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GIS Certificate Requirements

The certificate will be awarded when a student passes 15 credits of the following courses. Of the 9 courses listed, 2 are required for the certificate.

Required Courses

  • Geog 385 GIS Primer (3 credits): Intro to basic concepts and applications geographic information systems (GIS), lab exercises on PC-based GIS packages. Two lectures and 2 hours of lab a week. Prereq: Basic knowledge of PC-based
  • Geog 475 Intermediate GIS (3 credits): Course covers in-depth geographic information systems models and applications. Topics include network analysis, watershed analysis, spatial interpolation, terrain mapping and analysis, 3D visualization, and GIS modeling. Students develop spatial analysis and modeling skills to solve real-world problems. Prereqs: GEOG 385 and STAT 251.

Then select from these to fulfill the certificate requirement:

  • Geog 390 Cartographic Design & Geovisualization (3 credits): Map projections, map generalization, cartographic design, map symbology, and typographic; statistical, isarithmic and multivariate mapping, static versus dynamic mapping; interactive and internet mapping; cartographic animation; 2 hrs of lab/wk. Prereq: GEOG 385 and STAT 251.
  • Geog 407/507 Spatial Analysis and Modeling (3 credits): Point Pattern Analysis, Nearest Neighbor, K-Functions, Quadrat Analysis, Spatial Autocorrelation (Moran's I, Geary's ratio, General G-statistics), Order Neighbor Analysis, Spatial Regression (creating prediction models, improving accuracy, validating and working with spatial weighted lags), Spatial Sampling Techniques/Methods, Spatial Dispersion, Spatial Diffusion, Gravity Models, Modeling in GIS, Model Builder, Weighing Layers. Applications in ArcGIS and Matlab. Additional assignments and exams required for graduate credit. Prereq: STAT 431.
  • Geog J424/J524 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing (3 credits): Concepts of area-based hydrologic modeling and assessment and the various types of spatially-distributed information commonly used in these activities, such as topographic data, vegetation cover, soils and meteorologic data. Hands-on experience in manipulating these types of data sets for hydrologic applications. Recommendation preparation: GEOG 385 and Intro to Hydrology course such as FOR 462, BAE 351, CE 315; or equivalent.
  • Geog 479 GIS Programming (3 credits): An introduction to the use of programming languages, such as Python, with standard ArcGIS concepts. Prereq: GEOG 475 or GEOG 390.
  • Geog 483/583 Remote Sensing/GIS Integration (3 credits): Concepts and tools for the processing, analysis, and interpretation of digital images from satellite and aircraft-based sensors. The integration of remotely-sensed data and the other spatial data types within Geographic Information Systems. Additional assignments and exams required for graduate credit. Prereq: FOR 472 or equivalent, and STAT 251. Coreq: GEOG 385 or equivalent.

Plus, other approved Courses, Directed Study, or Internship credits, with a maximum of 6 credits.


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