Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science (GISc)
Geographic Information Science (GISc) is a fast-growing computer technology field involving mapping and analysis of spatial data. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable us to assess and manage existing conditions and also help predict future conditions, ranging from monitoring disease occurrences, to endangered species preservation, to managing water supplies, to tracking real estate values, to crime solving.
GIS is used today in fields as diverse as law enforcement, marketing, economic development, public health administration, environmental analysis, ecology, urban planning, real estate, government, education, geology, anthropology, and archaeology. GISc is an expanding field with good career opportunities, and GIS professionals are in high demand in many fields. People with GIS skills can also be more marketable as managers and analysts in their own fields. A Certificate in GISc can be advantageous by itself or in augmenting a bachelor's or associate's degree.
The Certificate in GISc consists of a sequence of 4 courses, equaling 14 credits, plus one 3-credit Geography elective course, for a total of 17 credits:
GEP 504: Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis (3 credits);
GEP 505: Principles of Geographic Information Science (GISc) (3 credits);
GEP 605: Special Topics in GISc (4 credits);
GEP 690: Workshop in GISc Research (4 credits); and a Geography elective (3 credits).
Last modified: 5/10/2013