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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Certificate

GIS Admission Requirements

Because the program is for a professional development certificate, there is no formal application process. There are no prerequisites, though familiarity with maps or geographic concepts is recommended.

You can register for and attend individual classes or multiple classes anytime during the semester. Participants may complete the program requirements and receive a certificate of completion or attend just those classes that are of particular interest.

GIS Curriculum

The GIS Certificate is a Professional Development Certificate, and courses carry CEUs, nationally recognized units of measurement for professional development and training. There are two certificate options, the general certificate and the Certificate in Environmental Analysis.

Participants may complete the program requirements and receive a certificate of completion, or attend just those classes that are of particular interest. Candidates for the general certificate designation must pass each of the five core courses (8 CEUs), plus earn an additional 9.6 CEUs from the list of elective courses (for a total of 17.6 CEUs). Candidates for the Certificate in Environmental Analysis must also pass the five core courses, but are required to choose five elective courses from Elective Tier I, and two courses from Elective Tier II (for a total of 19.2 CEUs). Once a candidate has completed the necessary coursework an application for the certificate of completion must be submitted.

Core Required Courses

All required core courses are twice a year (spring and fall semester) and some are offered more frequently.

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Course Title Fall Spring Summer
Introduction to GIS
Managing a GIS Project  
Cartographic Design for GIS  
Database Design & Management for GIS  
Data Acquisition for GIS

Elective Courses (General Certificate)

Students may choose any elective to complete the 17.6 CEU program. Elective courses offer in-depth instruction in a variety of geospatial applications and advanced skills in geospatial techniques and technology. The range of elective options allows students to gain broad exposure to different areas of geographic information systems or to concentrate their studies to a particular area of interest.

All electives are offered on a rotating basis. Some electives are offered once a year, and some are offered more frequently.

"•" indicates that the course is offered

Course Title Fall Spring Summer
Raster GIS & Analysis  
Using GPS for GIS    
Remote Sensing in GIS, Part I    
Remote Sensing in GIS, Part II    
Spatial Analysis & Modeling  
Scientific Visualization in GIS    
Introduction to Programming ArcGIS    
GIS & Remote Sensing Applications for Coastal & Marine Scientists    
Watershed GIS    
Developing Rich Internet Mapping Applications    
GIS in Crime Analysis    
Spatial Analysis of Public Health Data    
Further Exploration of ArcGIS  
Processing GIS Data with Visual Tools    
Building a Geodatabase    
Introduction to R    
GIS for Sustainable Planning & Urban Design    
Ecological Applications of GIS    

Elective Courses (Certificate in Environmental Analysis)

In order to guide students through an effective series of courses, environmentally focused courses are categorized into two tiers. Tier I consists of courses that emphasize fundamental skills related to environmental GIS analysis. Tier II is composed of courses that allow students to specialize in particular areas such as satellite image processing or GIS programming.

"•" indicates that the course is offered

TIER I - Course Title Fall Spring Summer
Raster GIS & Analysis  
Processing GIS Data with Visual Tools    
Ecological Applications of GIS    
Watershed GIS    
Remote Sensing in GIS, Part I    
Spatial Analysis & Modeling    
GIS & Remote Sensing Applications for Coastal & Marine Scientists    
Using GPS for GIS    

 

TIER II - Course Title Fall Spring Summer
Remote Sensing in GIS, Part II    
Scientific Visualization in GIS    
Introduction to Programming ArcGIS    
Building a Geodatabase    
Introduction to R for Spatial Data Analysis    
Developing Rich Internet Mapping Applications    

Textbooks & Materials

All materials for classes are provided by the program and included in the cost. To assist in the hands-on learning process, free one-year (time out) student license of ESRI ArcGIS (ArcEditor level) and Spatial, Geostatistical, and 3D Analysts ($29,000 retail value) are available to students completing the certificate program. Additionally, students completing the program are provided free access to certain ESRI Virtual Campus courses, online training options for learning ESRI software and GIS concepts, to supplement their training experience through the SF State GIS certificate program.

GIS Certificate Application Fee

Students applying for the Geographic Informations Systems Certificate should complete the Application for Certificate and include a check for $50 to cover this fee. The check should be made out to SF State Extended Learning. This form should be submitted once all classes have been completed.

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