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Course Descriptions

*The GIS certificate is made up of 4 courses to be taken over 2 semesters.  Two 8-week courses per semester complete this certficate.*

GEOG 335: Advanced Spatial Analysis (3 units):

Develops conceptual and practical skills in selecting and applying spatial analysis tools using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics include measuring aspects of geometric features and identifying spatial patterns of geospatial objects represented as points, lines, networks, areal data, and 3-D surfaces. Advanced cartographic techniques are applied to analysis products for visualization and discussion.

GEOG 430 GeoVisualization (3 units):

Introduces principles of cartography and geographic visualization. Includes overviews of the relevant software and current trends in information technology (e.g. interface design, animation, multimedia, sound, multivariate displays, 3D, etc.). Introduces cognitive factors important to the design of cartographic animation and hypermedia.

GEOG 431 Remote Sensing (3 units):

Introduces the concepts and techniques of remote sensing including how remote sensing data are acquired, displayed, restored, enhanced, and analyzed. Presents methods and techniques for obtaining and integrating with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) quantitative and qualitative geospatial information from aerial and satellite images, maps, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

GEOG 435 Programming for GIS (3 units):

Capstone experience focused on completion of a real world project showing understanding of the basic tenets of GIS and application of geo-spatial analysis to demonstrate competency in spatial decision- making as well as demonstrate the ability to recognize, analyze and address ethical issues in geographic information science, technology and research methods.