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Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Required (18 units)
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Practical Approaches for Implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Overview of the history, fundamentals, and techniques of the GIS industry and the basic implementation issues for business and governmental entities.  Main topics include: GIS strategy in needs assessments, business processes, application development, database specifications, and project definitions.  GIS software will be used hands-on to demonstrate practical solutions to real-world problems.

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3 units

GIS Database Design

GIS database design is an iterative process that includes a conceptual design phase, logical design phase and physical design phase. This course introduces the goals and industry tools available for planning and implementing each phase. Physical design is emphasized using the ESRI Geodatabase. Geodatabase architecture is discussed and a variety of geodatabase behaviors, such as domains, subtypes, annotation, topology and relationship classes, is explored.

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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

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

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

Geoprocessing and Analysis (formerly: Introduction to Spatial Analysis)

This course provides a general survey of available quantitative methods for spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will learn about the functionality of GIS as an effective tool to model and analyze complex spatial relationships. Fundamental and theoretical components of spatial information for building topological relationships among spatial features and multiple map layers are examined. Quantitative methods for pattern analysis and problem solving are discussed. Models and techniques for surface analysis, such as krigging, smoothing, filtering, inverse distance weighting, and distance-decay, are presented in the context of real world problem solving approaches. Students acquire hands-on experiences with practical applications using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst, and are prepared for similar applications in Geostatistical Analyst.

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3 units

Elective (6 units)
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Using GIS in Crime Analysis

Declining resources allocated to law enforcement agencies have stimulated new ways of looking at criminal activity and resource allocation. New developments in both software and hardware have made it possible for law enforcement agencies to benefit from GIS. This course provides students with an overview of the fundamentals of GIS, the necessary hardware and software elements, data sources, and implementation strategies. Demonstrations, hands-on computer practice and class discussions highlight the benefits of GIS in tactical, strategic and administrative crime analysis. Covers use of GIS to discover crime series and patterns, allocate resources and produce information helpful in decision-making.

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1.5 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

Remote Sensing: Space Imagery and Processing

Remotely sensed imagery is often used as the basis for the creation or update of data layers within a geographic information system (GIS). This course provides participants with the information necessary to evaluate the appropriateness of using remotely sensed imagery within a GIS. Topics include data acquisition, photographic techniques, satellite imaging and image interpretation. Includes hands-on use of computers and the Internet to further illustrate the various principles and application of remote sensing. This course is designed for GIS practitioners and others who need to fully understand the advantages and limitations of remotely sensed data.

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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

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