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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The GIS Certificate is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for immediate entry-level employment for persons interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and automated mapping technology.

Overview

The certificate also provides the needed upgrading and retraining of current employees in this rapidly expanding technological field.

GIS is used within the following economic sectors and organizations:

  • Business (e.g. banking, logistics, real estate, marketing, and more),
  • Government (e.g. local, state, national, military, emergency services, law enforcement, transportation, and more),
  • Education and Science (e.g. research, libraries, k-12 education, higher education, and more),
  • Environment and Conservation (e.g. ecology, parks, pollution monitoring, and more),
  • Natural Resources (e.g. agriculture, forestry, mining, non-renewable resources, renewable resources, and more), and
  • Utilities (e.g. electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water, wastewater, and more).

Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading, and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.

Degrees/Certificates

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of geographic and cartographic principles, arithmetic, reading, and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select. This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and automated mapping technology, utilizing Earth resources data satellites, aerial photography, and computerized data banks of spatial data.

REQUIRED COURSES (15 units): Units
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
  or
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
GIS 133 GIS Cartography and Base Map Development 3
GIS 134 Data Acquisition and Management 3
GIS 135 Spatial Analysis with GIS 3
GIS 136 GIS for Science, Government, and Business 3
  or
GIS 137 GIS Advanced Applications 3
 
ELECTIVE COURSES (Minimum of 4 units): Units
GEOG 100 Map Interpretation and Geospatial Analysis 3
  or
GIS 100 Map Interpretation and Geospatial Analysis 3
GIS 039 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Field Techniques 1
GIS 098 GIS Work Experience 1 - 4
GIS 222 Independent Study in Geographic Information Systems 1 - 3
 
RECOMMENDED COURSES: Units
ARCH 120 Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting 4
CIT 101 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
GEOG 110 Physical Geography 3
GEOL 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
 
Total Units 19
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Entry-level technician in the field of GIS, automated cartography (geoinformatics/geo-visualization), and remote sensing for science, government, and business applications
  2. Scanning, hand-digitizing, and collecting global positioning systems (GPS) cartographic data as a means to create a base map
  3. Entering textual and numerical information as a means to create a tabular database
  4. Integration of raster data layers, including remotely sensed imagery, and vector data layers, including points, lines, and polygons
  5. Basic GIS map analysis, including descriptive spatial statistics, inferential spatial statistics, and spatial autocorrelation

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