Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Use data to create maps and other visualizations

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  • Credit hours: 18
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: GIS technician, GIS analyst/programmer, cartographer, remote sensing technician/analyst

Get an overview of geographic information systems with this 18-credit-hour certificate program. Geospatial technology is a high-growth industry, and this program will teach you how to effectively apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies and methodologies to various business and public sector domains.

You’ll receive hands-on experience in cartographic design, spatial analysis, database design and implementation. Additionally, you’ll learn how to use geographic computing devices and accessories. After graduation, you’ll be qualified to seek entry-level employment as an analyst or technician.

Take courses in business software packages, database systems, GIS and mapping principles, applications for GIS and more. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are extremely knowledgeable in the GIS field.

Certificate program requirement

This 18 credit-hour certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies and methodologies in various business and public sector domains as a technician or analyst. This certificate provides course work and hands-on experience in cartographic design, spatial analysis, spatial database design, the fundamentals of remote sensing, as well as the use of geographic computing devices and accessories.

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
GEG 150 3

Description: Provides an introduction to geospatial technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing through hands-on computer based exercises. The essential principles of map use and design, and spatial analysis are also included in this course. Fundamental desktop computer skills assumed. IAI S4 905

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101 ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 151 3

Description: Introduces the concepts and problem solving capabilities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Spatial data sourcing and management will be learned using information acquired in the field or from other sources. Spatial analysis concepts will be introduced through hands-on exercises using GIS software.

Prerequisite: GEG 150 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 152 3

Description: Continues GEG 151. Emphasizes the practical application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to solve problems and answer questions. Increases level of proficiency using GIS and performing spatial analysis of data. Introduces GIS operational and management issues.

Prerequisite: GEG 151 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 153 3

Description: Consolidates the concepts and techniques acquired through prior coursework within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate. Students will analyze case studies, understand GIS as a professional field, and apply GIS methods and workflows in classroom projects.

Prerequisite: GEG 152 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 154 3

Description: Provides an introduction to remote sensing of the Earth. Topics include the physical principles upon which remote sensing is based; history and future directions; sensors and their characteristics; image data sources; image classification, interpretation and analysis techniques; and the integration of workflow outputs into GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Prerequisite: GEG 150 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

Electives: Select three credit hours from the following courses:

Number Course Title Credits
CIS 106 1 3

Description: Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to computer programming using a currently popular programming language. Includes program logic, program structure, subroutines/functions/methods, variables, conditions, loops, arrays, files/data access, and object-oriented programming. A variety of programs are created throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Math placement in MTH 101 or higher. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 100 3

Description: Surveys the contemporary topics of human geography; population, migration, language, religion, ethnicity, and political, economic and urban geography. Teaches the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. IAI S4 900N

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101 ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 101 3

Description: Introduces a thematic or regional approach to the basic concepts of how world regions are constructed or classified. Uses spatial analysis of both traditional and digital maps factors to explore and assess how regions evolve, change over time, and are classified. Explores both developed and undeveloped regions connecting both human and physical geographical factors shaping and defining the classification of regions and interrelationships between them. IAI S4 906

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101 ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 103 3

Description: Examines the regions of the world conventionally called “developing” or “emerging,” including the spatial patterns of physical and cultural elements that impart unique identities within these regions using both digital and traditional maps to explore complex geopolitical relations and/or international conflicts among developing regions of the world. IAI S4 902N

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 111 3

Description: Examines the spatial distribution of elements of Earth’s four physical spheres: the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and the biosphere including landforms, climates, weather, vegetation, and soils. Consideration is given to the causes of these distributions and to their effects on human populations. IAI P1 909

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

GEG 155 1-3

Description: Provides a structured work experience in a supervised setting using GIS or other geospatial technologies. Students are exposed to the technical and managerial issues faced by a geospatial technician or analyst. Students prepare a written report at the end of the assignment.

Prerequisite: GEG 150 with a grade of C or better, and consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

1 - Placement into MTH 101 or higher.

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Next steps

To learn more on potential careers or coursework, contact the Geography Department.

For more information about GIS courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.