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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geography


Geographic Information Science Certificate

Educational Objectives: Provide students from a variety of disciplines both the theoretical and practical competencies to be able to develop and manage Geographic Information projects and to be able to interpret and implement GIS as a decision support system. Students from geography, geology, biology, planning, marketing and management, political science, history, coastal studies, and history are in the current inventory of undergraduates who enroll in existing geographic information science courses. The proposed certificate program packages existing courses to enhance basic and applied research capacity at the undergraduate level and to provide improved visibility for these highly marketable research skills.

Catalog Description: This certificate is designed and presented to students who seek the theoretical and technological competencies needed to develop and manage projects that involve geographic data in a wide variety of disciplines. Students must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. Each student must complete GEOG 3410, 3420, 3430, and 3450. Students must complete one of the following: GEOG 3460, GEOG 4410, GEOG 4420, GEOG 4430, and PLAN 3051.

Admission and Retention Standards: A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required for admission and the student must maintain a B, 3.0 average, in the certificate courses to remain in the program and receive the GIS Certificate.

For more information or an application form contact the Certificate Coordinator: Dr. Thomas Crawford

Requirements: A minimum of 15 s.h. as follows:

Required core:

GEOG 3410 —
Fundamentals of GIS
Foundations for understanding and using GIS. Emphasis on creation, visualization, and analysis of geographically referenced data. Important concepts surveyed and applied through hands-on experience.
GEOG 3420 —
Remote Sensing I
Provides a basic understanding of digital image data and the tools required to process, analyze, and interpret digital images.
GEOG 3430 —
Geographic Information
Systems I
Introduction to computer-based decision support systems involving the integration of spatially referenced data in a problem solving context. Concepts and application of GIS including data capture, storage, analysis and display.
GEOG 3450 —
Introduction to GPS
Techniques for spatial referencing via a satellite-based navigation system.
Choose One:
GEOG 3460 —GIS Applications ProgrammingIntroduces GIS applications design, development, and deployment.
GEOG 4410 —
Advanced Cartographic Design & Production
Continued application of the theory and techniques from GEOG 3410 to advanced mapping techniques such as animation, Internet mapping and producing publication quality maps.
GEOG 4420 —
Remote Sensing II
Interpretation of environmental phenomena remotely sensed data by sensors on board of aircraft and satellites. Emphasis on learning the digital image processingfrom a remote sensing prospective.
GEOG 4430 —Geographic Information
Systems II
Advanced topics in GIS. Emphasizes the planning and execution of GIS projects.
PLAN 3051—
Introduction to GIS in Planning
Overview of principles and applications of GIS in planning.

Participating Faculty:
Thomas Crawford, Scott Curtis, Rodney Jackson, Scott Wade, and Yong Wang.

Undergraduate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science