Online GIS Certificate Program

Course Offerings


GIS 100 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
This course is an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including its development, components, data types, formats and applications. It examines the processes involved in order to capture data, manipulate data, analyze date sets and display spatial data through online lectures and classroom hands-on computer experience. The use of GIS for practical “real-world” applications is emphasized. Students will be afforded the opportunity to learn about the broad applications of GIS, appreciate the usefulness of it and use it as an invaluable tool to visualize spatial patterns not otherwise visible. First course in GIS Certificate Program sequence. GIS 100 may be waived for those students with appropriate previous course work or applicable GIS experience, as determined by the program coordinator.

NOTE: All GIS 100 students will be required to take a technology competency assessment upon entering the course. Should a student score less than 70%, they will be strongly recommended to attend an available technology workshop session before continuing in the course.

GIS 200 Remote Sensing Techniques (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
Remote sensing is the science of deriving information about the earth’s land and water areas from images acquired at a distance. It usually relies upon measurement of electromagnetic energy reflected or emitted from the features of interest. Advances in detector technology, the public availability of improved datasets from new instruments and new approaches to data analysis will be presented in this course. As such, the ability to work with and interpret remote sensing data is a valuable addition to any spatial project. The emphasis in this class will be on traditional remote sensing techniques such as aerial photography and satellite imagery. However, an introduction to uses of radar, microwave, gamma ray and neutron remote sensing techniques will also be provided. Explanation of and practical applications of the global positioning system (GPS) are also covered. Prerequisites: GIS 100 and ISG 100.

GIS 300 Geospatial Capstone (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
Utilizing knowledge from the previous courses in the sequence of the GIS Certificate Program, this course will expand upon spatial analyses and include applications for GIS. Students will gather data, build an original database and construct a project including an analysis of the information gathered to solve a practical problem. Projects will be presented and stored in the form of an electronic portfolio (download example Capstone projects). Emphasis centers on hands-on training and solving practical spatial problems. Prerequisites: Successful completion of GIS 100, GIS 200, ISG 100 and ISG 200 as part of the GIS Certificate Program sequence. NOTE: Prerequisites, as listed, may be waived by the course instructor or GIS Program Coordinator if one can demonstrate the required level of competency.

ISG 100 GIS Programming (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
This course will introduce the student to computer programming. It is oriented toward Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications. Using Python, the course initially covers essential programming concepts such as how to set and use variables; how to program using sequence, selection and repetition structures; and how to write and call functions. The basics of using the ArcGIS ModelBuilder component are discussed, including exporting models to Python. Finally an introduction to writing geoprocessing scripts in Python is presented.

ISG 200 Implementing Geodatabases (4 semester hours; 1 course credit)
This course will introduce the student to the Microsoft Access database. The course initially covers essential relational database theory and normalization. Structured Query Language (SQL), a computer industry-standard syntax language for querying and manipulating a relational database, is then introduced. Next, the geodatabase model is presented including, feature classes and datasets, relationship classes and raster data. A number of case studies are presented. Finally, the student will get a hands-on introduction to building a geodatabase. Prerequisites: GIS 100 and ISG 100.

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