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Requirements for the certificate: (18 credit minimum)

This program is designed to address the growing demand for GIS-trained personnel in business, government, education, health care, and numerous other settings. The field encompasses integrated hardware, software, and database systems that are capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographical information. Upon completion of the certificate, students may be eligible to apply for an additional professional certification in GIS administrated by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).

Introduction to GIS
Students focus on the theory and application of GIS technology by combining classroom lessons with laboratory assignments. Requirement may be fulfilled by completing one of the following courses:

  • GISC 200 Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 250 Introduction to GIS and Cartography
  • EESC/GEOL 205 Computer Applications in Environmental Science and Geology

Intermediate GIS
Students develop hands-on skills using industry-standard GIS software to complete assignments in urban infrastructure management, environmental modeling, and many other areas, while also learning about GIS as an analytical research tool. Requirement may be fulfilled by completing the following course:

  • GISC 351 Spatial Analysis, Data Models, and Modeling
  • GEOG 351 Spatial Analysis with GIS

Programming in GIS
This course teaches the fundamental concepts of scripting/programming in the ArcGIS application. Students will be introduced to the methods employed in the ArcGIS libraries and a relevant programming language. Students will develop custom applications and solutions that extend core ArcGIS functionality augmenting their capability and the capability of the ArcGIS application. Topics include GIS programming environment, programming syntax and styles, interface customization and a variety of GIS routines and functions that can be assembled through programming. While there is no programming prerequisite for this class students are strongly urged to take at least one computer science programming course, such as python, JAVA or C++ prior to taking this class.  While the course assumes no experience as the course title states programing is a large component of the course.

  • GISC 450 GIS programming

GIS Elective
Students focus their program by choosing to complete at least one of the following courses:

  • GEOG 340 Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation
  • GEOG 355 Mobile Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems
  • GISC 440 Application of Spatial Statistics and Models in GIS
  • GISC 460 Designing Geodatabases
  • GISC 471 Special Topics
  • GISC 482 Web GIS: Concepts and Applications

Capstone Experience
Students complete the program by completing a faculty supervised internship or independent study. To fulfill this requirement, students must register for one of the following courses:

  • GISC 491 Directed Study in GIS
    To register for this course students must make an appointment to see Dr. Rizzo. He will provide the necessary form, explain how the form should be filled out and discuss the objectives and requirements of the course. Once the form is completed, students must return the form to the Registrar.
  • GISC 499 Internship in GIS
    (Download the Independent Study and Internship Guidelines for the GISc Certificate Program in pdf format)

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