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Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fundamentals

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fundamentals

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Required (9 units)
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Essential GIS Skills

This course introduces both the “how” and “why” of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Using hands-on exercises, you will receive step-by step instructions to accomplish a wide range of real-world tasks such as making maps, and creating and editing data from various sources. The course combines an understanding of basic GIS concepts with practical skills using the ArcGIS platform, specifically WebGIS, Online GIS, ArcGIS Pro, spatial analysis and geoprocessing tools, Mobile GIS, and Apps. Software and tutorials provided.

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3 units

Principles of Web GIS Applications

Web GIS is a promising field with great applicability to government, business, and our daily life. This course aims to teach students the state-of-the-art Web GIS technologies including ArcGIS Online, Cloud GIS, ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal and Server), smart mapping, story maps, web app templates, Web AppBuilder, Operations Dashboard, online analysis, ArcGIS API for JavaScript, Collector and other mobile GIS apps, and 3D web scenes. Drones, real-time GIS, internet of things, and big data technologies will also be discussed in the context of Web GIS.

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3 units

GIS Applications Lab

This course explores the tools in ArcGIS to develop and implement GIS projects from conception to finished product. Topics include database creation, data analysis, geodatabase and spatial analysis concepts. Databases from local agencies are integrated into the course for analysis and to provide hands-on practice with real-world applications.

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3 units

Elective (3 units)
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Cartographic Design

One of the first things requested after an analysis is made with a geographic information system (GIS) is a map. This course is an in-depth study of cartographic techniques and methods employed in the creation of maps. Map design and content, design procedures, and production techniques are discussed. The course involves students in color selection, the use of text with maps, and the creation of a "visual hierarchy" to assist the map reader getting the best out of the map. Thematic and general mapping with the use of GIS data are explored. Cartographic design strategies for both printed maps and web maps are discussed.

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3 units

Python Scripting for GIS

An introduction to the syntax and fundamentals of Python followed by an extensive study of the ArcPy site package and how it can be used to automate and streamline workflows in ArcGIS Desktop.

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3 units

GIS Data Capture Using GPS Technology

Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and associated software programs are becoming a standard method of collecting data for use in GIS. This intensive and hands-on course provides an introduction to GPS and examines basic signal structure, error and accuracy issues. Additional topics include data correction techniques, geodesy, data collection techniques, and GPS to GIS applications. For geographers, GIS project managers, field technicians and others involved in data capture for GIS.

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3 units

Creating a GIS for Health Data

An introduction to GIS and how to query, analyze, geoprocess and visualize health data in order to reveal spatial and temporal patterns in disease morbidity and mortality data. This class will provide a comprehensive overview of GIS, including the major components of hardware, software, data, and the identification of skills need to implement a successful and effective Health GIS.  By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding for the historical background of Medical Mapping/use of maps in Epidemiology; use and apply GIS to public health issues in order to spatially and temporally analyze data; join and relate spatial/nonspatial health data to feature classes for further analyses; query, identify and select features by attribute/location using tools and scripts; create and edit GIS files (shapefiles and geodatabase) and work with various data types (spatial and nonspatial); learn where to acquire publicly available GIS files and health-related data for analyses (e.g. Federal or Local Health Agencies; Census Bureau; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Health Organization); and plan, analyze, summarize and present on a public health issue.  

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3 units

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