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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Course Descriptions

GEOG 8000 GIS Fundamentals (4.5 CEU)

This course serves as the introductory session within the three-course Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program. The course is designed to provide the following fundamental skills/knowledge within the GIS discipline: geospatial concepts, raster vs. vector data collection, GIS-specific terminology, tour ArcGIS and other software platforms, satellite driven data collection, common tools and operations within GIS software, and industry trends. Approval of Capstone project methodology will occur in this course.

GEOG 8010 Introduction to Map Design (4.5 CEU)

The ability to take raw data, manipulate it, and ultimately share it in a concise manner is critical to all organizations. This course explores the basic requirements for making thoughtful and useful maps. Focus will be placed on cartographic methods used in both paper maps and digital reconstructions. Discussion will focus on alternative methods for map making in a digital age. Prerequisite: GEOG 8000.

GEOG 8020 GIS and Decision Making (4.5 CEU)

The ultimate responsibilities of any GIS analyst or technician are to safeguard data collection and produce GIS outputs that help an organization make better decisions. This course explores the fundamentals of GIS and the understanding of how these tools create intuitive maps or applications. Case studies and best practices within current industries are considered. The course focuses on the analysis of GIS data and how business outcomes are derived with the assistance of GIS technology. There will also be dedicated time and guidance provided to the student in order to complete the Capstone project. Prerequisites: GEOG 8000 & GEOG 8010.