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The Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

A grade point average of 2.5 must be earned for courses required for the certificate. A grade of at least "C" must be earned in each course of the certificate program.

7 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Introduction to essential geographic problem solving techniques which include: data collection, analysis, and presentation of spatial information. Techniques include map measurement and interpretation, aerial photo analysis, field observations with GPS, introductory geographic information systems, computer cartography, summary of numerical data, elementary probability, distributions, and introduction to statistical inference. This is an inductory tools course for students majoring in geography, the natural and earth sciences, and in such applied fields as planning and recreation. Several software analysis packages are introduced. 3 hours lecture. (015867)
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.
Introduction to the compilation, design, and production of thematic maps. Emphasis is on maps as communication devices. 3 hours lecture. (003880)
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or MATH 105 or equivalent.
Introduction to quantitative analysis of spatial data using single and two sample inference, analysis of variance, correlation, multiple regression, analysis of co-variance, experimental design, repeated measures, nonparametric procedures, categorical data analysis, clustering/classification, and principal components analysis. Examples are drawn from geographical themes in economics, demography, politics, planning, natural and earth sciences. Statistical packages are introduced. 3 hours lecture. (003881)
Prerequisites: GEOG 219.
An introduction to the theory, techniques, data acquisition, processing, and presentation of imagery acquired through aerial photographic and satellite means of remote sensing. Application of basic skills of aerial photographic interpretation and satellite digital image processing and analysis to physical and cultural geographic phenomena. 3 hours lecture. (003941)
Prerequisites: GEOG 219 or equivalent.
This course provides an introduction to topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The course will combine a conceptual discussion of topics with practical exercises using microcomputer software. Both the theory and practice of GIS analysis will be presented. 3 hours lecture. (003883)
Prerequisites: GEOG 313.
Cartographic data entry, manipulation, and analysis in a computer mapping environment. Emphasis is on geographic information processing. 3 hours lecture. (003932)
Prerequisites: GEOG 315 and GEOG 319.
This course is an in-depth examination of technical issues, emerging developments, and advanced spatial analysis within GIS and science. Topics include data structures, database design considerations, UML modeling, geoprocessing, Python programming, WebGIS mapping, and spatial problem solving. Focus on all available GIS data models but with particular focus on object-oriented, vector, and raster based GIS analysis. Students collaborate to design, develop, and present a GIS pilot study. They apply GIS theory and techniques to solve problems in land and resource management, utilities, and municipal government. Covers all stages of a GIS project: planning, design, analysis, and presentation. 2 hours lecture, 1 hour activity. (003942)
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