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data|
|Applied Multivariate Analysis in Geography|
|Remote Sensing of Environment I|
|Remote Sensing of Environment II|
|Geographic Information Systems focused internship or independent study|
|Special Topics in Geography: _____|
|Geographic Information Systems application courses from other departments (EEB, Geology, Urban Planning, SPAA, EVRN, Business, and Engineering)|