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Introduction 

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)

GIS is an exciting and fast-growing field with a broad range of applications.  It is a discipline that combines cartography, spatial analysis, and dtata management.  GIS is recognized as a powerful means of dealing with information stored on maps, with many applications in resource and environmental management, business and marketing, urban and regional planning, environmental impact assessment, terrain and environment modeling, and policy assessment compliance.  The 18-credit hour certificate program gives students cutting-edge technical skills which they can immediately apply in the workplace.

Graduate students and non-degree-seeking graduate students may apply to the Graduate Certificate Program.

The department's graduate certificate program can be completed in a single year.  Classes are held in equipped Smart Classrooms on campus.  The Department maintains a dedicated GIS Lab for student use and a second Advanced GIS Lab for special GIS projects.  Classes are generally held in the evening.

In the program, students are required to complete four core courses and two electives.

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Degree Requirements 


CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

CORE PROGRAM

12 Credit Hours

GES 391: GIS I 3 cr
GES 392: GIS II 3 cr
GES 393: GIS III 3 cr
GES 442: Geographic Problems in Quantative Measurements 3 cr

ELECTIVES

TWO of the following:

  • GES 390: Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing
  • GES 416: GIS for Natural Systems Management
  • GES 417: GIS for Urban Information Systems

6 Credit Hours

TOTAL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS     

18 Credit Hours

Courses 


GIS TYPICAL COURSE SCHEDULE

(subject to revision)

FALL SEMESTER

  • GES 390: Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing
  • GES 391: GIS I
  • GES 442: Geographic Problems in Quantative Measurements

SPRING SEMESTER

  • GES 391: GIS I   
  • GES 392: GIS II
  • GES 416: GIS for Natural Systems Management

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • GES 393: GIS III
  • GES 417: Urban Information Systems

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