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Overview | Curriculum | Careers

Florida Atlantic University offers a quality online Geographic Information Science education. The online certificate programs are designed for both beginners looking to begin a career in GIS and professionals looking to increase their skills, knowledge, and career advancement. The undergraduate program provide students with an understanding of programming and spatial data analysis through two required courses as well as expand their expertise in one additional applied area of Geographic Information Science. The requirements for completing the advanced certificate are: the GIS certificate plus the two required courses and one additional course from the list below.

Curriculum

A The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduates a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and an Advanced Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Departmental majors or other students who complete the programs with a grade of “C” or better in each course are entitled to the GIS Certificates. Students should consult with their departmental advisor or another faculty member about registration for these programs. Students may use these courses in the completion of a major.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Required Courses
Introduction to Mapping and GIS GIS 3015C 3
Remote Sensing of the Environment GIS 4035C 3
Principles of GIS GIS 4043C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3


Advanced Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (PENDING)

The Advanced Certificate in Geographic Information Systems allows students to develop an in-depth understanding of programming and spatial data analysis through two required courses, and it allows them to expand their expertise in one additional applied area of Geographic Information Science. The requirements for completing the advanced certificate are: the GIS certificate plus the two required courses and one additional course from the list below.

Required Courses
Programming in GIS GIS 4102C 3
Spatial Data Analysis GEO 4167C 3
Choose one of the following applied courses:
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation GIS 4021C 3
Digital Image Analysis GIS 4037C 3
Transportation and Spatial Organization GEO 4700 3
Geovisualization and GIS GIS 4138C 3

 

Geographic Information Systems Certificate
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate for graduate students is offered jointly by the Department of Geosciences and the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Graduate students who complete the program below with a grade of “B” or better in each course are entitled to receive the certificate. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.

Required Courses (9 credits)
Principles of Geographic Information Systems* GIS 5051C 3
OR
Introduction to GIS in Planning URP 6270 3
AND
Applications in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5100C 3
Spatial Data Analysis GIS 6306 3
Choose two of the following courses (6 credits)
Programming in Geographic Information Systems GIS 5103C 3
Environmental Analysis in Planning URP 6425 3
Managing GIS Projects URP 6272 3

* If the undergraduate version of this course was already counted for the undergraduate GIS certificate, this graduate version cannot be counted toward the graduate GIS certificate.

Remote Sensing Certificate
The Department of Geosciences offers graduate students a certificate in Remote Sensing. Graduate students who complete the required courses with a grade of “B” or better in each course will earn the certificate program. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.

Choose four of the following courses:
Remote Sensing of the Environment* GIS 5038C 3
Digital Image Analysis* GIS 5033C 3
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing GIS 6127 3
LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications GIS 6032C 3
Advanced Remote Sensing GIS 6039 3
Photogrammetry and Aerial Photograph Interpretation (Course is pending approval.) GIS 3

Suggested Careers

Florida Atlantic University online certificate in GIS can help you start or advance your career in:

Urban and Regional Planning:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Scientific researchers
  • Managers
  • Technical consultants
  • Local government officials
  • GIS analysts

Environmental Resource Management:

  • Environmental scientists
  • Specialists
  • Health specialists

Surveying and Cartography:

  • Surveyors
  • Cartographers
  • Photogrammetrists
  • Mapping technicians

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More Information About this Program
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Degree Details
College College of Science
Degree type Certificate
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed 12
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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