GIS is the process of managing and analyzing spatial data for decision-making purposes.
Data has become more and more integral in the functioning of many businesses and industries.
Uses include crime mapping, urban planning, logistics, environmental issues etc.
The Graduate Certificate is a 18 hour graduate two-year sequence designed to prepare
students for proficiency in the field. Students seeking admission to the certificate
program are required to fulfill the general requirements for admissions to graduate
programs at CSU, which includes attainment of a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level.
In addition, students who lack at least 3 hours of introductory computer programming
and 3 hours of introductory GIS may be required to make up these deficiencies. Students
who have already taken some of the required courses at CSU or elsewhere are encouraged
to consult the advisor. Fieldwork and internships are a key part of the program. The
department has established relationships with a variety of businesses, community organizations
and public agencies that hire frequently in the GIS area. For those students wishing
to continue their degree program can register for one of the Master degree program
including an M.A. in Geography with Geographic Information Systems Concentration.
Information for this program can be found here (www.csu.edu\gsea\geography\graduate.htm).
- Understand the principles of cartography and be able to design and produce professional
- Understand technical aspects of remote sensing. Be able to visually interpret, digitally
process and analyze imagery acquired via remote sensing systems.
- Understand spatial data structures. Be competent in designing, developing and managing
- Understand GIS concepts, operations and the process of decision making in the GIS
- Understand how ArcGIS and its extensions work.
- Understand how remote sensing applications work.
- Be able to plan and implement a GIS project using ArcGIS and its extensions.
- Be able to plan and implement a GIS system.
The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory at CSU consists of 16 Windows Vista
Business machines, two servers, and several printers for map output. All of these
machines contain the latest ArcGIS 10.0 release and ERDAS Imagine 2011 remote sensing
software. Other map composition tools, geocoding and statistics software including
Corel Draw and SPSS are loaded in the laboratory. Global Positioning Systems equipment
is available for use in course and project work.
Several local and regional datasets are stored in the lab and are available for research
purposes. Among these datasets is a library of Landsat satellite imagery for the past
three decades, IKONOS imagery of the Lake Calumet Region and several sets of census
information. Other resources include the Calumet Environmental Resource Center (CERC) and the Fred Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center (NAC).
Certificate Courses (18 hours):
Geog 5800 Introduction to GIS
Geog 5820 Environmental Remote Sensing
Geog 5830 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Geog 5810 Analytical Cartography
Geog 5840 Digital Image Processing
Geog 5850 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Graduate Certificate Information Sheet (pdf file)
Graduate Certificate Information Sheet (word file)
Course Descriptions (pdf file)
Course Descriptions (word file)