Skip to main content

Course Descriptions

GEOG 8000: Thinking Spatially – The Fundamentals of GIS (1.2 CEU – 6 Weeks)

GIS is a lot of fun, and it will inspire you to appreciate how mapping is embedded into our society and how the process of collecting accurate, informative geospatial data can dictate major business decisions or determine the fate of your favorite crop of produce.  GIS technology also inspires rewarding and challenging careers, which are often rooted in other disciplines and rarely have "GIS" in the job title.  This course introduces the basic principles and software associated with geographic information systems (GIS) technology.  It will emphasize the comprehension of GIS in practice – meaning, how GIS is used as a tool within nearly every major industry on the globe.  In addition, software demos and exercises will focus on solving geospatial challenges in an effort to learn key industry standards for computerized technology, with data obtained from real sources, such as local governments, ESRI’s Living Atlas, or Federally-funded programs.

GEOG 8010: Principles of Cartography (1.2 CEU – 6 Weeks)

The ability to take raw data, analyze it, and present it in a concise manner is critical to all organizations.  Cartography expands on your Fundamentals course to explore the basic requirements for constructing thoughtful, useful production maps and digital reconstructions.  This course will introduce you to cartographic methods that help utilize geospatial data to create effective map layouts.  Additionally, you’ll learn the techniques modern cartographers use to symbolize and display data, including advanced methods in labeling and annotation.  Since modern map making is now accomplished online, you will also begin your exposure into the online digital mapping environment. Prerequisite: GEOG 8000.

GEOG 8020: Online Mapping – Introduction to Web GIS (1.2 CEU - 6 Weeks)

Technology is rapidly changing how businesses transact, governments legislate, and people interact.  The GIS industry is no stranger to this as well.  Increasingly, organizations are moving their geospatial data online, allowing for a more rapid approach to analysis and data collection.  Gone are the days of printing a large-scale paper map and taking it with you out into the field to "markup" the document and then go back into the office to add those edits into a database!  Mobile phones and tablets are changing the world and making collecting and distributing GIS datasets in real-time possible.  This course focuses on the basics of web mapping and how to integrate online data layers into the desktop environment. Prerequisites: GEOG 8000 & GEOG 8010.

GEOG 8030: Advanced Web GIS (1.2 CEU - 6 Weeks)

Technology also provides for the ability to analyze data in the cloud.  Because so many organizations choose to do business online, the GIS industry has, in turn, developed a streamlined approach for analyzing and displaying that geospatial data.  From global pandemics to being counted in the Census, GIS plays a vital role in online data collection.  This course expands upon your knowledge of web mapping and focuses on analyzing large datasets in the cloud.  The course also introduces you to collecting data in the field using mobile devices. Prerequisites: GEOG 8000, GEOG 8010, & GEOG 8020. 

GEOG 8040: Field Data Collection (1.2 CEU - 6 Weeks)

The prevalence of online mapping applications has led to the increased use of mobile data collection by many industries.  Over the past decade, GIS professionals have had to learn new methods, tools, and schemas built specifically for mobile field data collection.  This course will provide you with the current methods for effectively collecting data in the field and integrating that data with your GIS architecture, whether it be an Enterprise system or an all-online structure.  Additionally, this course will allow you to get out in the field and collect data using the myriad of mobile devices at our disposal, as well as complete the technical foundation necessary for you to complete your Capstone Project research. Prerequisites: GEOG 8000, GEOG 8010, GEOG 8020 & GEOG 8030. 

GEOG 8050: Independent Research: Capstone Project (1.2 CEU - 6 Weeks)

The last critical component in understanding the fundamentals of GIS is the process through which a project is completed within our discipline.  As a technology-centered presence in nearly all business sectors, GIS outputs are generated with a set of strategies that are tailored for the business environment.  This course reviews those strategies and provides information on best-practices within our field.  The course also focuses on what comes next; you’ve graduated with a Certificate, now let’s focus on your next actions in order to enhance your current occupation or to make this discipline a career in the future.  Additionally, this course provides the time and instructional resources to finish your guided Capstone Project and present this original work to your peers and faculty. Prerequisites: GEOG 8000, GEOG 8010, GEOG 8020, GEOG 8030 & GEOG 8040. 


Get Started Today

Take the first step! Complete the form below to receive more information about the GIS program at CSUB.